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Basshunter: "The Name Asshunter Was Already Taken..."

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Fraser McAlpine | 17:21 UK time, Thursday, 24 January 2008


Some interviews are stranger than others. Sometimes you can tell it's going to be that way before you even start, and sometimes the strangeness just creeps up on you before you even know it. This was one of those times. I wanted to talk to Jonas Altberg, the man they call Basshunter, about his current No.1 hit single, and how he managed to outsell the X-Factor winner AND the hotly-tipped new jazzpop chanteuse (that's Adele, in case you're wondering).

Trouble is, I caught him at a bad time. He'd just woken up (at 4pm!), and was trying to find a nice way of asking for a bit of time to get his head together, in English, which is not his first language. So it was kind of awkward, and I went away a little nonplussed, but ready to ring back an hour later and try again. Which is where we pick up the story once more...

BasshunterWhat I Expected: An apology for upsetting the natural order of our chart...a little bit of malarkey about the name Basshunter...maybe a touch of smugness, seeing as he's at No.1 and we're not...
What I Did Not Expect: Well, the first interview attempt was a little surprising, especially when he said he had to go, get a Red Bull and have "a s***e"...Swedish fishing tips...And there's a bit I really can't play you where he claims that he's been so busy with his work that he hasn't even had time to, er, well, never you mind *blushes*...


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Here's the video for 'Now You're Gone', which is at No.1 right NOW...

...er, you already knew that, right?

Basshunter is also available in website form...
And MySpace form...


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