Thursday, 3 September 2009

Basshunter: A Three-Hour-A-Day Man

Millions. Tens of millions. Hundreds of millions. There aren’t many people who can track their time on YouTube using these kinds of numbers, but thanks to being behind probably the most successful series of Dance Music videos ever, today’s Guest Editor can. Add to that the fact that he spends upwards of three hours a day on the site and Basshunter – aka Jonas Altberg – should be a natural when it comes to selecting videos.






Whichever way you slice it, Jonas knows what the online video audience is looking for – you don’t see too many videos with over 67,000,000 clicks, after all – which is what makes his selection of SNAP’s 1992 chart-topper “Rhythm Is A Dancer” all the more interesting. “It’s a classic… a song that I used to dance to when I was young,” he explains. Here at YouTube we could recall the clouds of dry ice in the video. The space exploration theme came as more of a blast form the past.


Not half as much of a jolt, however, as we got on viewing his second selection: Arash and Shaggy’s “Donya”, which has to rank as one of the most atmospheric videos we have seen in some time. Set against Basshunter’s next choice (and latest release) “Every Morning”, that’s saying something. “It’s based on a true story,” Jonas explains. “The ending is very dramatic… and mysterious.” Wrapping things up with “massive, well known, old school tune” from Essex’s finest, The Prodigy – the one and only “Firestarter” – it’s clear that Basshunter is a man who knows his onions.


In the light of which, if you want to learn more about the trying life of an international superstar artist, DJ and producer, tune into his “Behind The Bass” documentary, or maybe find out what happened when he got face invaded by Pocket TV.


Finally, seeing as he is generous enough to come out and say “I love YouTube… it is like the centre of the Universe for me,” we would like to return the compliment. He and Aylar are welcome to drop round for tea whenever they’re in town.


Anyway: to the music! We hope you enjoy today’s takeover – we have a few more lined up for the coming days, so stay tuned.


Have fun,

Jamie Dolling, Community Editor, YouTube UK, recently watched “How To Break Up”.

5 comments:

illage2 said...

Basshunter is a legend, great to see you supporting Youtube mate.

Remember to stay positive there.

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