10 Questions with ... Sebastian Ingrosso
June 16, 2015
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
1) How are you, do you prefer to be called Sebastian or Seb, and where are you from?
I'm great! I think Seb is easier. Sebastian takes a longer time. I'm on my way home, which is in Stockholm.
I like that you put in a plug for your song right there, "On My Way"!
I appreciate that! I didn't even think about that actually! [LOL]
2) I interview a lot of artists and I always ask them: What's a favorite restaurant that you want to go to, to get a good meal and everybody brings up the restaurant that you and Axwell own in Sweden, they all say it is amazing and the food is great. What's the name of the restaurant and what's the must have dish?
Really!? UN POCO. I have to say it's very good. You know, we've been traveling around the world for a while so its convenient to open something with the inspiration that we get from all over the world. It's nice! You have to have the Truffles Macaroni for sure!
3) You have a brand new single coming out with Axwell, "Sun Is Shining," that's currently featured in an H&M Commercial, what can you tell us about the song?
"Sun Is Shining" is written and produced by me and Axwell and Vincent Pontare and Salem Al Fakir, who also sings on the song. The song means someone thinks the other is like the sun in their life. It's pretty epic and a beautiful song and it works well for us. We are super-excited to release it and it's a soulful vocal song kind of inspired by and has a little bit of a Simon & Garfunkel vibe. It's really interesting.
4) I'm sure your fans are looking forward to the song. Here in the States, it goes to radio on June 22nd. Considering that both "On My Way" and "Something New" were #1 Dance Airplay songs, I would say it's a safe bet to say the "Sun Is Shining" will do the same thing!
Or even better, you never know!
5) Of the songs that you're doing with Axwell, is there one that you love more than the others?
Yea, of course there is. You know I love them all, and I think they're all great! But there's one that I really think that, you know, it's actually not released yet ... it's called "Dreamer" and that one is really close to my heart.
6) Is there an album that it'll be on? When can your fans expect to hear that? Is there a name for the album? Any surprises? Anything you want to tell your fans or the DJs, Radio about what's coming from Sebastian, or Axwell /\ Ingrosso?
It will be featured on the album that's out in September, but we don't have a name yet. We're working on it. We're kind of collaborating on some different names, but that's how we work. We always come up with something five minutes before we have to have it in. We're coming out with a lot of music. I couldn't tell you if there are any surprises or they wouldn't be surprises.
7) About a year ago I interviewed John Martin and he mentioned to me -- and you've worked with him a couple of times on a few different songs -- that he never really thought that one song could change his life like "Don't You Worry Child" did. When you first started DJ-ing and remixing, did you ever think you would ever be where you are today?
Absolutely not. I just made music because it was like a hobby for me. I didn't really think that I was good at making music -- until recently, actually! You know I'm like, "Okay, I think I can do this!" So, no, I don't think so.
8) It's an amazing climb. Your music has touched millions of people's hearts. How did you first meet Axwell?
THANK YOU! We met in a restaurant many years ago in Sweden. I heard his name. He actually was sitting down with another fellow friend of mine and I had heard his EP, they were still talking and they invited me to the studio. There were five or six people in Sweden making House music, the kind of House music that we did, so we started to have contact straight away.
9) You mentioned listening to House music, was there a DJ or a producer when you were growing up that inspired you to do what you do?
Yes, for sure. There was Daft Punk. There was Fatboy Slim, Chemical Brothers.
10) When you go out and tour, is there one song of yours that your fans just go crazy for when they hear it ... that if you didn't play it, the fans would be upset?
There are a few, such as "Calling," the track I made with Alesso. There's another called "Reload" and obviously those older hits.
Early in your career you did a number of remixes -- a Stonebridge "Put Em High," Chris Brown & Benni Bennasi "Beautiful People," Erik Prydz & Pink Floyd "Proper Education" ... is there a remix that you've done in your career that stands out amongst the rest?
I did a remix with Steve Angello called "49 Percent" by Royksopp. That changed a lot for us, you know, back in the day that was really big!
With your crazy schedule, and all the touring that you're doing with Axwell, you also have a record label, Refune, where you've definitely found some great people such as Alesso and Style Of Eye. Anything on Refune that your fans can look forward to hearing?
We are putting out new music in the Summer here, we are doing some more versatile shit right now. We're thinking like maybe we should be broader, more eclectic, so yeah! It's going to be an interesting year.
Where did the name Refune come from?
I don't know; I just came up with it. I don't know what it means. It felt nice to say, in a way. It doesn't even mean anything. That's the coolest thing.
If you weren't working in the studio and you could go see one DJ or one artist perform, who would it be?
I would like to see Coldplay.