10 Questions with ‘When the World Was Happy’ Producer John De Sohn


10 Questions with ‘When the World Was Happy’ Producer John De Sohn


John De Sohn

We sat down with John De Sohn for a chat on why he chose dance music, what he believes music is going to sound like in 20 years, and his latest release, single “When the World Was Happy.”

John de Sohn is a Swedish DJ and music producer who has previously worked with the Sony Music label. “When the World Was Happy” is his debut with Spinnin’ Records. He hints at many more Spinnin’ tracks to come.

Starting out with making successful remixes for artists like Bruno Mars and Flo Rida, John De Sohn made his debut original release with 2012 single “Long Time,” which became an overnight worldwide hit. He is best known for “Forever Young,” which boasts over 80 million streams on Spotify and was one of the most played songs in Swedish radio in 2018.

“When the World Was Happy” is a collaboration with New York-based American singer Inyang Bassey. The tropical house song, released this late August, is seasonally fitting for the end of summer.

To learn more about John De Sohn, including who he believes would win in a fight between Batman and Spiderman, check out our interview with the artist below:

Q: Before we dig in, what's next for you?

I’ve been signed to majors (Sony, Universal) for 10 years, and this year I wanted to try something new. My new single “When The World Was Happy” is my first track released by Spinnin’ Records, with much more to come

Q: Why did you choose to make dance music?

I started to DJ at an early age back in 2000.  I really loved playing records and making people dance. I decided not just to play other artists’ music and began making music myself in 2010 to play in the clubs.

Q: Let's create a new festival; What would you name it, Where would it be located, and Who would be the top 3 headliners?

I´ve always wanted to go to Rarotonga on the Cook Islands, that location would just be awesome! I would just bring my friends and mix it up with Diplo, A$AP Rocky and myself going b2b2b.

Q: What is music going to sound like 20 years from now?

Hard to say, but I’m a bit concerned about Artificial Intelligence taking over and making soulless music.

Q: What movie has a very memorable soundtrack?

I was at a premiere of the movie “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” in Hollywood, 

And thought the soundtrack was just incredible. Turns it out was done by José González, who is a terrific singer/songwriter.

Q: If you could bring one artist back to life, who would it be?

Freddie Mercury without a doubt. There is no other artist in the world that has created emotions through music like him. A true inspiration!

Q: What if aliens invade our planet, and they're really hot?

Let’s make a band!

Q: If you could spend a day talking to an animal, what animal would you choose and what would you want to learn from them?

A cat. They’re among the hardest to understand but the easiest to love.

Q: What do you think the world will look like in 300 years?

Let’s just say I’m not too optimistic.

Q: Who would win a fight between Spiderman and Batman

Batman would win, he’s just too smart. He would track down Peter Parker and hide his costume.

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