Exclusive Interview With Superstar Danish Producer Sebastian Wibe And His Brand New Release – 1989, OUT NOW!
Danish Producer Sebastian Wibe is 24 years old and wasn’t around for the first wave of house music. With his latest offering 1989, the versatile youngster pay homage to the house sound of the late 80’s and adding a Paradise House vocal with the classic Balearic flavor written all over it.
With support from international DJs such as David Guetta, Tiesto, Martin Garrix and Don Diablo, the hard-working Dane has released music under a long list of respected labels such as Hexagon and Universal Music, the latter is where he’s also signed as an artist. His music has been played on the biggest dance festivals in the world, such as Tomorrowland and Electric Daisy Carnival, and surpassed +12 million streams on Spotify.
In 2020, Sebastian Wibe won ‘Best New Artist’ at Danish award show ‘Club Awards’ and has since remixed big names such as Alan Walker, Ava Max and Nile Rodgers. After a busy year in 2022, playing clubs, festivals and releasing music with Universal, Sebastian is now ready to unveil the next chapter. First step is the new single ‘1989’ which sees Sebastian going back to the roots, experimenting with fresh and old sounds to create his new Scandinavian and experimenting club sound.
Listen to Sebastian Wibe – 1989 on Spotify
1) How did you first get into DJing and producing electronic dance music?
I actually started out when I was a teen, trying free programs like Virtual DJ. After a while, i wanted to learn the real thing, and signed up for a DJ class at the local youth club with two of my, still today, best friends. I stepped a foot inside this world, and never looked back.
2) Who are some of your biggest influences in the industry?
Really look up to guys like Frankie Knuckles, Giorgio Moroder and Armand Van Helden, who are huge legends in their own right! Also SG Lewis and John Summit are killing the scene right now.
3) Can you walk us through your process for creating a new track?
For me it starts with either a sick melody or a dope groove. If I can feel the vibe from just that, I know its gonna be good. Also really enjoying messing around with old school samples and synths at the moment.
4) How do you prepare for a gig? Do you have any pre-performance rituals or routines?
Before i even get to the venue, I’ve probably been making edits and downloading new tracks all day. At the venue, I always gotta down a cold one, double check I got my usb’s and jump around in excitement before hitting the stage haha. Right before going on, I just take a quick moment to collect my thoughts and feeling blessed for being able to stand here.
5) What has been your favorite gig or event to play at so far in your career?
Hard one! There’s been a few i’m really proud of, such as hosting our own GOOD WIBES stage at Distortion Festival last year. Played Smukfest twice, also an insane vibe.
6) What do you enjoy most about performing as a DJ?
That moment when walking on stage and just feeling that raw, pure energy from the crowd. It’s difficult to describe but it’s truly an out-of-body experience.
7) Can you share any memorable experiences or anecdotes from your time as a DJ and producer?
Oh got quite a few haha. From the early gigs playing for a bus ticket with my mates, to getting drunk off Raki in Greece with Brooks and Julian Jordan, and then again to raving with 10.000 people at a beach last year.
8) How do you stay current and find new music to play at your gigs?
I kinda live on SoundCloud and Beatport, scouting for new gems everyday. To be honest, Spotify has also stepped up their playlist game, so I go there and check as well.
9) What’s next for you in terms of new projects or goals?
The past months I’ve been trying to approach my sessions with a new mind, just having fun and creating interesting stuff, which some really cool warehouse rave type sound has been born from. In 2023, I’m going back to my roots, releasing house music that I’m really proud of. Also working on incorporating new live elements such as drum machines etc for my shows.
10) In your free time, what do you like to do outside of music? Do you have any hobbies or passions outside of the industry?
To be honest, I’m a huge nerd in all I do. Recently got some Warhammer figures that imma try and paint when I need a break from the studio. Also If I have a Sunday off, you’ll find me in the kitchen vibing over a 5-hour slow-simmer Bolognese.
11) How do you adapt your sets to fit the energy and vibe of the crowd at each gig?
I have my style that i’m trying to honor at all my shows, but since i pretty much listen to everything, I’m pretty comfortable in most genres. So it’s quite easy for me to shift it up, if i sense the crowd could go harder, or needs a softer start. its all about feeling the vibe.
12) What are some challenges you’ve faced as a DJ and how have you overcome them?
When you start playing shows at clubs and festivals, sometimes people aren’t explicitly there for you, and that’s okay. I will give 110% of myself on stage every single time anyways. I wanna give every single person in the crowd, even if they’re not there for me, a feeling of getting their moneys worth x 100.
13) How do you think the electronic dance music industry has changed since you first started out?
The way I see it, when I started out, the scene was very centered around “the superstar dj” with big budget music videos and huge pop hits (and mad respect to guys like David Guetta and Calvin Harris for carrying that torch, opening the doors for all of us), but now i feel like we’re on the way back to the underground – but not like before! Today you can be an underground artist, spinning techno records like Charlotte de Witte or Kölsch and still be playing Tomorrowland Mainstage at peak time.
14) What do you hope to achieve with your music in the long-term?
For me, to be able to touch people with my music is the most important thing. Right now I’m having fun and doing as many cool records as I can. In the long term, I would love to work with as many different artists and genres as I can, and maybe set up a record label to help new talent out.
15) Can you share any tips or advice for aspiring DJs and producers who are just starting out in the industry?
Consistency is key! Keep practicing, keep producing and keep releasing. Also, something I’ve learned, which has stopped me from overthinking every move, is that in the end, people will tell you what they like, and what they don’t, so stop worrying about every release, put it out if you like it! And if it’s good, people will tell you. If it’s not, fair game! Simply move on to the next one. Keep going and never stop.
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