Jesper Dahlback is a tech house and techno DJ/producer who emerged at the same time as Adam Beyer and Cari Lekebusch as part of the early Swedish techno scene.
Jesper Dahlback is one of Sweden's leading DJ/producers with a lengthy back
catalogue to his name. Recent productions include collaborations with Alexi Delano,
Jori Hulkkonen, Tiga, Adam Beyer as well as remixes for the likes of Rex the Dog,
Zoo Brazil, Arnaud Rebotini of Black Strobe, Thomas P Heckman, Pan Pot, Len Faki.
Production also ranges into Tiga remixes of Depeche Mode, The Prodigy and LCD Soundsytem
as well as remixes of Robyn and The Knife together with his cousin John.
Jesper has music in his genes - his grandfather, father and uncle are all musicians
as are most of his cousins - but it was the musical movements in Detroit, Berlin and
London that inspired him to start producing techno, back in 1991 in his bedroom
studio. Completely hooked, by 1993 he'd formed the Stockholm-based Globe Studios
together with Peter Benisch and Adam Beyer following a chance meeting on the
train to Love Parade.
In 1996 Jesper started the imprint, Blank, mainly for his own material, and
simultaneously launched joint venture DK with Thomas Krome - one of the first labels
in Sweden with a techno house crossover approach and the home of producers Alexi
Delano, John Sealway, Jori Hulkkonen and DJ Sneak, to name a few.
In addition to making music for various techno labels around the world and working
with Planet Rhythm, Jesper met up with Swiss-born Stephan Grieder who had just
started the Svek label. The duo started to experiment with different sounds, drawing
on house music's roots, utilising vocals and acoustic instruments.
Jesper now describes his sound as "ranging between the analogue sounds of the roland sh101
and the precision mathematics of my computer. I'm a researcher and developer of
unheard sounds! Since the founding of Globe Studios, I have always been looking
for new ways to bend the rules and test the unknown. When I DJ, I just play my own
productions blending old classics with new unreleased demos."
A producer first and foremost, Jesper's DJ dates find him weaving a soundscape of
his productions, remixes and collaborations with new material at every gig, as well as
musical elements and sounds worked through the set.
"The most exciting element is that there's no genre boundaries in the music I make
today. I like exploring different territories in sounds and breaking new ground.
Sometimes I work only with my synthesizers, sometimes on collaborations with other
people playing instruments or on vocals.
Jesper is now also running his new label called International Sound Laboratory or just ISL.
The label is part of the new movements bringing techno and music production in to the new
century. So far artists like Alexi Delano, Tony Rohr, Cari Lekebusch, Jori Hulkkonen and
Jesper himself has produced material for the label. The imprint works as a experimental
platform for the new era in techno music.