John Dahlback, 'Life (Diamonds in the Dark)': Exclusive Song Premiere

John Dahlback

Big Beat

Swedish DJ John Dahlback puts a fresh new spin on his single with singer Agnes Carlsson.

What do you do when you have a hit instrumental track on your hands?

For many EDM producers, the answer lately has been a simple one: “Get Pitbull.” But if Pit isn’t available, why not try a recognized vocalist? With the addition of a Ryan Tedder topline, Sebastian Ingrosso and Alesso made fan favorite “Calling” into an even bigger hit, “Calling (Lose My Mind).”

Now, Swedish DJ and producer John Dahlback is attempting the same feat with “Life” (originally released in Feb. 2012)  with the lush vocals of fellow Swede Agnes Carlsson.

“She’s one of the biggest pop stars in Sweden,” says Dahlback of Carlsson, “So for me it was a big honor to have her on the track. This may not be what she’d do normally, but she’s very happy with the result.”

The original track’s winding synth line and bubbling buildup made it a main stage staple throughout the summer festival season. BBC Radio 1 host and dance music demigod Pete Tong even declared it an “Essential New Tune.” Now renamed “Life (Diamonds in the Night),” the new version features a simple, very singable verse that only adds to the euphoric drop. Listen below.

Dahlback is also pleased with the remix package that will accompany the February 25 release. Together with label Big Beat, Dahlback selected remixes from Australian upstarts Feenixpawl, fellow Swedish DJs Lunde Bros., and Canadian electro-house artist Lazy Rich.

“We didn’t go with the most well-known artists,” Dahlback explains. “I always want to give up-and-coming talent a shot as well.” 

Feenixpawl’s remix, which Dahlback cops to playing most in his DJ sets, gives the verses a minimal feel, only to up the drama after the drop with chopped-up vocals; Lazy Rich goes heavy with a R3hab-inspired chainsaw synth line; and the Lunde Bros. deliver a stripped-down take on Dahlback’s original melody.

“We want to cover all bases with this [release],” says Dahlback. It’s feat he and Big Beat no doubt accomplished.

You can check out Dahlback dropping that Feenixpawl mix on his North American tour, launching tomorrow. Dates below.

Feb 01: Toronto, ON @ Uniun

Feb 02: Chicago, IL @ The Mid

Feb 06: Los Angeles, CA @ Supperclub

Feb 07: Montreal, QC @ Time Supperclub

Feb 08: Boston, Ma @ The Estate

Feb 09: Miami FL @ Mansion Miami

Feb 15: Austin, TX @ Kingdom

Feb 16: Seattle, WA @ Last Supper Club

Feb 17: Edmonton, AB @ Shaw Conference

Feb 19: Orlando, FL @ Attic

Feb 21: Tallahassee, FL @ Coliseum

Feb 22: Philadelphia, PA @ Lit Ultra Bar

Feb 23: Las Vegas, NV @ XS