When I was asked to do the DJ-Kicks, I was really excited. I have been buying all the DJ-Kicks compilations for years. I've been collecting all of them. So it was a really great thing for me to do. As a DJ, I'm usually playing a set of very different sort of genres. I don't only play pop or electro... I play everything that I'm into. So I would say it is quite a free, quite an open, diverse mix.
When I was putting together the track listing, it was quite difficult I have to say. I have such a vivid taste in music. I guess I could have put together a pure rock compilation, with just rock songs that I am into or maybe just a hip hop collection, but I choose to put together songs that I've been really inspired by, and also songs that I don't think many people have heard before. So I have for example artists like Toy, which is a Norwegian artist from Bergen, who is coming out with an album later this year. And Datarock, which is a local Bergen band as well. And then you have songs like: Bow Wow Wow—'I Want Candy', which is quite a classic pop-rock song. So it is quite a vivid compilation, I would say.
I chose to have a few classics, and one of them is Alan Vega, from Suicide, with 'Jukebox Baby'. I think it is an amazing song and I have always been a fan of it and I'm always playing Alan Vega. I also have ESG and I have Bow Wow Wow—'I want candy', but most of the songs are quite new and some of them unreleased and some of them have been out for a year or two.
The previously unreleased track "Wedding" was offered as a free download prior to the album's release.