It’s not everyday you hear of a 17-year-old creating infectious dance music that lands him touring the globe alongside world-famous DJs and being featured on hit TV shows. But Norwegian producer Coucheron (Sebastian Kornelius Coucheron-Gautier Teigen) was no ordinary teen —  performing with Skrillex and Dada Life after his first single “Outrageous” took the EDM world by storm. Rather than just duplicating the electro-house style that brought him massive success, the now 20-year-old producer is setting no boundaries or limitations and creating fun, danceable tracks inspired by all of his favorite music genres.

We got a chance to catch up with Coucheron and ask him about his new music and finally figure out what exactly is a “Honky Donk.”

1. Honky Donk, your newest single is so catchy and fun! But tell us, what is a honky donk?

Thank you very much, Coca-Cola (feels cool saying that)! Truth is, I don’t have a firm idea of what a Honky Donk is. It’s just a silly idea my girlfriend had, and I pretty much want to leave it up to each and everyone’s own imagination to decide. I, for one, feel that Honky Donk is a rebellious state of mind, doing whatever you please with whomever you please, and putting Honkeys in Donkeys. But for some reason, everyone else thinks it’s about some weird type of sexual behaviour…

2. Weve heard that your parents are musicians and that you can even play the piano, guitar, and drums. Do you use any live instruments when creating a track?

None of my parents are musicians (but my father plays a little sax every now and then), but yes, most of my tracks include guitars and bass. And most melodies and chord progressions are recorded through a MIDI-keyboard, in order to keep a human feel in terms of timing and velocity. I recently got a hold of an electronic drum kit, which is fun to record with as well. I always try to build a song’s skeleton as organically as possible, and then add all other elements when I feel the structure is solid. When a song is finished and fully produced, I like stripping it down to an acoustic version with just guitar/piano and vocals, just to proof-check that the song skeleton is solid enough. Simply put, I don’t want the song to rely on insane technology in order to sound amazing.

3. Your first single from 2011, Outrageous can be described as electro-house. Now, your latest releases sound very much influenced by other genres. How would you describe your sound now?

I think of my sound now as fun, childish, naive, imperfect, and ever-evolving. As much as I really enjoyed the electro-house scene at the time (and still do, to some extent), I pretty much jumped at the bandwagon at the time, and at some point I wanted to let all my other influences take part in my sound, too. I was writing songs way before I got into production, so I want to take back what I had then, and combine it with what I’ve learned on production. Additionally, I’m discovering new sides of my musical identity all the time, and I’ll always try to make them evident in my tracks.

4. What can we expect to hear from your upcoming EP, Playground when it is released later this year?

There’s no set date for when the Playground project will see the light of day, or if it ever will. However, when it finally arrives, you can expect playful tunes, something happy, and something not-so-happy. Elements of rock, hip-hop, disco and dance music, as well as performances from some of my favorite vocalists. 

5. Talk us through the songs on your Spotify playlist and why you chose them?

For this playlist, I chose 30 songs that makes me feel happy no matter how bad of a day I’m going through. You’ll find some classic rock, some more recent indie bands, and some great contemporary pop music. A lot of these songs have inspired me in many ways, and a lot of my upcoming tracks would definitely make it into this playlist! Also, you’ll find the best happy music Norway has to offer! Unfortunately, a lot of great Norwegian artists make very sad and mellow music so they couldn’t make the list. :(