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Dag Krister Volle (26 April 1963 – 30 August 1998), better known as Denniz Pop (stylized Denniz PoP), was a Swedish DJ, music producer and songwriter. As the mastermind of Cheiron Studios, he had produced music for some of the biggest stars in the world and laid the foundation for a Swedish golden age of music production and songwriting.

Denniz PoP
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Background information
Birth nameDag Krister Volle
Also known asDenniz PoP, Dagge
Born(1963-04-26)26 April 1963
Died30 August 1998(1998-08-30) (aged 35)
Music producer


Life and careerEdit

Volle was born on 26 April 1963 to the Norwegian immigrants Jarl Gregar Volle and Anna Volle (née Innstø).[1][2] He began as a DJ in the 1980s, started producing remixed records and later original releases, producing Dr. Alban’s single "Hello Afrika" in 1990. With Tom Talomaa he started the Cheiron Studios on Kungsholmen in Stockholm in 1991, and the next year recruited Max Martin (Martin Sandberg) to the studio. In the following years he produced and wrote songs for several successful Swedish and foreign artists, including Ace of Base, Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, N'Sync, E-Type, Dr Alban, Robyn and 5ive.

In an interview, Volle told that he took the name “Denniz” from a comic book and then added “pop” to it.[1]


In August 1998, Volle died of stomach cancer at the age of 35.[3] The video to The Backstreet Boys' "Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely" and Jessica Folker theme "A Little Bit" were dedicated to him. E-Type's album Last Man Standing commemorates Dag with a dirge, the final track PoP Preludium. Britney Spears dedicated her award for Best Song at the 1999 MTV Europe Music Awards to him.


The Denniz Pop Awards were created in 2013 by former members of Cheiron Studios to help distinguish Scandinavian songwriters, producers and artists.[4] Notable winners include Swedish House Mafia and Avicii.[5] Cheiron became the start of a Swedish wave of successful producers and songwriters, with Max Martin as the biggest star. Other prominent producers who were part of Cheiron include Carl Falk, Rami Yacoub, Kristian Lundin, Per Magnusson, Jörgen Elofsson and Andreas Carlsson.


  1. ^ a b "Cheiron - En popsaga Del 1 av 5". YouTube. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Jarl Gregar Volle". Genealogy. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  3. ^ Moser, Whet (24 March 2014). "Swedish Pop Mafia: How a culturally conservative effort in the 1940s backfired to create the greatest engine of pop music in the world". Pacific Standard. Retrieved 25 March 2014.
  4. ^ Denniz Pop Awards - About
  5. ^ "This year's Laureates in Denniz Pop Awards" (in Swedish). Expressen. 12 June 2014. Retrieved 25 August 2014.

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