Internet mogul Kim Dotcom says recording a full-length studio album was a chance to escape from his ongoing legal woes and is void of a political message.
Released today, Good Times features 17 electronic dance tracks and appearances by Kiwi artists Tiki Tane and Laughton Kora, as well as Dotcom's own wife Mona.
In an interview with The Edge radio hosts Jay Jay, Mike and Dom airing tomorrow, Dotcom says his album is about "pumping you up" and has a "positive vibe all the way through".
"When I was in the studio working on the album it was a total relief because I could just switch off all the dark clouds and negativity and just go in there and work on something really positive."
Dotcom - who faces allegations of copyright infringement and has an extradition hearing scheduled for later this year - says recording the album was something he had always wanted to do.
"I started making tunes on my computer when I was 12, so all my teenage life I've made tunes and when I had the opportunity to go into the studio with professionals I couldn't resist."
The Mega founder also spoke about life following the raid two years ago on his Coatesville mansion.
"I'm in a golden cage. I can't travel anywhere - I have to report to police every week as part of my bail conditions and of course I'm still facing an extradition case."
But Dotcom says he is positive about his chances in the case, saying a guilty verdict would set a precedent and the founders of companies like YouTube, Google and Dropbox would be "in the same boat" as him.
In the meantime, he says he is continuing to work on rebuilding his online empire.
"My motto is if they seize all your assets and destroy your billion-dollar company, just build a new billion-dollar company, and that's what I'm doing."
Last week Dotcom announced he was launching a new political party the Internet Party, which aimed to "activate non-voters, the youth, the Internet electorate".
Originally he had planned to have a 'Party Party' to launch both Good Times and his Internet Party, as well as celebrate his 40th birthday, but was forced to cancel on advice it may break electoral laws.
Dotcom says he is being extra careful not to make the same mistake as he releases his album, which he describes as having no political message.
"The thing is, today is all about my album. I already had to cancel my birthday party because I was going to make a tiny announcement about the political party and I don't want this to happen to the album, so I've got to be really careful.
"I have the Electoral Commission and everyone looking exactly at what I'm doing and I can’t mix the album's story with the political party."
Dotcom is also launching Baboom today, a music service he describes as an "iTunes and Spotify hybrid".
source: newshub archive