I am a Swedish/Icelandic musician based in Stockholm, but born and raised in Umeå—The City of Birches—up in Northern Sweden. I like to think my music is influenced by the vast forrest of northern Sweden and the rugged beauty of Iceland. At the moment I work solo, but have in the past been involved with everything from duos to 7 piece big bands. My music production covers everything from progressive rock, orchestral folk, singer-songwriter folk, pop, folk-jazz, trip-hop, and melodious rap. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with offers of collaboration. Check my portfolio for the kind of projects I’ve been involved with.
I am now in the process of releasing music that came out of two intensive recording session with producer Tyler Johnson. The first two singles—Over My Head and I’m Here—helped me get signed to Canadian Nettwerk Music Group. In the first half of 2020 I released three more singles— I’m Sorry, Neighbour Boy, and Ride the Stream— which together with the first two were released in an EP on 3 July 2020 under the name I’m Sorry.
I have now released four more singles from an upcoming album, which I think clearly marks a new stage in my music making. The first—Avalon—has an edgy trip-hop touch to it, reminiscent of Massive Attack. The second—You Want Love—may be the folkiest piece I have ever written. The third—American Poster—is a fusion of flamenco, rap, folk and trip-hop, and the fourth—Nicotine Bunker—is a light ditty that may make you think of a mix between Jose González and Kings of Convenience.
I’m not a newbie musician. In 2012 I founded the music collective Lärkträdet (The Larch) together with Lucas Enquist and Ludvig Söderström. The core members of the collective shared a detached house in Umeå for 3 years and our collaboration gave rise to a numer of band constellations, such as Brother North, Lärkträdet, and Högkvarteret, and we played 16 gigs in that period. In 2015 Umeå City Council awarded me the annual Travel and Culture Stipend for having “contributed to the strengthening of Umeå’s status in Sweden and the World as a city of music and culture”. Here you can see one of Brother North’s performances. The bands are all in hiatus now, but we made some great music and still get together now and again for a jam.
My musical training began at six, playing the flute in the Suzuki program of Umeå Music Services until I was sixteen. At twelve I was admitted to Umeå Music Classes, which is a regular school except the students are admitted according to musical talent and receive at least one hour of musical training a day, either in the form of choir practice, brass band practice, and pop/rock band practice. There I received basic practice in playing drums, bass, electric guitar and piano. At fourteen I was admitted to F-linjen at Umeå Music Services, which allowed me to add classical guitar to my repertoire. Since then I have been endlessly playing.
I first started in a band at twelve, called Thingvellir. We only played our own music and in fact recorded an album when we were 14 but it was never released. The band reformed later as Slingshot Theory, and came runner–up twice in the regional finals of Musik Direkt, a national competition. Slingshot Theory broke up when its members went off to various colleges in different parts of the country, leaving only me and Lucas Enquist in Umeå. We decided to continue our collaboration as a duo called Brother North, and to engage other musicians only for gigs and recording. We self-released an album in 2014 which Beehype later selected as one of the Best Icelandic Albums of 2014.
My parents moved to the UK when I was 16, but I decided to stay in Umeå. They rented their house to students, and I lived there as part of that collective while finishing my A-levels. My friend Lucas later moved into the collective, and gradually other musicians moved in too. First Ludvig Söderström which has a very eccentric style on electric guitar, as you can hear on Fristad. We hit some kind of inspirational high and created material for a whole album over a couple of weeks during the summer of 2012 which we later recorded and hope to release soon. Our project is called Lärkträdet (The Larch). At that point the number of musical collaborators that were regularly coming to our house to jam was running close to 30, so we formed a music collective that also was called Lärkträdet, simply because that is the name of the property we lived in. It has created some confusion that the duo Lärkträdet and the collective have the same name, but it’s healthy to mix things up a little.
Some time later two rappers joined the household and we all joined up to create the big band Högkvarteret (Headquarters) which plays melodious pop with rap lyrics. The band has just recorded material for an album, but we weren’t totally happy with how it turned out, so we are doing it all over again before we release it.