Stockholm studios are renown as among the most important in the world’s popular music industry. While today’s technology has enabled anyone to set-up a “studio”, only a few studios count as professional. You can find links to pro-level recording studios in the Stockholm area under the related links. The studios that are included all have a good reputation and have been used for recordings and/or productions of significance.
Swedish music artists that gained international success have contributed to Sweden’s success in the music business. International artists from Sweden are also found in for example Hip-Hop with Looptroop Rockers and Promoe, pop/rock with The Hives, Heavy Rock with In Flames, and Jazz with Esbjörn Svensson Trio.
Along with the success of Swedish artists came the perhaps even bigger success of Swedish music producers and song writers. These two developments supported the establishment of professional music recording studios in Stockholm, Sweden. All combined it has lead to establish Sweden as a major international music center.
The Polar Music Prize is another contributor that anchors Sweden as a global music center. Stig Andersson, ABBA’s manager, founded the price in 1989, thereby closing the circle and stimulating future achievements in music. Today, it is considered the most prestigious international music prize. The award is typically given for an outstanding person within all sorts of music genres. Past award winners are for example Burt Bacharach, Ray Charles, Gilberto Gil, Dizzy Gillespie, and Robert Moog. The choice of winners is also an indicator of the wide influences the Swedish music scene incorporates in the music productions.
An example of how much involved Sweden is in international music scene is taken from 2005:
Madonna’s “Hung Up” was produced by the Swedish producers and song writers Bloodshy and Avant. It has samples of Abba’s “Gimme, Gimme”. The accompanying music video was directed by Johan Renck, the Swedish music video director. The Madonna documentary ”I’m going to tell you a secret”, was produced by Swedish music video director Jonas Åkerlund.