Swedish Music Producers

Rumor has it that it was a serendipity event that got the first pool of new Swedish music producers starting. Apparently, the evening newspaper Aftonbladet had arranged for an interview with twelve Swedish DJs. The reporter was late (in the end never showed up). The DJs started to talk among themselves. Some of them new of each other, but never talked before. An outcome of this meeting was the creation of the record label Swemix. Among those involved were Dr Alban, Stonebridge, Max Martin, and legendary producer Denniz Pop. The label focused on doing remixes for DJs to use when they played in clubs. The remixers’ skills developed into songwriting and full music productions.

After this first modern wave, other followed including Bloodshy and Avant, Douglas Carr, Andreas Carlsson, and Remi. There were even more Swedes on the edge of reaching this international elite producer level.

The latest breaking producer star is RedOne, the man behind Lady Gaga’s success. RedOne sharpened his skills through his collaboration with producer Rami Yacoub working on productions such as Popsie (Popsie), Mats Nyman of Soundism also produced for the same album. International acknowledgment followed with Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance”, “Bad Romance”, “Poker Face”, and others. About 20 young Swedish songwriters / producers are now producing music for international top pop artists.

Max Martin remains one of the word’s absolute top producers. In 2015 he got his 20th number one hit on Bilboard Hot 100 with “Bad Blood”, performed by Taylor Swift. The song is co-written with Shellback, another Swedish songwriter, and Swift and Kendrick Lamar. Max Martin is the third most successful songwriter on this chart ever (Paul McCartney and John Lennon holds first and second spot with 32 and 26 number ones, respectively).

Within the music genre electronica, the Swedish producers are also doing well. Sweden has brought you DJ producers such as Adam Beyer, Alexi Delano, Cari Lekebush, Mad Mats, Joel Müll, Erik Prydzs, and Stonebridge. In 2011, The Swedish House Mafia was nominated to the US Grammy Awards for Best Dance Recording with “Save The World”. The group consisted of the three Swedish DJs Axwell, Steve Angello, and Sebastian Ingrosso. DJ and music producer Avicii has carried the Swedish flag further since then.

Embee is the most internationally known Swedish music producer in the Hip Hop genre.

Swedish music producers and songwriters

These names of music producers are often heard in the music industry and their songs of course:

  • Max Martin
  • Avicii
  • RedOne
  • Robyn
  • Dag Volle (Denniz Pop)
  • Axwell
  • Sebastian Ingrosso
  • Steve Angello
  • Shellback
  • Kristian Lundin
  • Klas Åhlund
  • Andreas Carlsson
  • Anders Bagge
  • Tobias Karlsson
  • Björn Ulveaus
  • Jörgen Elofsson
  • Benny Andersson
  • Embee
  • Eric Prydz
  • Basshunter
  • Cari Lekebusch
  • Christian Falk
  • Thomas G:son
  • Christian Karlsson
  • Kleerup