In 1981 I
began to play in Karlshamns Musikkår
Some years later Karlshamns Musiksällskap (Symphony
in need of Percussionists why I started to play there too.
Besides these two orchestras I also participated in the
School's orchestras and its Percussion Ensemble.
In the band FAITH
I played some serious hard-rock in my teens.
others we made a smaller tour in Finland, a load of
demo-recordings and a 7" single entitled Hymn of the sinner.
7" single has today been quite sought for in collectors markets since
it only was pressed in 500 copies!
More about the band further down this side!
The association Musikforum
a big source of inspiration in my teens.
because of their New Year Shows in which
I played in the orchestra many times, but mostly because they arranged
shows with both known
and unknown rock & jazz artists.
In 1986 I had a part time
teaching job at Olofström's Music School.
This was very useful since it gave me the opportunity to sometimes
sit in on the Drum stool with the 0456-Big Band from Sölvesborg.
Sölvesborg hard-rocking Mercy was a local act.
Mercy was about to
record their album King Doom on
which I was asked to play the Drums, which I accepted.
of different opinions I never got the credits for
the Drums, instead I was thanked as P.Swenson and
for having played Percussion!?!
Between 1989-94 I lived and
worked in Gothenburg, particularly in the in Lövgärdet world famous
With this band I, amongst others participated in the competition Rockslaget
were we actually managed to get to the finals on Liseberg's grand stage.
I also played Drums and Percussion
in Lärjedalens Blåsorkester (Wind
and did some
"sit ins" with the brass band Vinga Sextet.
my son Tobias
In 1991 I had the privelage to
meet with Dave Weckl -
During my time in Gothenburg Janne
Stark had reached
the finals in the competition Guitar battle of Sweden
and were about to record for the finalists compilation CD.
(We'd been playing together in
the band Overheat)
former Overdrive guitarist is also the author of
The encyclopedia of Swedish Hard Rock and Heavy Metal
1970-1996 and The Encyclopedia of Swedish Hard Rock
and Heavy Metal Volume II.
a long story short... I recorded the Drums on his tracks.
In 1994 I returned to the south
of Sweden but this time to Asarum.
I began to play in Karlshamns Musikkår and
Karlshamns Musiksällskap again and also in Karlshamn Big Band.
year I also entered my duties as a Drum and Percussion
teacher at Karlshamn's Music School.
1996 -2001 was I the Drummer in Troja
With this big band have I performed with artists such as:
Svante Thuresson (Pictured) and Vincent Nilsson.
Six-Pack Boogie was a blues & rock band
which I played the Drums during 1995-97.
this band I've been in Denmark playing.
I've also played off and on in Locomotive Breath.
with Mr. Stark who are mentioned above.)
I've been with Blekinge
Hemvärns Musikkår (Home Guard Wind Band) in Denmark representing Sweden, taken care of business in
Blekinge Bataljons Musikkår (Brass Band) together with leading and rehearsing the Percussionists
when ABF-Kören in Karlshamn (Choir) has performed for example Canto General, Misa
Creola and Carmina Burana just to mention some famous works.
choir I've also been in Poland playing.
In 1998 my
book "Trum & Slagverksskolan" gets
published by Warner/Chappell Music Scandinavia!
Read more about it here!
The photo shows me behind
Troja's setup 1999.
the year I've been out doing some freelance with amongst others Nättraby
With Trelleborgs Musikkår did I, Summer 2000,
participate in some fantastic days in the German
2000 I moved from Asarum to Karlshamn.
2001-2002, my work at
Karlshamn's Music School "flows" on - I have many both nice and
has become 9 years old - says something about my own age ;- )
still out and around playing quite a bit - and thanks to this I meet many
interesting and nice persons...
photo on the right is taken at an occation when Karlshamn's Music School
celebrated its 40-year
jubilee in spring 2002.
This spring, 2002, both Blekinge
Läns Tidning and Sydöstran had
articles about me - proffesional and private.
Amongst others this
was why their readers choked when they had
their coffee ;- )
- doomier and heavier than ever!
Summer 2003 the debut album is recorded to be
on vinyl (!) this fall by Stormbringer Productions.
inauguration of Gothia Cup 2003
Ullevi in Gothenburg - audience ca 43'000!
connection to the inauguration of Gothia Cup 2003
had the privilage to meet Lasse "Kurt Olsson" Brandeby!
Partyband Five 4 Fun is formed,
cuts a deal with Doom Symphony, a division
the Italian label Underground Symphony.
start to live "a new healthier life"...
Partyband Five 4 Fun is running smoothly,
records a new album for a future release.
"new healthier life" is going great - I've lost
and feel better than ever before!!!
This photo was taken at a rehearsal 2004/2005.
also appeard in the magazine MUSIKANT
an interview on the topic "Percussion"!
Photo-session with FAITH 2005!
The past couple of years I've been hired at the
festivities in Södra Sandsjö - also 2005!
the Fall of 2005 have I completed my rehearsalstudio with a recordingstudio!
Spring 2006 I got Janne Stark's trust to record 14 of the drum
on his forthcomming solo project Mountain of Power! :-)
also recorded drum tracks on Tribute albums for Guns n' Roses and Motley
have I during the year made some giggs in the Ska-band "Bag-a-Boo"
a gigg with NOVAH Gospel Choir from Sölvesborg... this plus Five 4 Fun that
has been busy and
that are working on new material and of course - my work at Karlshamn's
in Carmina Burana with Karlshamns Musiksällskap and ABF-Kören.
in Skottårsorkestern anno 2006.
the Äggstock festival this year had I the priveliege to perform
the local super heroes in the cult band Wizard Warriors :-)
Homepage to my friend Mary have I also done... and much, much
for exampel jammin' with Mats Lindskog at Midsummer in Södra Sandsjö...
is important ;-)
- over before it began...
Besides my usual
work att Karlshamn's Music School I've also work extra as
teacher at Ronneby KPC - of course it costs, but it also pays of :-)
full speed ahead... playing here and there... some new material is already
is on its way... besides Mountain of Power with
Janne Stark I've also recorded with the
guitarist Michael Gapys and Italian singer Chris
Catena. Building a recording studio was
a smart investment... many new worlds and opportunitys have opened...
Wow, so many things have happened... absolutely amazing -
especially now when one can look back
the past semester and see that everything worked out and that everything
actually was a succes :-)
It all started
with a well needed vacation on Teneriffe (Puerto de la
Cruz) with my friend Mary!
April FAITH went abroad for "Doom Shall Rise V"
- a festival in Göppingen - just outside
in south-west of Germany. We were booked on a flight from Copenhagen/Denmark,
cabin-crew strike we had to drive all the way through Germany... nice touch
again one just had time to water the flowers and now leave for Gothenburg
FAITH was booked to attend "Gothenburg Metal Festival"
- also here we got a feeling
touring and we really apreciated that we was given the opportunity to perform
Le grand Finale,
this long but amusing spring, was to perform with
Stark's "Mountain of Power" at "Sweden
Not only were we
performing material from his album we were also playing
from guesting Micke "Nord" Andersson's solo album and acted as
Janne "Loffe" Carlsson performing Sweden's National Anthem (hard
live in Swedish National Radio but also to act as "house band" in
live broadcasting hard rock show DIST with Andreas Matz as program leader
as Mikkey Dee (Motorhead)
plus Klaus Meine and Rudolph Schenker (Scorpions)
and after - ca 10'000 in the crowd and, what I was told,
800'000 listeners in Swedish National Radio... Coooool :-)
had of course practised a little...
much was there no time for
Rock n' Roll with Mountain of Power @ Sweden Rock
Janne Stark on Guitar and David Fremberg on Vocals
of Power - Live at SRF 2007
Me, David Fremberg, Chris Catena, Nalle "Grizzly" Påhlsson,
Micke "Nord" Andersson, Janne Stark, Mattias Osbäck
To be part of
something like this and get a chance to perform with skilled, professional an
humble musicians like
Nalle and Janne really gives an extra dimention to my own music making and is
great fun and inspiering :-)
Besides all this
fantastic I've also been a father,
(100% in Karlshamn, 25% in Ronneby),
"Five 4 Fun" (performing with
LIVERPOOL) and much more... :-)
Autumn 2007 have been full of events and happenings...
New boss at
Ireland tour and gig in Gothenburg and Dörarp, begun its 3:d CD in my studio...
the Drum Stool in Five 4 Fun...
a new Car...
in Karlshamn Big Band...
with ABF-Kören, Karlshamn...
to record the Drums to a forthcomming project called CONSTANCIA...
FAITH did a
Mórdha we performed
Cork, Dublin and Belfast.
lot of energy...
Thanx to Shane
his Drums and Cymbals!
FAITH had the honour to perform at
in our Minds"
- 2007 09 29
VOLVO S40 1.8 FlexiFuel - Yes, I'm more than pleased :-)
Performing with FAITH in
at "Truckstop Alaska"
Me and Joakim Spogardh with Arne Hagberg's ABF-Choir.
Substituting in Karlshamn Big Band.
Spring 2008 - things are moving... :-)
Constancia is looking for a deal - one of the Songs have been mixed by
legendary Beau Hill!
finally I've turned 40...can't say that I feel that much older, but
obviously I am ;-)
and my friend Mary went to the U.S. during the Eastern Holidays - She has
relatives in Greer and Houston.
visiting them we got a chance to drive and fly around a bit...amongst
others we visited Chattanooga and New York!
Photos @ Photos
Me and Tobias went to Kemer - Turkey the week I had my
Birthday. I really like this Country (and its Cymbals!).
FAITH's new album "Blessed?" was released May
16 on Transubstans Records.
It's all recorded @ my "Studio TrumPeter" and mixed by
the Wizzard Johan Blomström @ studio SOPA.
FAITH performed as opening act @ this years Sweden Rock
Festival! A truly nice gig which we enjoyed very much!
Two of my students were accepted to the Royal Swedish
Army Drum Corps!
I got in contact with Robert Ikiz (Bosphorus Cymbals
- Team Swe) and now endorse
Bosphorus Cymbals :-)
It feels like things are going and moving in the right
- March 2008
& Father @ TAHTALI - Kemer, Turkey
(2365 meters - highly recomended ;-)
Ikiz, Me testing out Bosphorus Cymbals!
@ SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL!
for the photo Roger K. !)
Interview in Swedish Radio P4 about/with FAITH!
This Summer (2008) I've started to record my solo project
can read more about it, and listen, on www.myspace.com/chrotxo!
project is Me recording all parts of the Percussion Ensemble stuff
I use in my Ensemble education @ Karlshamns Musikskola!
hope to get it released in the future so if You are interested don't hesitate
to contact me! :-)
- - -
Though the autumn
of 2008 have been tough in
ways there have been some rays of light :-)
performed @ Dutch Doom Days VII in Rotterdam - Holland
(Photo shows the river Maas seen from EUROMAST)
friend Rob and I explored the green hills of Ireland
his "tank" during my visit of this beutiful island!
Dave Weckl and Tobias after a
concert with Mike Stern Band
the winter hollidays I've finally finalized my project CHROTXO!
was the last part to be recorded.
free to hear Chrotxo "hits" @ www.myspace.com/chrotxo
It has been a
busy spring... I'm however
happy that it finally is Summer! ;-)
As a bonus was I
this Spring honoured with a
by the Swedish Army Drum Corps and
Scholarship from Karlshamn's LION's Club!
nice when one gets some attention!?! :-)
Janne Stark has always lots of things happening...
"If you skipp lunch you get 25 hours out of a day"?! ;-)
With Constancia in the back Mountain of Power vol.II is
on the way!
My friend Mary and Me went to Istanbul on the Spring
Blue Mosque in the background.
In a boat @ the Bosphorus with the new Bosphorus bridge
the background and a Gold Bosphorus Cymbal in my lap! :-)
session @ Blekinge Technical University.
@ Sjölands bakery with Anders Pettersson (B) and Mats Berntsson (Pi)
During this festival I performed with Troja Jazzband in
Carl Gustaf's Church...
... Berndt & Kalle (Karlshamn's Music School) Günter
& Fredrik (Stade Music School - Germany) and Brienn (USA)...
... and in
Blekinge Big Band that was supporting Brienn Perry (USA) and Karin Thulemark
The Consert - as usuall lots of people...
... appreciated by both audience and artists...
... great fun being part...
... in an event like this - great musicians and artists!
This Fall I decided to release a CD with some of the
that I use in my teaching @ Karlshamn's Music School!
info about this Solo Project and how to buy the CD here!
During the Christmas Hollidays I spoiled myself by going
to Fuerteventura :-)
Time to work on my weight - though I don't weigh 105 kg's anymore ;-)
My CD "TrumPeter - Chrotxo" is now available @
the following web shops:
GINZA, CDON.COM, RECORDHEAVEN
I've finished recording Drums on FAITH's forthcomming fourth full length CD.
project of which I'm glad and honoured of beeing part of is Jan Utbult's all
band book "Blåsbanken 1" in which I've written and recorded the
my free-time, which I do have, I'm staying fit by walking!
Summer / Autumn
Me and my friend
Mary took a trip to Iceland, more about this here!
With Berth Idoffs I performed during week 30 on
Ferry cruises between Stockholm, Mariehamn (Åland),
Visby & Riga (Lithuania).
of me substituting in Berth Idoffs this was attentived in Commersen!
a serie about creative people from Karlshamn I was attented in the local
living from above...
Günther, Frederik, Louis, Me, Berndt och Kalle
international constellation in Stade, Germany
PIM5-project. Download as .pdf here (Swedish only!)!
its webpage here (Swedish only!)!
I'm the first one to complete PIM5 in Karlshamn! :-)
stands for Practical IT- and Media competence)
One of my Tortoise's has begun laying eggs! :-)
Tortoise - Testudo Hermanni Boettgeri)
With Carlshamn Punch Big Band have I been performing in
Sångtalang 2011 - soloist here is however Berndt Sjögren.
At work I got an idea that turned out relly good!
(For you that don't understand Swedish the idea was that all of my
perform a drum solo - after three evenings 49 out of 53 had done so!)
Gamby George - the man who taught me
basics in drumming past away...
at the Arne Hagbergs Memorial Consert was a big honour!
The Taurus Mountains outside Beldibi - Turkey, Easter
At a Drum LAN in Karlskrona 21:st of May I did a Clinic
and paticipated in various Workshops.
Makin' it worth while! :-)
My House, bought Summer 2011 - moving in due November.
- - -
Autumn 2011 &
As a house owner focus has been on other things than
music during the past Year...
between renovations there has been some other things done too! ;-)
Enok, born 111124 - Greek Tortoise (Testudo hermanni
Accompanying Alexander Rybak!
Jam-session with Swedish famous Janne "Loffe"
Proud father at baccalaureate!
- - -
Ht 2012 & Vt
My focus for the time being... outside and inside...
chaos... but it's getting good! :-)
companies are highly recomended:
AB, Lindbergs El, Firma Bengt Olsson, Inges Schakt AB,
Stenhuggeri, AB Tor Strömbergs Rörarbeten, AB Maxall,
Söderberg & Carlsson AB, Törneryds Golvservice AB,
i Murning, Mörrums Byggnadsplåt AB, BJ Kylspecialisten AB,
Energi, Blekinge Lås & Larmteknik, Anticimex
This is what it looks like - Summer 2013
As You can see there has been some "Forest
... those Trees lies here and will keep the House warm
for many Winters! :-)
Flagpole, Stone Line, Moved
Bushes, new Paint and Conservatory - 2016
Carport, Cleaned Roof, Moved
Fire Wood, Stone Line and new Paint - 2016
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