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Björn Fogelberg is a Swedish music producer, web developer and writer.

Björn started producing electronic music on a Commodore 64 computer in 1985. As part of the demoscene he created music and graphics for the demogroup XAKK, which he also was the co-founder of.

Since the mid 90’s he has released two commercial CDs, several digital tracks and been featured on many CD compilations.

The style of his music has evolved over the years. The first album 64 (1996 XAKK Records) sounded clearly 80’s as it was inspired by his years as part of the Commodore 64 scene. The second album “Karooshi Porn” (Ninetysix Sounds/XAKK Records) had a more commercial, laid back sound that fit well into the late 90s ambient/electronica/techno vibe.

In 2005 Björn got his first electronic dance music release with the remix of the Deep Orbit (Damion Houchen/Genix) track “Revolver” for Dutch label KYR Records. Also in 2005 he resurrected XAKK Records as a digital label for releasing his own stuff and that of his talented friends.

Mind your matter (2006 XAKK Records) was played by some of the biggest DJs in the industry, like Armin Van Buuren (“One of my favourite tracks…”) and Markus Schulz.

“The black hole in my heart” (2006 XAKK Records) was supported by Matt Darey (“Loving this deep, dark and dirty progressive tune! Has my full support!”).

In 2008 he released the track “All in your mind” on System Recordings which featured vocals by him self. 2009 saw the release of the track “Feeding the bear”, also on System Recordings.

In 2011 “Inside out” was released on Ricky Ryan’s label Sick Watona and “Before+After” on 19Box Recordings, a label owned and maintained by japanese DJ and producer DJ 19.

Early that year Björn also decided to take a break from music while developing stuff for the iPhone. The first game called Dots & Stars was released in mid 2011. Later that year Kids Beads, a beading game for preschool kids was released on Apple App Store.

To this day Björn continues to produce and release music as well as writing about music and design for Swedish media. He is also available for professional mixing and mastering.

Timeline

1996

My first CD 64 is released independently. It sells roughly 500 copies. The style is still C64 inspired electronica. I start to work freelance as a web designer. www.fogelberg.com is released in Aug 1996.

1997

I can afford to buy some better gear. The Kurzweil K2000, a Mackie CR-1604 mixer and a Sony HR MP-5 helpts to beef up the sound. New tracks are made. A more chill out/ambient/electronica sound is developed. I get a full time job as a web and multimedia designer.

1998

I compose a remake of Klaus Schulze’s “Brace Old Sequence” and call it “Brave New Sequence”. It is featured on “A tribute to Klaus Schulze”, released by Manikin Records. Killer Tweaks 1 CD-ROM with sound samples for Akai is released on Creative Inspiration. “Life in a tube” gets airplay in national swedish radio program P3 Demo.

1999

Second CD “Karooshi Porn” is released on german Ninetysix Sounds. Some tracks like “SixFiveOneOh” and “Quite Derivative” gets plenty of airplay on american chill out stations. The title track gets played on national Swedish radio program p3 Dans. Analoguesamples.com is developed together with old time XAKK friend Stefan Walter. The site is launched in Jan 1999 and becomes a massive success within the electronic music community.

2000

My track “Six wheels on soil” is featured on Chill Out vol 5 (Voyages into trance and ambient), released by Tua Rec. I’m starting to produce more dance related tracks in the genres of Tech House and Trance. I get a new job, this time I’m developing streaming flash presentations for record companies.

2001

I produce a remix of Kylie Minogue “Can’t get you out of my head” (XAKK Illegal mix). It gets airplay in national swedish radio program P3 remix. I also do a Ibiza 2001 version of Depeche Mode “I feel loved”. I get another job, this time as a web designer working with film, music and computer games. Killer Tweaks 2 sample CD is licenced to and released by three different companies.

2002

My track “SixFiveOneOh” is featured on Voodoo Roux Deux, released on Waveform Records. My remake of Zoolook is featured on Jarre Forever, released by Hyperion Media.

2003

My CD “Karooshi Porn” can now be found on two pay-for-download sites – Zonkmusic and Magnatune. Due to lack of time, money and interest, Analoguesamples.com is sold.

2004

This year saw the boom of so called digital download – buying and downloading music from the net. My music is now featured on six such sites. I also signed a licensing deal with dutch KYR records for the physical release of the dance tracks “Mind your matter” and “Gravitons”. And one of my older tracks was used in a documentary by Channel 4.

2005

Many good things happened this year. My music could now be downloaded on iTunes Europe and a growing bunch of other download sites. I made a remix of the track Revolver by Deep Orbit which was released on vinyl and digital. I started a small record label called XAKK Records and released the track “A brand new world” which included an awesome remix by Andrew Kelly. The tracks were supported by many good DJs, like Satoshi Tomiie, Özgür Can, Damian DP, Inkfish and Andrew K.

2006

This year I managed to get my label XAKK Records into Beatport – the most important download site for electronic dance music. Four of my own tracks was released. I remixed four tracks from other artists and I had one track on a mix cd. I got to know so many nice people in the industry this year, and my music was been played by many good DJs, like Armin Van Buuren, Markus Schulz, Matt Darey, Andrew K, Flash Brothers, Fuzzy Hair, Tony Estrada, Shilo, Kevin Shiu, Chloe Harris and many many more…

2007

I released two tracks on XAKK Records – Miroslav Terzin’s Funkstatic (incl my remix) and a 2007 version of my own track “The black hole in my heart”. I also did some remixes for other labels, tracks which would be released in early 2008 actually. “All in your mind” was signed to System Recordings.

2008

My remix of Matt Darey’s new project Urban Astronauts, a track called Animal (Björn Fogelberg remix) was out in early 2008. I also did remixes of Inspektör Pansar – Gotland Yard (on XAKK Records), Jacob Todd – Once Again (on Limestreet), Timo Garcia & Ricky Stone – Driving Olivia (on Sick Watona). My own track “All in your mind” was released in March 2008. It was also featured on a bunch of compilations.

2009

This year I had my second release on US label System Recordings with the track “Feeding the bear”. In April I visited Japan and met Japanese DJ, producer and record label owner DJ 19. Later that year we did a collaboration track called “Yozakura” for his debut CD album Phuture funk. My 2008 remix of Inspektör Pansar’s excellent track “Gotland Yard” was licenced to and released by uber label Sick Watona on Discomaniacs VI. My music was included on two compilations this year – Ear Candy 2 and Twice as nice 4, both out on System Recordings. Thanks to a digital distribution deal, most of my music could now be found on industry leading download and streaming services like Amazon and Spotify.

2010

One original track was released on JA Recordings called Multicolor Love. I did a collaboration with Japanese Hideout called Hide and seek (19BOX). Lots of remixes was made and released commercially this year. D-Funkt – Electronic Dream (Undermine), Sean Bay – Esperanza (Green Martian/Bonzai), Ricky Ryan – Tokyo Tales (Sick Watona) and Vela – Nobody’s Business (JA Recordings).

2011

This year I took a break from making music and focused instead on developing apps for iPhone. Dots and stars and Kids Beads was released. Still two tracks was released, “Inside out” on Sick Watona and “Before+After” on 19Box Recordings.

2012

Back with the producing and I also started writing for the swedish printed magazines MacWorld and Studio. Hovelmann released Paradise on 19Box Recordings and I provided a remix for it.

2013

XAKK was resurrected once more as a digital label. The progressive track Jnana was released. I bought some more equipment for my studio.

2014

The EPs Rework Vol 1 & 2 were released digitally on XAKK. They contained a total of seven reworked versions of older, previously unreleased tracks. I also started to take more mixing and mastering jobs.

2015

I started to work on new tracks for what will be my third full length album. Fogelberg.com got a well needed overhaul as the design was made responsive, to look better on mobile and tablets. In 2015 I also did a lot of mix and master work for the Swedish house label HMWL.

2016

In 2016 the work on my album continued. At the end of the year it was almost done and only I needed one or two more songs. Also I was one of 150 Swedish people interviewed for the book Svensk videospelsutveckling (Swedish computer game development), for my contribution to game development in Sweden from the 50s to the 90s. This was for the 1995 Amiga game Cybergames, developed by myself and Johan Lundin.