Passion For Music
I’m a Stockholm based music maker, having produced instrumental music for about 40 years and find great joy in composing, playing, recording and mixing. On top of it having people enjoying my songs, studying to my music or using them in films, tv and radio shows – that’s just fantastic! I feel very privileged, thankful, honoured and happy to be able to do what I do, living my dream.
What’s Behind the Music
I’m putting sound to daily experiences and surroundings, the life here in Stockholm, news and thoughts around the world that caught my attention, but some of it is also just about playful experimentation with forms and numbers.
Being a guitarist, but also playing other instruments like synth, piano, bass, ukulele, mandolin and percussion, most of my music is performed and realtime recorded rather than sample based or written in MIDI. I like the human element in there, the fluctuations in timing and intonation.
I’m quite fond of illusionary patterns and polyrhythmic beds, so that is a common element in my songs. Doing atmospheric effects on the electric guitars instead of synths has been a favorite for long. Also lately has been a lot about using less drums, letting the other instruments speak rhythmically instead.
My wife has been there as the greatest inspiration and support for more than 25 years now – what a journey! I can’t thank her enough! I’m also a very happy and proud father of now two grown ups and one adorable grandkid! All this have a fundamental part in the work I do.
For sustainability and long-term thinking
I support long-term thinking and believe it’s key for a sustainable future and the way to go for coming generations. But it’s a big ship to turn around in a world where being successful is still measured in materialistic well-being, profit and economic growth. For our own winning we’ve over-exploited and polluted the world for centuries. We must change this, but how much are we prepared to relinquish to the benefit of nature?
We need to fundamentally rethink many many things we’ve taken for granted. How can we live a good life with less materialistic values? Could we stop eating animals and maybe respect them as living beings instead? Do we really need that exotic fruit? Isn’t the import/export trade yesterday’s business? – Why not consuming more locally produced, skipping the shipping? Do you really need 2 or 3 cars? Do they need to be big SUV’s? What’s the reason not to recycle? Does buying all the stuff that’s made cheap somewhere because of under-payed staff, transported half around of the globe, really make you happier? Is it worth it?
From time to time I’ve asked myself if I contribute enough to the world just by making music and simply feel good about it? Sure I’ve influenced the nearest and dearest a bit, and those music students in the past as well, but the best answer to this came back in 2010 when I started my own music catalogue and label. It has been an eye opener to experience how my songs are being used films, documentaries and promos to send a message. Furthermore I’m very grateful for all the playlist inclusions on Spotify and Apple Music, that my songs are being used for focus, study, relax, yoga, sleep – that’s just awesome!
Finally the feedback from people all over the globe on the work I do has been and is… simply amazing! Means the world to me! Thank you so much!!
Cue sheet & PRO info (more details >>)
Composer: Niklas Kurt Aaman (100% STIM), CAE/IPI: 256085950. Spelled Niklas Kurt Åman if using Swedish characters.
Additional music production info
Artist name: Niklas Aman.
Performed and recorded by: Niklas Åman.
Recording label: Brusbox Music
Owner and company: Niklas Aman
Primary/KPM, albums Stargazing Semi-Acoustic (PMY 63), Positive Daytime Acoustic (PMY 55), New Hope (PMY 50), Neutral Positive Sci-Tech Beds (PMY 41), Neutral Driving Landscapes (PMY 35) Neutral Positive Acoustic (PMY 25), Sunny Feel-Good Acoustic (PMY 24) and Reflective Acoustic (PMY 18).