Niklas Aman is a Stockholm based composer, guitarist and recording artist, passionate about doing acoustic/alternative instrumentals and drifting ambient music. While mostly have been doing bespoke work and production music in the past, his song Wings got a great placement in the intro to movie Meet Bill (starring Aaron Eckhart and Jessica Alba) - which was the main reason to release a first album back in 2008 named ”Wings”. Since then there has been several album releases as well as many great placements in films and documentaries. Currently Niklas splits time between working on his next album, adding tracks to the music catalog for filmmakers and external production music.
Born 1968 in Södertälje, Sweden, named Kurt Niklas Åhman (later the "h"got removed to just Åman/Aman and sometimes Aaman is used internationally by publishers) he moved around a lot the first years between cities, before family finally decided to settle down in Vollsjö, a small village in the south of Sweden. Living there on the countryside, well there weren’t too much to do besides sports... but when he got his first guitar at age 14 things started to bloom.
Passionately he practiced as much as he could, resulting in joining various bands, writing songs, doing gigs and forming a local music community. During this time he studied to become an engineer, but decided to quit school and took various industrial jobs to pay the bills.. (well music gear most of it). He then got a great opportunity as stand-in guitar teacher for a term at Kristianstad University and from there on it’s been all about music and playing the guitar.
Shortly after the guitar teaching job he did his first audition and got the job as a professional guitarist back in 1992 – in a small drama/dance ensemble called Kärnteatern, Malmö. He then moved to Stockholm and got the opportunity to write music for and perform in various drama-performance-hybrids, projects like “Skräck i Sommarnatten” (1993), “Variete Vauduvill” (1994) and “Blue Orange” (1994) an experimental pop/phoetry-project.
In 1995 he met his wife Nina and they decided to move to Varberg (Swedish town on the west coast). There he did music to and also co-produced the exhibition “Salt & Hägringar” - an exhibition about signs and symbols, together with Nina in 1997. Furthermore jamming a lot, he joined a free-form group and picked up the guitar teaching again. He also initiated and led a multi-cultural project called "Kvalen" - giving unemployed a chance to try new things like art, music and crafts. Later on in 1999 he started his first music production business called “Blue Spot”, doing bespoke music for video spots, short films, promos and ads.
A year later, moving back to Stockholm he got introduced to Match Music – BMG (now Universal) and this resulted in doing production music on two cd’s called “Drama Toolbox” and “Stings & Audio Logos”. The tracks were very well received with numerous placements in tv and films. For example did “BAFTA Awards” (BBC) use his sounddesign the whole evening back in 2003 (from “Stings & Audio Logos”). During this time in 2002 he also took a 1 year university course in orchestral arrangement (Växjö Högskola, now Linnaeus University) and the year after he got introduced to philosophy (one term Södertörn/Stockholm). During those years he also worked part time as a music mentor at MFK, Stockholm.
Back in 2005 music business name changed to “Brusbox” and he continued with doing bespoke music for corporate clients, also writing experimental music in various forms in parallel with the music mentoring job at MFK.
Things evolved over the years and primary focus was on making production music adapted for film, published through various music libraries and publishers. Also during this period the several songs were made that would later end up on the first public album Wings.
In 2008 with help from publisher Crucial Music he got a fantastic placement, a 90 sec intro to the movie “Meet Bill” (Jessica Alba, Aaron Eckhart). The song “Wings” was placed just months later once again by the same publisher in another movie “Inconceivable” (Meg Tilly, Andy MacDowell). All this gained interest for song Wings so it was released as a single back in July 2008.
2010 was an incredible year with music in movie Last Song (Miley Cyrus), award winning documentary “Talhotblond”, Spy Wars, Cold Case Files, Cartoon Network, Top Gear and Ralph Lauren documentary to name a few. In parallel with doing tracks for libraries Niklas also got involved doing music in two short film projects “Biljardkungen” by Dan Carrigan and “Love Like Hers” by Danny Lacey. 2010 was also the start of the Full Access Catalogue feat all songs by Niklas Aman available online for film makers, editors and music supervisors. After an increasing amount of requests he also decided to publish selected songs on iTunes albums Wings and Good To Be Here.
2011-2012 was a lot about doing custom music to short films and developing the music catalogue further. Great placements were made in several documentaries such as Lindsey Vonn:In The Moment, The Shadow of the Condor, People in Motion and shorter sports docu portraits and also a long row of tv/cinema ads & promos. Via other publishers a great number of is songs were used in both tv and film. Album Above the Clouds was released in 2011 and the albums Stirred Up, Fly Away and Dis Order in 2012. Furthermore there was an increase in supporting non-profit/human aid/for good organizations with music such as Red Cross (Finland), Plan (Vietnam), Global Glimpse (US), the Rumi Foundation and Clinton Foundation (UK/US).
Continuing on the journey mostly within the acoustic, alternative and ambient genres two new instrumental albums RED and The Talks were released in 2013, a year that also been a lot about music in documentaries and bespoke work in various projects.
In 2014 even more focus was put on the expanding the music catalogue. 3 albums were released - Train, Perfect Day and Light and Water, along with that - projects, clients and placements got larger. He once again joined Soundcloud since new distributor made it easier to release albums there. iTunes/Spotify distribution changed to make it easier for clients to license tracks.
In search of new sounds most of 2015 was about using alternative tools, techniques and exploring new fx, especially on the electric guitars. It all resulted in the albums Fields and The Meeting, both feat sparse, toned down, subdued, minimalist arrangements. Most of them without drums, mainly guitars and piano. Furthermore song Send Receive (from album Train) got quite a lot of attention and a great boost in plays due to being featured in one of Spotify's own playlists Deep Focus. Due to the increased workload he decided to loose a few "hats", quitting his part time music mentor job at MFK (big thanks Abbe, Kenneth and Rickard for great times) and put full focus on the music production part.
During the fall he got involved in a project that a couple of months later (Feb, 2016) resulted in the release of production music album Reflective Acoustic (PMY 18) an exclusive album project for Primary, EMI Production Music.
2016 has been a busy year with several releases - alternative guitar based album Ante Meridiem, ambient one stem soundscape experiments Scapes Ett under aka Nick Instems and production music albums Neutral Positive Acoustic (PMY 25), Sunny Feel-Good Acoustic (PMY 24). Furthermore he finalized the original score for short film Motus by Oton Bacar (which started as pre-prod a couple of years back due to need of music early for several scenes), for festivals/tv.
This year (2017) has so far resulted in another great collab with Primary/EMI - an acoustic production music release Neutral Driving Landscapes and his own acoustic/electric album C on Spotify, iTunes and more.