When I was a kid, I always knew I wanted to do creative things. It started with me drawing, I wasn’t great by any measure but I did end up getting 3rd prize in a small competition as an 8-year-old.
Later, of course, music got the better of me and I was soon found in my parents basement hammering on an old keyboard. Ever since, I’ve loved making music in one way or another but I’ve always had a soft side for live music. There is something slightly magical about creating music on the spot with your friends and making it work together. I did get to enjoy being in a band with some friends in high school many years ago, it never went beyond rehearsing after class but it was still amazing.
Right now I’m very comfortable making music on my computer (I’m still in quarantine, 3 months and counting), but hopefully one day I can incorporate that magic of live music in my own music as well. I’m also looking forward to being able to see live performances again, hopefully sooner than later.
“Rymd” is the swedish word for “space”, which I’ve tried reflecting in the artwork as well as the music. An idea partially birthed by witnessing a clear, starry sky from the foot of a hill in Iceland during a breezy night in July, and produced during a time span of six years. It started life in Dublin, Ireland, was further developed in Stockholm, Sweden and completed in Bogotá, Colombia during the Covid19-lockdown of 2020. Living in different parts of the world has influenced how it sounds, since I’ve had access to different tools but also experienced different situations at various times during its six years of production.
What runs as a red thread through “Rymd” and ultimately inspired it is my fascination with the wonders of time and space. In that sense, it is a project that has been about escapism as much as it has been about curiosity, but perhaps also about trying to feel at home at the same time.
It’s a project close to heart that is quite different from my previous musical excursions and I hope that “Rymd” can perhaps provide a sonic texture to some of your moments as they have to mine.
A Boy Called Joni – Green Astronauts (AMPISH Remix) Gregory Alan Isakov – Amsterdam Joni Ljungqvist – Rymd I Joni Ljungqvist – Rymd II Joni Ljungqvist – Rumtid I Joni Ljungqvist – Ljus Joni Ljungqvist – Rymd III Joni Ljungqvist – Rymd IV Joni Ljungqvist – Rumtid II Joni Ljungqvist – Hemma Nick Drake – Northern Sky Ozel AB – Positronic Dreams Paul Simon – Mother and Child Reunion Steve Reich w/ Pat Metheny – Electric Counterpoint: I. Fast Villagers – Everything I Am Is Yours