Bio / Resumé
Magnus Bergkvist – also known as Embee – is a producer, composer, beatmaker and DJ from Västerås, Sweden. He has produced, collaborated and written songs for a long list of artists: José González, Seinabo Sey, Mapei, Budo (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis), Annika Norlin, Lisa Ekdahl, Rakka (Dilated Peoples), Capleton, Maia Hirasawa, Sabina Ddumba, Adam Tensta, Petter, Daniel Lemma and Timbuktu to name a few.
In 1992 Embee founded Looptroop (now Looptroop Rockers) with MCs Promoe, Cosmic and Supreme has been responsible for the band’s production, music and mixing ever since. Together with his band he has landed over 1200 shows throughout Europe, USA, Canada, Japan, Thailand, Australia, Russia and South Africa. On stage Embee plays drums, sings and DJs.
The solo album debut came with his Swedish Grammy-winning album Tellings from Solitaria, followed up by The Mellow Turning Moment.
Through his two music studios, one in Stockholm and one at Svenska Grammofonstudion in Gothenburg, Embee produces a range of work for different projects and other artists – his most recent work includes writing the music, producing and mixing fellow band member Promoe’s solo album Fult Folk.
The musical style stretches over a wide range of genres. Witty arrangements, hard beats, deep atmospheres and snappy drums always with the nordic melancholy present are all typical parts of the signature sound.
Embee was early on influenced by New York boom bap, modal Jazz, Soul and Folk music.
Influences spans from Native Tongues, Dilla, Pete Rock, Madlib, Diplo and Burial to Jazz giants like Coltrane, Joe Henderson, Sun-Ra, Herbie Hancock and Robert Glasper. The works of Joni Mitchell, Terry Callier, Mary J Blige, Bobby Womack, Phyllis Hyman, James Blake and producers like Raphael Saadiq, Andre 3000 and Quincy Jones.
As a composer he has for example created the intro for Swedish national radio’s documentary series P3 Dokumentär.
In 2015 he and Martin Schaub arranged songs from the Looptroop catalogue for the band to perform together with Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra at the Gothenburg Concert Hall.
A similar experience prior to that was Fair Ground, a original symphony at The Norrland’s Opera written by Embee together with school kids, rappers and singers performed with the 45 piece symphonic orchestra. In 2015 he also wrote three pieces of music for the play Norr at The National Stage in Bergen, Norway.