Birth July 28th, 1981 @ Umeå, Sweden
Education Music teacher @ Piteå Musikhögskola (2001-06), music @ Kalix Folkhögskola (2000-01)
Family Yes: (1) wife and (1) son. Visit my wife’s creativity blog, if you like beautiful pictures and illustrations!
Hobbies NHL, books, movies, floorball, soccer, hockey cards, writing for Gospel of Crom & Global Domination Is Dead
Hometown Haparanda, Sweden
Nationality Finnish & Swedish
Spoken languages Finnish, Swedish, English, a little German
Work Manager of music educations and teacher (guitar, piano, band playing, music theory, ear training, composition, arranging, music history, studio recording, choir) @ Svefi Academy
Music stuff
Bands (current) Sons of Crom (2014-, vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards), Häxkapell (2015-, everything), Chaossworn (2008-, lead guitar), Grave Empire (2010-, everything), Erik Westbergs Vokalensemble (2007-, 2nd bass), The Albatrozz Quintet (2015-, guitar, bass)
Bands (former) Sami Bergman Band/Kääntöpuoli (2007-2009, piano), Deathevocation/Imperator Vibrator/Archon of Sorrow (1996-1999, lead guitar), tons of other smaller and/or shortlived bands/choirs/projects
Biggest gig June 2010, Erik Westbergs Vokalensemble @ Stockholm, Sweden. Choir concert in honor of Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria’s wedding. 500,000 on site, 150 million via TV
Latest gig September 2017, Erik Westbergs Vokalensemble @ Essen, Germany. St. Ludgerus.
Smallest gig October 1997, Archon of Sorrow @ Karungi, Sweden. Gig at/before a youth/teenage disco. Audience: 3-4 people, who hated us
…authors J.R.R. Tolkien, Michael Moorcock, George R.R. Martin, Terry Pratchett, Joe Abercrombie, Robert E. Howard
…drummers Morgan Ågren, Gavin Harrison, Kai Hahto, Krzysztof “Doc” Raczkowski, Gene Hoglan, Tomas Haake, Bill Ward
…guitarists Allan Holdsworth, Steve Vai, Marty Friedman, Greg Howe, Roope Latvala, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Gary Moore, Larry Carlton, Nuno Bettencourt, Guthrie Govan, Yngwie Malmsteen, Dimebag Darrell
…movies Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Hero, Crash, A Fish Named Wanda, Monty Python and the Hunt for the Holy Grail, Life of Brian, Interstellar, Fight Club, The Departed, Kung Fury, Conan the Barbarian
…music genres Everything. Metal, classic rock, prog, blues, jazz, classical, funk, soul etc
…pianists Brad Mehldau, Sviatoslav Richter, György Cziffra, Jan Johansson, Esbjörn Svensson, Keith Jarrett
…teams Suomi, Pittsburgh Penguins, Liverpool F.C., FC Barcelona, Inter Milan, Asplöven HC, Luleå HF, IF Björklöven
…TV series Pulttibois, The Transformers, Game of Thrones, True Detective, Sherlock, Family Guy, The Big Bang Theory, Scrubs, The Blacklist, The X-Files, Silver Fang, Beavis and Butt-Head, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
…vocalists Eva Cassidy, Freddie Mercury, Ronnie James Dio, Mike Patton, Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Daniel Gildenlöw, Mats Levén, Chris Cornell, Mikael Åkerfeldt, Devin Townsend, Stevie Wonder, Warren Haynes, Jörgen Sandström
Most recently…
…listened Blaze of Perdition: Conscious Darkness, Megadeth: Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying?, Henrik Palm: Many Days, Marduk: Dark Endless
…read Bardo Methodology #2
…watched (movies) John Wick (6/10), Star Wars: The Last Jedi (9/10), Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (3/10), I Could Never Be Your Woman (4/10), Live Free or Die Hard (5/10), This Is It (5/10), Kingpin (5/10), G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (5/10)
…watched (series)
…reading Close-Up Magazine #201
…watching (series) Mr. Robot (s3)