Composer to Artist: Q&A With Peter Sandberg

Aidan Grant

Swedish composer & multi-instrumentalist ready to level up in 2020

Despite having millions upon millions of streams from around the world, Swedish composer and artist Peter Sandberg is still an undiscovered gem. His enchanting music has graced ears the world over, primarily working as a composer for TV and film, while still finding time to release fully-fledged, wildly creative albums in between. In early 2020, Peter is gearing up for his next album, one set to fully establish him as one of the most gripping piano-led artists of the moment. We caught up with him to find out more.

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Hey Peter! How would you describe your music to our readers that haven’t heard it already?

I would say that it’s mainly piano-based, usually quite calm and that it isn’t so intrusive to the listener – it gives the listener space to reflect and unwind.

As a multi-instrumentalist, why do you favor the piano in particular?

The piano will always be closest to my heart since that’s how I started my musical journey. I feel like there’s such a direct link to my creativity when playing it. Everything is laid out in front of you and it’s so easy but at the same time so hard to master. I like the quote by Vladimir Horowitz; ”The piano is the easiest instrument to play in the beginning, and the hardest to master in the end.” Even though it seems like the piano is quite limiting, the possibilities are truly endless.

You’re first and foremost a composer, so how do you feel your work in that field differs to the releases strictly as an artist?

I love working as a composer mostly because of the variety of it. One week you’re doing string works and the next week you’re doing weird electronic music. I think the it’s so rewarding stepping outside your comfort zone every now and then. But I also feel like the boundaries between the two distinctions are a bit blurred out nowadays, especially this last couple of years with DSP’s taking over. Composers are getting a lot more like artists and getting more appreciation for their work, which is great!

As a Swede, how does it feel to break into such enormous creative spaces across the world with your music?

It feels great, I’m so grateful! A real dream come true. I need to pinch my arm quite often to be sure that this is really happening. I hope my story can inspire other composers that are just starting out.

What can we expect from you in 2020?

2020 is gonna be a fun year. There will be quite a lot of new music. My new LP will be released. I’ll be doing more live shows and do a proper release tour. I’ll also start a new segment on my YouTube channel called; ’In The Shed’ that will be monthly videos of me and and guests performing covers and versions of my tracks. A fun little side project in my tiny little studio.

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