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Niklas took acoustic guitar lessons as a teenager, learning to read music and playing mainly pieces by Johan Sebastian Bach. Apart from this classical influence, his main musical interest was in listening to and playing hard rock and heavy metal. Even so, he recalls that during rehearsal breaks with his band Dark Illusion, he often played these Bach pieces on his electric guitar to the other guys. During this period, which ended in 1985, he only partly participated in some of the songwriting.

He put my musical dreams aside and started studying at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, where he got his Master of Science degree in 1990. Since then, he's been working in the field of physics – first as a teacher and researcher and in the past 10 years as a consultant, identifying electricity-saving measures in energy-intense industries throughout Scandinavia.

In 1988, during a turbulent period of his life, he suddenly started to compose music on his acoustic guitar – of which Deep Forest, Birth (Battlefield) and Spanish Ballad appear on this CD. All the other tunes on the CD were written in this millennium; they are less melancholic but are still in touch with a kind of Northern sadness versus hope. Some tunes were written from pure joy, e.g. You & I, which was inspired by his beloved Eva Nordgren.

Over the years he has played his compositions on the guitar in order to relax and be at peace with the world. It wasn’t until 2003, when he heard Anders Emtell playing some of his compositions, that he decided to start the production of this CD. Later on, he also got to know Mats Bergström.

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