March 10, 2023
Ambient piano sounds from the heart of Berlin
In the past, daydreams were considered a sign of laziness, but new research shows that they are beneficial for the brain. Daydreaming makes you more creative, smarter and makes you feel good. The benefits of daydreaming are also the theme of Berlin- and Stockholm-based Magnus John Anderson's second album, where neoclassical piano sounds are colored with cello and ambient soundscapes.
"The Benefits of Daydreaming" is mainly recorded in Magnus John Anderson's studio in old East Berlin and released by van Drumpt, sister company to Imperial Recordings and Dumont Dumont, which releases José Gonzales and Ry X, among others.
The album is a sequel to the debut “Bleaching “which came in 2021 and has slowly but surely reached a steadily growing international audience, not least on Apple Music, Pandora, Amazon Music, and iTunes. Even some of the singles that are on “The Benefits of Daydreaming”, among others the track "Arkona", have for example been no. 5 on German radio (Westdeutscher Rundfunk 5) and no. 9 on Canadian iTunes.
- This album takes the turns both musically and sonically. It contains cello, just like the previous one, but also more electronic and atmospheric elements that create their own little worlds when you listen, much like when you daydream, says Magnus John Anderson.
Magnus has a background as a sound engineer, acoustician, composer, and musician and began his career at Benny Anderson's studio on Skeppsholmen in Stockholm. After recording, mixing, and writing songs for other artists for over twenty years, he made the transition to a solo career as a neoclassical pianist.
Magnus John Anderson divides his time between Stockholm and Berlin, where he previously lived and worked full-time.
January 20, 2021
Stockholm-Berlin-based Magnus John Andersson has been active in the music industry since the 1990s. He has collaborated with several successful artists including Clay Aiken, Super Junior and Rola. Now he is emerging from the studio as an artist in his own right with a debut neoclassical piano album.
'BLEACHING' features nine tracks and will be released on May 14th 2021 via record label Van Drumpt. In addition to Magnus on piano, the album also features solo cellist Annika Blomfeldt. A first taste will be released this January in the form of debut single 'ELKHORN'.
Magnus describes his debut as a form of homecoming after having helped several others to reach success over the course of many years. The road back has taken him through the role of recording technician and mixer for Benny Andersson at Mono Music Studio on Skeppsholmen (Stockholm) for artists such as Celine Dion, Westlife, Britney Spears and Backstreet Boys, to name but a few.
He has secured top chart positions in Japan (Pokemon 15), the USA (Clay Aiken), and on the World Album Chart (Super Junior); he has worked on film soundtracks (Songs from the Second Floor and As it Is in Heaven); and he has been the technician and mixer on a Grammy-winning album (Folk Music in Swedish with Åsa Jinder).
In 2011, he moved to the Mitte neighbourhood in Berlin to pursue a dream project – building his own studio comprised entirely of analogue keyboard instruments. He worked on film and advertising music at the same time. Today, he commutes between the German capital and Stockholm where he also works as an acoustician.
"As a twenty-year-old, I wrote a great many piano pieces and composed music for string quarters and choirs, but I never quite took that step to becoming an artist myself. Instead, I wrote music for others. Thanks to my wife and Berlin, that dream has been awoken in me once more and I have now returned to my roots," says Magnus John Anderson who is inspired by other pianists such as Nils Frahm and Dustin O’Halloran who both work and perform in Berlin.
As an artist in his own right, he has turned his back on the pursuit of chart toppers and instead given himself over to stripped-back and melodic piano music with a light touch of French melancholy.
"I have previously written music which is more bombastic; this is going to be the polar opposite – rather minimalistic compositions. I hope that other people will enjoy and appreciate them," he says.
About the album 'BLEACHING'
Each track on the album has a connection to corals. The music reflects the beautiful yet fragile nature of coral reefs. A quarter of all marine life finds its home in our planet’s coral reefs. According to the WWF, almost two million species live in or around coral reefs and rely on them to survive. We are losing coral reefs in large parts of the world as a result of global warming and climate change. Coral bleaching is a process whereby corals lose their colour and die from high temperatures.