Tobias Hellkvist (b. 1984) is a Swedish composer and sound artist, currently based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Whilst being best known musically for his ambient, drone and electroacoustic output, where he blends electronic and organic sound worlds together, he’s also been active within genres such as punk, folk and indie rock since the early 2000’s, both as a solo artist and in different bands.
After releasing his first widely distributed solo album back in 2010, Hellkvist has gained worldwide recognition for his music in which he combines dense layers of heavily processed drones and synthesized textures with acoustic instruments and field recordings. His cinematic atmospheres has been referred to as dynamic, varied and “packed full of life”.
Over the years, Hellkvist has been taking part in various collaborations, compilations and remix projects, and has gained a strong following in Japan and parts of Europe and North America. He’s performed live shows in Copenhagen, London and Los Angeles and his music has been used in commercial films, art installations and dance performances.
Born in a small town outside of Malmö in the very south of Sweden, Hellkvist most recently spent 2 years in Stockholm pursuing digital media studies, followed by a move to Copenhagen where he’s been working full-time as a professional sound designer and foley artist since 2015, while also doing occasional production, mixing and mastering work for other artists and labels.