- Jens Johansson
Infobox Musical artist
Name = Jens Johansson
Background = non_vocal_instrumentalist
Born = birth date and age|1963|11|2
Instrument = Keyboards
Neo-classical metal Jazz fusion Progressive metal Power metal
Years_active = 1982–present
Yngwie J. Malmsteen StratovariusJohansson (The Johansson Brothers)
URL = [http://www.panix.com/~jens/ www.panix.com/~jens]
Jens Johansson (born
November 2, 1963in Stockholm) is a world-renowned Swedish power metalkeyboardist and pianist. He is noted as one of the first and most influential "shred" keyboardists, for his high-speed neoclassical and fusion style.
Johansson is son of the well-known Swedish jazz pianist
Jan Johanssonand brother of the heavy metal drummer Anders Johansson. Highly influenced by classic Rock keyboardists like Don Airey, Eddie Jobsonand Jon Lord[http://dmme.net/interviews/johansson.html | Influence] . In 1982, the classically trained Johansson left the jazz fusion band Slemand joined the Swedish metal band Silver Mountain, which also included Anders. In 1983 he left Sweden for Californiaand joined guitarist Yngwie Malmsteenas a member of his band, Rising Force. Numerous records and world tours ensued and he stayed with Yngwie until 1989.Fact|date=November 2007 Johansson also played with the band Diobetween 1989 and 1990. Like Anders, he began an ongoing collaboration with Jonas Hellborgin 1989 which has resulted in several well-received progressive and avant-garderecordings, including "Dissident", "Silent Run" (an acoustic piano trio record with Ginger Bakeron drums) and the hard core progressive fusion record, "E".
In 1993, Johansson co-founded a progressive
bluesmetal project, The Johansson Brothers, and recorded a self-titled record. In 1996, with a different line-up, they recorded another album, "Sonic Winter", this time under the name "Johansson", with Yngwie Malmsteen guesting on guitar. The last Johansson record, " The Last Viking", a more "European metal" oriented album, was released in 1999 with special guests Michael Romeoand Göran Edman.
Johansson has released several instrumental solo records such as "
Fjäderlösa Tvåfotingar", " Ten Seasons" (a piano solo album improvised in the Mark Kostabigallery, New York), " Heavy Machinery" (with Anders and Allan Holdsworth) and Fission (with Anders, Shawn Laneand Mike Stern) and many collaborations with other artists, metal compilations and Berends Brothers' band Mastermind.
He co-founded Heptagon Records to distribute his own recordings and that of other musicians, such as guitarist
Benny Janssonand bassist Magnus Rosén.
Johansson auditioned for
Dream Theaterafter Kevin Mooreleft the band in 1994 but due to many delays by the band in making a decision he instead joined Stratovarius. Since 1995 he has remained in Power metal/ Neo-classical metalband Stratovarius,and still releasing solo albums and appearing as a guest or session musician in other projects.
Jens currently resides in New York City, where he has 3 children with his wife, Domenique Leomporra. He is also a self-confessed computer nerd, admitting to have started on an
Atari ST(which he still owns), and having coded software in C, as well as his own website in Perl. [ [http://www.panix.com/~jens/comp.par ♫Jens Johansson · Programming ] ]
He has used many types of keyboards and
synthesizers throughout his career. Amongst his favourites are the KorgPolysix, Yamaha DX7 (from the Rising Forcetimes to present), the OberheimMatrix Series and the Roland JV-1080. Johansson is also fond of the Hammond Organ. Johansson is a computerfan and long time Steinbergprograms user (like Cubase). An example of his interest in computers is his record "Fission", which is replete with special effects and sound experimentations.
* [http://www.panix.com/~jens/ Jens Johansson's Homepage]
* [http://www.heptagon.se Heptagon Records]
* [http://www.stratovarius.com Stratovarius Homepage]
[http://dmme.net/interviews/johansson.html] Jens interview in 2001.
"Some text taken from the 'Heavy Machinery' album booklet and Jens Homepage."
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