reputation of being the literal Swiss army-knife
of music production...." >>
Siqveland (jan. 26th '66)
By a combination of luck and talent, the band -
of which Siqveland was a member - got a break on
national TV back in '82. Then a bass player, he
soon had more focus on what happened on the other
side of the studio window. Being more of a tech
nerd than a bass player, and more an arranger and
composer than a musician, Siqveland found that life
behind the large consoles of the 80's was more exiting.
The band "Drama" was a commercial success
until the flight-cases were finally shut in '88.
Siqveland's musical achievements though, were centered
around the recording process and figuring out arrangements.
He also spent additional time on the road as Front-of-House
engineer for various acts.
1986 two of his band colleagues had built a pretty
modern project studio, and Siqveland started to
build his reputation as a record producer. Always
engineering his own sessions, his programming and
tech skills developed. As war was raging between
MIDI enthusiasts and opponents, Siqveland often
used the new stuff in already settled styles of
In '88 he was hired by his former label as staff
engineer in the company's SSL-equipped studio. Recording,
mixing or producing literally hundreds of tracks
in various genres, Siqveland stayed on until 1994.
Armed with a firm grip on his craft, Siqveland decided
to go solo as a freelancer.
CNR, then under Arcade, had other plans, subsequently
hiring Siqveland as Head of local A&R. Armed
only with scattered experience in the field, he
only stayed there for a year. One major problem
was finding good producers for his signed acts,
another one was to separate modern pop oriented
music from the "grown-up" stuff. The experience
kicked him back into music production, now wanting
to merge his skills with the new scene evolving
during the 90's.
Before 1997 Siqveland had occasionally worked with
Ole Evenrude. Now the collaboration became a habit,
and Siqveland's programming, arranging and recording
skills remained a permanent part of Hitsville's
studio environment. His early nerd-like fancy of
PC's and mac's no longer gathered overbearing smiles;
Knowing how to use them was by now crucial.
Tomas Siqveland is still a freelancer, but moved
with Hitsville to Halden in mid 2000. Settling down
across the Iddefjord in Sweden, he regularly crosses
the border, exporting his skills for the benefit
of Hitsville as a whole. His wide experience in
various music styles has earned him a reputation
of being the literal Swiss army-knife of music production.
"Do or do not... there is no try." (Yoda,