Erik Borelius

Featured Artist of January 13, 2021
with the song: Skinthin Attraction

Artist's Biography

LIVE THE LIFE OF A STAR (EB MUSIC 2006). On the new album Live the life of a star, Erik Borelius creates a totally new breadth in his music with epic encounters between different instruments, styles and voices. He mixes beautiful, suggestive, tracks and innovative thought provoking lyrics with pirouettes from his nylon strings. The acoustic guitar, which has become one of Eric’s trademarks, is of course present on the new album.

It was a natural development for me to start singing, and even more so after the encouraging reception of my previous album. I now feel that I have an additional instrument that has helped me develop and vary myself“, Erik comments.

A musical journey over twenty years has meant constant development within new areas for each new album. The song has become an important part of Erik’s music. – It was a natural development for me to start singing, and even more so after the encouraging reception of my previous album. I now feel that I have an additional instrument that has helped me develop and vary myself, Eric comments.

Erik Borelius, guitar-player, singer and composer, has worked professionally with music since 1986. During these 34 years he has released fourteen albums, twelve through his own company and two during his time at EMI. In 1994 Erik received a Swedish Grammy for the album “SexTioTvå” – the best instrumental album in 1993 and the first recorded under Erik’s own label EB Music. The following year he was nominated with the album “Duende”. Erik’s music is often described as a peculiar blend of styles and
as a guitar player he is praised for using his outstanding technique in a tasteful manner.

In 1984 Erik sent a demo to EMI. After a couple of weeks he got the answer: “We will produce your record!”. His happiness was complete and during the time up to the recording, in the summer of 1985, he participated in Per Gessle’s and Roxette’s productions.

Erik invested in a studio in 1990 and began to make music for radio and television alongside composing. In 1992 he decided to start a record-company and release his own productions. The company was named EB Music. His own record-company gives Erik the ultimate satisfaction of working with the whole process; creating, arranging and producing. He knows what he wants and therefore does most of the work himself. It’s not always an advantage in the creative process but it gives him both challenges and satisfaction. And that is what counts in the long run.

“I am going to play “vo knåvs” and “chängs” (Swedish pronunciation) Erik said to his music- teacher when the pupils were told to bring their favourite records to the music class back in 1971. Erik was nine and the real names of the songs were “Who Knows” and “Changes”, with Jimi Hendrix “Band of Gypsies”. His older brother was a guitar-phantom and his mother had a nylon- stringed guitar hanging on the wall in the living-room. The electric guitar was an exciting, somewhat dangerous instrument and the recorder was doomed in all its drabness. It would take until 1977 before Erik began playing the guitar seriously. Two brothers at school, Jens and Anders Johansson (Yngwie Malmsteen, Hammerfall aso and sons of the legendary Swedish piano-player Jan Johansson) had heard a rumor about a skilled guitar-player. Anders played the drums and Jens the organ and the trio “SLIME” was formed with Erik on the guitar. Like all fifteen-year old boys they sought attention. The method was raw punk-jazz rock, as technical as possible, played at maximum volume, with song-titles such as “The necrophilians nightmare”, “The punk boots of the kidney-dead”, “Asphalt in the ear” and “Respiratory-slime”. After a year in the US Erik moved to Stockholm in 1980. The acoustic guitar was increasingly calling him. The clean distinct sound and the technical challenge appealed to him. Having never had a single guitar lesson, a couple of years of intense training followed. Whatever you do, you should do it with all your heart otherwise you might as well just quit. “Life is much more fun that way”, says Erik!


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