Niklas "Nick" Johansson


How did music become your line of work and when did you know this is what you wanted to do?

It came early on - it was either music or hockey. After 2 years in hockey I realised that it wasn't for me. Even though we were kids at that time, I had big fat bruises everywhere all the time, had to get up earlier in the weekends for ice practice than on school days and I hated most of the people in the team.

If you would to recommend any artist that isn't a metal or a rock artist - who would you pick and why?

ABBA! Because their songs are incredible and no one sounds like them. Everybody probably already knows about them though.

If you could compose one song together with any artist you could think of (dead or alive) - who would it be? And what kind of song would you produce or write?

Bruce Springsteen. So he might have at least one good song. :)

Is Mayonaisse an instrument and if not - why? ;)

There's actually a guitar company named "Mayones Guitars".

What Tungsten song are you most proud of and why?

Life and the Ocean. I usually write the hard and progressive parts, but this was something new to me and I'm really happy with the result.

How does a album recording process go for Tungsten regarding your role in the band?

I'm the producer, mixer and recording engineer for Tungsten. So it's a lot of work for me in the album making process. Mike records his vocal parts at his place and then send the files to me. But when all the other parts are recorded - I'm there - to make it easier for me when mixing.

What is your favorite instrument to play?

Drums. But if I only got to have one instrument with me on a isolated island it would be a guitar.

Who do you think had the biggest influence in metal or rock music?

Black Sabbath and Kraftwerk.

What are you doing when you are not making any music?

Play video games. I just started to develop my own game - it's going well but it is hard.

What is your main goal with Tungsten in the future?

The goal is not important. It's the way getting there. (Cheesy answer, I know)

Where do you think your life has taken you in about 5 years from now?

A house and a big studio of my own.
Interview Credits - Patrick Reos (for Tungsten Fans WorldWide)