Björn Dixgård

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Björn Dixgård (Mando Diao)

Björn Hans-Erik Dixgård (* 8 May 1981 in Falun) is a Swedish musician (vocals, guitar). He is one of the two frontmen of the Swedish band Mando Diao.

Biography[edit]

Björn Hans-Erik Dixgård, one of the two frontmen (vocals, guitar) of Swedish rock band Mando Diao was born on the 8th of May, 1981, near Falun (Sweden), as second child of Hans and Malin Dixgard. Some years later, the family moved to Romme, a town in the south of Borlänge. In Romme, Björn visited elementary school and the gymnasium. One of his favorite occupation as small boy was fishing.
Music was always omnipresent in the Dixgard house. With Malin Dixgård being a gifted singer, and Hans Dixgård playing guitar in a band, their talents and taste in music were passed on to their children.
The first bands that were having an influence on Björn were The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks and The Who. Later at school where the two main topics were football and rock music, new bands like Nirvana were added, and since 1995 Britpop bands like Oasis and Blur. The relationship to his parents was never overshadowed by teenage rebellion; Hans and Malin as former hippies and occupied in social work had the skill to block conflicts.[1]

Björn became a member of a band for the first time at the age of fourteen when he started playing guitar in a band called “Butler” which he founded together with Daniel Haglund, who was to be the first keyboarder of Mando Diao. Björn and Daniel knew each other from school.[1]

In 1996, Björn and Gustaf Norén met at a party. A short time later Björn invited Gustaf to join his band; they became the two frontmen of Butler. In 1997, the name Butler was changed to Mando Jao. Allegedly Björn had a dream where a man appeared and shouted at him, telling him to name his band Mando Jao. Björn obeyed. Gustaf left the band in 1998, for he had moved to Falun and had become alienated from his friends. He came back again soon.[1]

In 1999, the name was changed to Mando Diao for the band was sure it would offer a better English pronunciation. Band members at this time were Björn Dixgård, Gustaf Norén, Daniel Haglund, and Carl-Johan Fogelklou. During the same year Samuel Giers joined the band as drummer. Daniel Haglund left the band in 2004 and was replaced by Mats Björke.

Touring bars and small locations all over Sweden was soon followed by performances in Central Europe; the USA and Japan. Each of Mando Diao's album releases became more successful; today they are one of Sweden's best known bands.
In 2007, Björn Dixgård did a solo tour in Europe.

In 2008, Björn Dixgård and Gustaf Norén joined the artist network Caligola; in 2012, the album Back To Earth was the first release of the music project.

Mando Diao's biggest success in their homecountry Sweden was achieved with the sixth studio album Infruset where ten poems of the Swedish poet Gustaf Fröding were set to music in 2012.

Björn married the Swedish actress and producer Emma Kihlberg [2] in January, 2008, at Södra Theatern in Stockholm. They have two children.

Björns elder sister Linnéa Dixgård is the singer of the band Twinflower Band.

Discography[edit]

Mando Diao[edit]

Caligola[edit]

  • 2012 Back To Earth
  • 2012 Back To Earth - Resurrection

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Süße Rebellen. Die Mando Diao Story von Klaus Janke - Buch portofrei bei Weltbild.at kaufen". Weltbild.at. 2012-10-04. Retrieved 2012-11-15. 
  2. ^ "The Bushwick Film Festival Showcases Sean Glass". guestofaguest.com. 2008-08-22. Retrieved 2012-11-15.