Familjen on stage, March 2008.
|Origin||Hässleholm, Skåne, Sweden|
|Genres||Electronica, Techno, Indie|
|Labels||Adrian Recordings / Hybris (Sweden)
Creative Vibes (Australia)
|Associated acts||David & the Citizens, Andreas Tilliander, Kent|
|Members||Johan T Karlsson|
Karlsson grew up in Hässleholm, Skåne (the same town as fellow electronica producers Andreas Tilliander and Stefan Thor (Folie)), but is currently based in Malmö. In his youth as a synthpop fan he also formed bands with Sophie Rimheden from nearby Bjärnum and joined the industrial act Morticians with Stefan Thor and Andreas Rimheden. Karlsson has previously produced Swedish indie band David & the Citizens.
"I'm pretty fed up with guitar - Indie and techno can get a bit monotone after a while."
Both the album and the single Det snurrar i min skalle are released on Tellé in Norway, the same label as Röyksopp, Annie and Kings Of Convenience. Creative Vibes Recordings released the album in Australia in 2008.
In October 2007 Familjen won the Swedish web-based music competition Rampmusic (competitions were also held in Norway and Denmark). Some unexpected help came from the file sharing community The Pirate Bay, who on their website encouraged their visitors to vote for him (without Karlsson's knowledge).
Both music videos directed by Karlsson feature a previously shown image overlaid with a hand-drawn heart for the last few seconds.
- 2007 Det snurrar i min skalle
- 2008 Huvudet i sanden
- 2010 Mänskligheten
- 2012 Allt På Rött
- 2006: Familjen EP on Adrian Recordings
- 2006 "Första/Sista" on Adrian Recordings
- 2006 "Hög luft" on Adrian Recordings / Hybris
- 2007 "Kom säger dom" on Adrian Recordings / Hybris
- 2007 "Det snurrar i min skalle" on Adrian Recordings / Hybris / A:Larm (Denmark) / Tellé (Norway) / Creative Vibes (Australia)
- 2007 "Huvudet i sanden" on Adrian Recordings / Hybris / Tellé
- 2010 "När planeterna stannat" on Adrian Recordings / Hybris
- 2007 "Det snurrar i min skalle" (English translation: "My mind is spinning") Directed by Johan Söderberg. The video was named by Pitchfork Media as one of the best videos of 2007. It also won a grammy in Sweden for best video.
- 2007 "Huvudet i sanden" (English translation: "Head in the sand") Directed by Johan Söderberg. Pitchfork Media said the video was "one of the most inspired and rewatchable videos of 2007".
- 2010 "Det var jag" (English translation: "It was me") Directed by Mats Udd. Nominated to the best Scandinavian music video by the Bergen International Film Festival in Norway.
- 2012 "Vi va dom" Directed by Mats Udd.
- Creative Vibes Recordings
- "Mer än bara nötkräm (Swedish)". Dagens Nyheter. 2007-03-29.
- Familjen Review on Creative Vibes
- "Spelade hem en miljon på nätet". Kvällsposten. 2007-10-31.
- "Pirate Bay samlar in miljoner till "Familjen"". Realtid.se. 2007-10-26.
- Hög luft
- Deusner, Stephen M. "On Repeat: Familjen: "Det snurrar i min skalle" [Video]". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2008-06-06.
- Deusner, Stephen M. "Video: Familjen: "Huvudet i sanden"". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2008-06-06.