As a pianist graduating from one of Sweden’s most respected musical colleges and a father who was a professional jazz musician, Stockholm born and raised Rasmus Faber had a unique beginning to an illustrious two-decade long career in the vibrant world of electronic dance music (and latterly as a composer of TV and film music).
Becoming something of a household name to fans of the soulful and melodic side of the house music spectrum in the 2000s, Rasmus’s distinctive musical approach to house production led to him releasing his music on many of the world’s most successful labels. His talents drew support from fans and industry alike resulting in a slew of critically and commercially successful releases and collaborations with major artists in other areas of electronic music such as Axwell, Deadmau5 and Kaskade.
It was just this uniqueness coupled with a desire for creative fulfilment which prompted Rasmus to branch out into new areas of music creation. Having brought his electronic music productions to life via his Latin inspired Rafa Orchestra, whom he has toured around the world with, a new live project was born called Platina Jazz; a Swedish big band covering Japanese anime songs. This wholly original and somewhat ephemeral concept band became an unprecedented success resulting in 9 albums, tens of millions of YouTube streams and regular concerts all over the world.
It was through Rasmus’s success in Japan as an individual artist and with his musical groups that enabled an almost natural progression into composing and producing music for anime projects. This constantly evolving side of his career has grown from one-off theme tunes and inserts to writing, producing and scoring, with a 17-piece orchestra, the music for entire TV series.
Rasmus himself has become something of a multi-instrumentalist and procurer of rare and sometimes exotic instruments (and performers) such as the nyckelharpa and tongue drum (used on YouTube virtual celebrity project Artiswitch) which has allowed for daring and boundary-pushing scoring and soundtrack production. Artistic progression with Rasmus’s own artist releases is also a keystone to his longevity and continued popularity exemplified by the fact his most recent artist album Two Left Feel was recorded and performed entirely with live instruments and analogue techniques by Rasmus himself. In addition, his recent very ‘non-house’ down-tempo single Be Real has become his most popular release to date with more than 20 million streams on Spotify and counting.
Unique is the word that still best describes Rasmus and his career today as a producer, writer, multi-instrumentalist and composer. It takes a special kind of ear combined with a technical knack, deft fingertips and ruthlessly efficient work ethic that makes for such voluminous creative output. And it is a special type of uniqueness that comes from the being a successful producer in the frenetic and ever-changing world of electronic dance music coupled with the knowledge, talent and craftmanship procured from working in the classical, jazz, Latin, film / tv and computer game scoring worlds that allows for such a deep understanding of how music really works, regardless of time or budget restraints.