Thursday, 27 Feb 2020


Swedish songwriters have been dominating the international pop music charts for decades. What started with Abba and Ace of Base became a deeply ingrained writing culture that transformed pop music.

Swedish pop sounds effortless but it’s actually the result of a deliberate writing process, cultivated by Denniz PoP and later developed by his protégé Max Martin, who has written or co-written 22 Billboard No.1 singles, and countless more international hits.

One aspect of Sweden’s incredible success in the international pop music realm has been governmental support for music in the school curriculum. Sweden is one of only three countries in the world to export more music than it imports and is the world’s most successful exporter of chart music, in relation to its GDP.

SongHubs Auckland 2020 is excited to be bringing a group of four Swedish songwriters to New Zealand to share their knowledge and collaborate with our local writers: Sara Hjellström (aka Shy Martin), Nirob Islam (aka Shy Nodi), Julia Karlsson, and Anton Rundberg.

All members are invited to join us for an open seminar on Thursday March 5, where Sara, Nirob, Julia, and Anton will discuss: their careers; what makes the Swedish songwriting scene different; their paths to success; and their work with international pop artists like Bebe Rexha, The Chainsmokers, Mike Perry, Galantis, Carly Rae Jepsen, and more.

WHEN: Thursday March 5th, 6.30pm
WHERE: Bank Space at Pocket Bar, 592 Great North Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland
RSVP: to with 'Swedish Songwriting Seminar' in the subject line

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