We are happy to be highlighting Samuel Lidström, an award-winning Swedish musician, music producer and sound designer. Samuel’s professional work includes the video games Magnetic: Cage Closed and Medusa’s Labyrinth, and he has also contributed to several musical projects from Shinesparkers, Harmony of a Hunter: 101% Run, Harmony of Heroes and Harmony of a Champion.
Hello there! I am a composer, music producer and sound designer. Music has always been a big part of my life. I started taking private piano lessons at the age of six. I remember that I didn’t like these lessons much. I was a six-year-old kid, sitting inside in front of the piano struggling to play songs I’d never heard before, while my friends were running around outside in the sun playing. No.. No fun at all. No one forced me to take the lessons, however. My parents encouraged me to continue though and it was probably part their encouragement and my own stubbornness that kept me going. There are no words to describe how grateful I am today for my parents’ encouragement, and (I guess) my own stubbornness, because these first years no doubt built the foundation for what have become a huge and very important part of my life today.
Sound engineering and all the tech surrounding music and sound sparked my interest after I started writing my own songs and wanted to be able to arrange and record them. And after discovering MIDI, I really felt like I’d found the meaning of life! I soon became the nerdiest MIDI-nerd around and after some of my guitar playing friends told me that “MIDI will always sound like a machine compared to real instruments”, I decided that proving them wrong now had become my life’s most important mission. I still find it incredibly intriguing to try to narrow down and understand the subtle details that make live performances sound alive and emotional. And to then try to translate these minor details into MIDI-information is something I really love.
I began studying sound design for video games at the University of Skövde in 2011. Here I got to know Sebastian Mårtensson who later on introduced me to Darren. They wanted to know if I wanted to contribute to a tribute album called “Harmony of a Hunter 101% Run”. I told them “I do!”. Since then I’ve lived happily ever after and, later on, also contributed to the albums “Harmony of Heroes” and “Harmony of a Champion”. So, will there ever be any more Harmony-albums coming out? ..Well I have no idea. I’m just an artist. If there are, however, I do know I want to be a part of it!
I have had the great pleasure of knowing Samuel for several years. We were first introduced around the time of Harmony of a Hunter: 101% Run, where he collaborated and supported a group of musicians to create a complex track for the album, and we have become good friends since, working on many musical projects together. He’s a dedicated and hardworking musician who has a strong commitment to whatever project he throws himself into. Samuel brings solutions to problems and ensures a quality piece of music is delivered on time. His passion and creative vision are an asset to any team, and I look forward to seeing how far he goes.