Johan Bergqvist

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Johan Bergqvist
Birth nameJohan Henrik André Bergqvist
Also known asJoey Fake
Born (1980-12-11) 11 December 1980 (age 41)
OriginGrycksbo, Falun, Sweden
GenresPowerpop, indie rock
InstrumentsPiano, Guitar, Vocals
Years active2002-present
LabelsPristine Media Productions
Associated actsThe Genuine Fakes, NUTMEG, HappyPill, Friska Viljor, Karl Martindahl,

Johan Bergqvist is a keyboard-based singer/songwriter from Sweden. He is also the frontman of powerpop band The Genuine Fakes, the lead guitarist in /pop band Nutmeg as well as a frequently hired freelance musician. He is currently residing in Stockholm, Sweden with his wife.[1]


Johan grew up in the industrial town of Grycksbo, a couple of hours drive north of Stockholm, Sweden. During his teens he played in different bands in a variety of genres. Eventually the family moved overseas and after three years in an American high school and a great number of gigs as a blues guitarist he moved back to native Sweden to pursue a career in the flourishing Swedish music business. Johan went to the rock city of Hultsfred in the southern part of Sweden to study economics and music management. It was during this time that the solo project started to take shape, and he decided to focus on the mellower and more piano based part of his repertoire that had not found a proper place in earlier band constellations.[2]

Musical career[]

During the 21st century Johan has continuously toured around Sweden and showed his talents as an artist and a songwriter. He has shared the stage with Kiss,[3] Ron Sexsmith and Jon Auer[4] of The Posies as well as many of the big Swedish acts such as Kristofer Åström, Stefan Sundström, José González and Elin Sigvardsson. In 2003 he performed at the prestigious Hultsfred Festival alongside many international acts.[5]

Recording collaborators include , , Magnus Karlsson and . His debut album "Throwaway Moments" was critically acclaimed, especially in the powerpop community in the United States. "[Johan Bergqvist] is a guy who has an insane knack for writing timeless, classic tunes in the vein of early 70's Elton John. While the big labels trip all over themselves spewing about such musical blight like Sufjan Stevens or the latest Elliott Smith inspired singer/songwriter, Bergqvist offers the real thing and another example of how out of touch the music industry is with finding simply great music built upon *songs*."[6]

Other artists and bands that Johan has played with include , , Friska Viljor and . Johan was previously involved with the band HappyPill (now ) with members Ryan Roxie, Anton Körberg and Magnus Wikström. In August 2008 Johan left the band[7] to focus on The Genuine Fakes and his solo project. Since 2006 he is also a permanent member of hardcore/pop/grunge band NUTMEG[8] as lead guitarist.

In February 2010 he contributed guitars and piano to the song "Wake Up World", which was recorded and released to raise funds for the Haiti relief efforts. The song was performed live at Swedish TV4 Nyhetsmorgon.[9]

In 2010 Johan also started a new band, , along with singer . In this project he plays the bass and in 2011 the band's debut album The Crown that Wears the Head was released exclusively on vinyl.[10]


Title Release Label Band
Boy Extracting Thorn (mini-album) 2002 Pristine Music Solo
This Could Be Our Time (single) 2003
Throwaway Moments (album) 2004
Our Songs - A Tribute to Shawn Smith (compilation) Yak Music
Groove CD6 (compilation album) Groove Magazine
This Year/36 Hours (single) 2008 R77Sound Records HappyPill
The Trigger (album) Iconic Noise NUTMEG
Beautiful Escape... Is Coming Right Along (compilation) Burning Sky Records The Genuine Fakes
Beautiful Escape: The Songs of The Posies Revisited (compilation)
All I Want for Christmas (single) 2009 Pristine Music
Songbox Fan Crusade Vol. 1 (compilation) Songbox
Wake Up World (Haiti relief effort single) 2010 Ramtitam Records Robin Bengtsson, Karl Martindahl & Daniel Karlsson
I Don't Want It (single) Pristine Music The Genuine Fakes
When Reality Hits You (single)
Irreplaceable (single)
"The Striped Album" (album)
Novus Forum MMX (EP) Bad Boar/X5 Music Group
Space (single) 2011 Pristine Music NUTMEG
Together We Are Not Alone (compilation) Thistime Records Solo, The Genuine Fakes
Liner Notes (EP) Pristine Music The Genuine Fakes
The Crown That Wears The Head (album) Pristine Music/Bad Boar
This Christmas Time (compilation) Thistime Records The Genuine Fakes
Power Pop Planet Volume One (compilation) 2012 Not Lame Recordings The Genuine Fakes
Hello Neptune (EP) 2014 Razzia Records
A Kool Kat Kristmas Volume Two (compilation) Kool Kat Musik The Genuine Fakes
The Southside Cavern Volume One (compilation) 2015 Porter & Thorells Syndrom The Genuine Fakes
A Message from Dystopia (album) Razzia Records
Frost (EP) Pristine Music The Genuine Fakes


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