Mattias Bärjed

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Mattias Bärjed
Mattias Bärjed in 2013
Mattias Bärjed in 2013
Background information
Born (1973-05-21) 21 May 1973 (age 48)
Karlstad, Sweden
GenresAlternative rock, psychedelic rock, garage rock, experimental music
Occupation(s)Guitarist, musician, songwriter
Years active1986–present
Associated actsFree Fall, The Soundtrack of Our Lives, , , Refused

Tore Mattias Bärjed (born 21 May 1973[1]) is a Swedish musician, songwriter and music composer. Between 1997–2012 he was a guitarist for The Soundtrack of Our Lives, co-writing many of their songs, such as "Sister Surround", "Bigtime" and "Second Life Replay". Since around 2007 Bärjed has been active as a film music composer, and in 2015 he received the Guldbaggen award for his soundtrack to the film Gentlemen.



When he was four or five years old, he wanted to be Randy Bachman.[2] Before he focused on music, he played football in Råtorp's IK's junior team. During 1988–91 he drew comics in comics fanzines such as Fizzo and VälArt, collaborations with fellow cartoonist David Liljemark (who provided story lines, sometimes also inking). The fanzine Seriechock No. 5 (June 1991) published the only interview Bärjed did as a comics artist.

By then, he had already been in local bands such as Ants of the Underground (1987), Christ Couldn't Come (1989–90) and Pretty Green (1991). Later, he joined members from another Karlstad band, Ugly Jake, to form Nymphet Noodlers, which was Bärjed's first major band which went on to release records. He then joined Mindjive during 1995–97.[3]

Mattias (2nd from left), as a member of The Soundtrack of Our Lives, 2004

Career as a guitarist[]

Mattias Bärjed is probably mostly known for being one of the guitar players of the Swedish rock band The Soundtrack of Our Lives, which he was a part of from March 1997[2][4] (replacing founding member Björn Olsson) to the band's amicable break-up in 2012.

In 2009, Bärjed started the band Free Fall with Jan Martens from , Ludwig Dahlberg from The (International) Noise Conspiracy and Kim Franson.[5] Their debut single "Power And Volume" was released by Nuclear Blast in 2012, and the following year saw the European release[5] of a full-length album by the same name.[6] Among the main influences for Free Fall, Bärjed has mentioned "The Stooges, The Who, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, Deep Purple, The Beatles, Motörhead."[7] He has also described Free Fall's music as "Freedom rock".[8]

Over the years Bärjed has been working as a session or concert guitarist for a whole string of Swedish rock bands and artists, including The Hellacopters and Håkan Hellström. He played guitar on Broder Daniel's last gig on 8 August 2008.[9]

Since spring 2015, he plays guitar in the hardcore band Refused's live line-up.[10]

Composer of film music[]

In later years Mattias Bärjed has started a solo career as a film score composer. He wrote and performed most of the music to Peter Birro's television series Upp till kamp (2007),[11] directed by Michael Marcimain. Bärjed also acted as "Anders", a member of the band featured in the film. In 2012 Bärjed composed the music to Marcimain's feature film debut Call Girl (2012).[1][12]

In 2015 Bärjed and Jonas Kullhammar shared the Guldbaggen award for best soundtrack, for their work on Gentlemen, based upon the novel by Klas Östergren.[13][14][15] The soundtrack to the film also got a nomination to the Grammis award (jazz category).[16]

Private life[]

Since 2014 Mattias Bärjed lives in Visby.[17] He grew up in the Karlstad suburb Skåre, but later lived for many years in Gothenburg and in Stockholm.


Nymphet Noodlers[]

  • (EP, 1993)
  • – "The Sea" (single, 1994)
  • (album, 1994)

The Soundtrack of Our Lives[]

Solo (film music)[]

  • Mattias Bärjed – Upp till kamp (soundtrack, double album, 2007)
  • Mattias Bärjed – (soundtrack, digital release, 2009)
  • Mattias Bärjed – Himlen är oskyldigt blå (soundtrack, digital release, 2010)
  • Mattias Bärjed – Call Girl (soundtrack, album, 2012)
  • Mattias Bärjed – Gentlemen (soundtrack, double album, 2014)
  • Mattias Bärjed – Gentlemen & Gangsters (soundtrack, digital release, 2016)
  • Mattias Bärjed – Liberty (soundtrack, digital release, 2018)
  • Mattias Bärjed – Jakten på en mördare (The Hunt For A Killer) (soundtrack, digital release, 2020)

Free Fall[]

  • Free Fall – (single, 2012)
  • Free Fall – (album, 2013)



2008 – Gyllene Draken (The Golden Dragon) for his soundtrack to the Upp till kamp tv series[19]

2015 – The Guldbaggen award for best soundtrack, for Gentlemen. (award shared by Bärjed and Jonas Kullhammar)


Partly based upon the corresponding page (12 August 2015) on Swedish Wikipedia
  1. ^ a b "Mattias Bärjed – Grundfakta". Archived 27 April 2015 at the Wayback Machine SFDb. Retrieved 6 August 2015. (in Swedish)
  2. ^ a b "An Interview with the Soundtrack of Our Lives". 22 February 2010. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Mattias Bärjed". Retrieved 12 August 2015.
  4. ^ Retrosonic Podcast (2013): "Mattias Bärjed of The Soundtrack of Our Lives & Free Fall" (ca. 06:10, interviews with Mattias Bärjed). Retrieved 14 August 2015.
  5. ^ a b P4 Värmland (22 February 2013): "En brutalare Bärjed släpper första skivan med Free Fall". Retrieved 28 August 2015. (in Swedish)
  6. ^ "Free Fall". Retrieved 12 August 2015.
  7. ^ "FREE FALL (Mattias Bärjed) | Croatia". Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  8. ^ "Mattias Barjed (Free Fall) interview". Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  9. ^ Cato, Carl/TT Spektra (6 August 2008): "Broder Daniel sätter punkt". Archived 24 September 2015 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 12 August 2015. (in Swedish)
  10. ^ Teitelman, Bram (29 April 2015): "Refused debut new song Elektra live". Retrieved 12 August 2015.
  11. ^ "Mattias Bärjed och Jonas Kullhammar". Retrieved 28 August 2015. (in Swedish)
  12. ^ Larsson, Camilla (9 November 2012): "Konsten att göra filmmusik". Retrieved 28 August 2015. (in Swedish)
  13. ^ Andersson, Jan-Olov (8 November 2012): "The Soundtrack Of Bärjed är genialiskt". Retrieved 12 August 2015. (in Swedish)
  14. ^ "2015 Guldbagge Awards – Winners". Retrieved 28 August 2015.
  15. ^ "Mattias Bärjed dagen efter guldbaggevinsten – P4 Gotland | Sveriges Radio". Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  16. ^ "Guldbagge till Jonas Kullhammar och Mattias Bärjed"., 2015-01-27. Retrieved 28 August 2015. (in Swedish)
  17. ^ P4 Gotland (9 January 2015): "Mattias Bärjed kan få guldbagge för filmmusik". Retrieved 28 August 2015. (in Swedish)
  18. ^ Janne Hallman (15 December 2010). "Hallå där Mattias Bärjed". Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  19. ^ "Gyllene draken till Mattias Bärjed".
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