It’s been a while since our last teamster interview so we thought to share the news with you today about our latest addition to the team. Henrik joins the rest of the gang. Read on…
- Welcome to the team, Henrik! Could you tell us how you fell in love with computers & technology in general and how you ended up moving to Berlin to join SoundCloud?
Thanks, I’m really excited to be here! The short version is that I bought Cubase to learn about music production when I was about sixteen. Music and technology have always been my main interests (alongside sports) and I fell in love with the idea of combining them. I got into professional sound engineering and radio production but eventually felt like doing something different and began studying.
Engineering physics was totally boring but I specialized in interaction design which is a really interesting subject. I did my thesis work at Propellerhead Software and stayed there to work with the beta testing of Record. It was a great experience and I learned a lot about the music technology industry and software development in general.
I had met Eric and Alex through university so I used to pop by the SoundCloud office whenever I was visiting Berlin. Applying for this job was a natural decision since I had plans to move to Berlin and really like the SoundCloud spirit. I knew I wanted to keep working with music and technology and this job also gives me the opportunity to learn more about the web.
- How have you been enjoying Berlin so far and what do you think is so special about Berlin?
It’s been a lot more work and a lot less clubbing this time, but I’m really looking forward to start building a new life here and see the city from that perspective. Berlin has a special atmosphere and I think it’s the most interesting city in Europe right now, at least for people like me. I believe it will continue to evolve in interesting ways and it’s great to be part of that.
- Tell us a little bit more about what you’re working on right now.
I’m getting everything in place for setting up new partnerships and also making sure all ongoing projects run smoothly. It will be very interesting to see how we can improve the musical web by integrating applications and services with SoundCloud.
- What sort of music do you like? What are your favorite artists?
I mainly listen to electronic music, especially when I work, but I also like pop and hip hop. Here are some artists to give you a better feeling for what I like at the moment: Kollektiv Turmstrasse, Mathias Kaden, Intrusion, Burial, Junior Boys, Empire of the Sun, Bon Iver, and Gang Starr. Perhaps I should also mention that I was a fan of Eric’s (Forss) album Soulhack before I got to know him.