Tobias Hellkvist (b. 1984) is a Swedish composer, sound designer, foley- and sound artist. Whilst being best known musically for his ambient, drone and electroacoustic output, which has been released worldwide on labels like Home Normal (UK/JPN), Dronarivm (RUS), Fluid Audio (UK) and Dragon’s Eye Recordings (US), he's also been active in genres such as punk, folk, indie rock and electronica since the early 2000's.
After releasing his first widely distributed solo album back in 2010, Hellkvist has gained recognition for his music in which he combines dense layers of heavily processed drones and synthesized textures with acoustic instruments and field recordings, blending electronic and organic sound worlds together. His cinematic atmospheres has been referred to as dynamic, varied and “packed full of life”, however some of his works are very minimal and invites the listener into a focused state of mindful listening and awareness.
Over the years, Hellkvist has taken part in various compilations, remix projects and collaborations, and has grown a small following in Japan and parts of Europe and North America. He's performed live shows in Copenhagen, London and Los Angeles and his compositions has been used in indie short films, commercials, art installations and performances.
Among Hellkvist's most recent projects is a trans-continental collaboration with Andrew Tasselmyer of Hotel Neon, dubbed Mordançage. Born from a shared interest in sound design and painstakingly crafted from a diverse range of sound sources from around the globe, the duo's 2018 debut album released via UK ambient label Fluid Audio encompasses 45 minutes of majestic, shimmering ambience that belies the detailed and precise recording process that created it.
2018 saw Hellkvist composing his first score for a short film, as well as finishing another full-length album set for release in June 2019.
Aside from the music, Hellkvist also works as a professional sound designer and foley artist - a career that was recently crowned with receiving double Emmy nominations (2017 and 2018) for his sound work on the animated TV-series LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures. He's also working on the highly popular LEGO Ninjago: Masters Of Spinjitzu series, which has received several nominations and awards worldwide during recent years.
Aside from his professional career and ambient excursions, he’s also doing occasional production, mixing and mastering work for other artists and labels, and is constantly crafting songs in a wide array of genres for TV/film licensing purposes under the name Toby Henny, currently represented by Marmoset Music in Portland, Oregon.