Johan was born in 1969 and grew up in fertile folk music surroundings the south of Sweden, where he studied the rhetoric of music under three senior masters Bengt Löfberg, Pelle Björnlert and Håkan Andersson. This schooling was founded partly on extended rhetoric and variation in the music, and partly on the insistence that the music should be possible to dance to. Seen in context with its dance, the structure of the music was easily explained and therefore remained a natural medium later in life.
He continued his studies in playing and in composition at the Royal University College of Music in Stockholm. Besides giving his attention to his own tradition Johan often plays in groups where people of different musical backgrounds meet and inspire each other, as for example the trio Bazaar Blå or together with Ale Möller.
Johan always follows his desire to learn. Sometimes it can take the form of continuing studies in the nyckelharpa or in his own tradition, and sometimes it can be a matter of conquering new forms of expression. In pursuit of the latter he hasn't stopped at developing his style of playing the nyckelharpa, but has involved developing the construction of the instrument itself. For example, he has created the tenor nyckelharpa, the tone of which is reminiscent of the viola da gamba, the most prominent bass instrument in Baroque music.
In Innersta Polskan he had allowed his creativity to germinate in the old dance, but has broken up its form to allow more extensive journeys into the music. Out of pure curiosity he pushes the polska further along to see where it goes. The album is also the maiden voyage for the two nyckelharpas Johan has developed. He plays no less than four different versions of the instrument.