Bloodshy & Avant

Bloodshy & Avant
Birth name Christian Karlsson
Pontus Winnberg
Also known as Karlsson & Winnberg, Miike Snow, Robotberget
Origin Sweden
Genres Pop
Dance
Electro
Synthpop
Electroclash
Rhythmic Contemporary
Occupations DJ, Record producer, Songwriter
Years active 2000–present
Associated acts Britney Spears, Miike Snow, Henrik Jonback
Members
Christian Karlsson
Pontus Winnberg

Bloodshy and Avant are a music production and songwriting team from Sweden made up of Christian Karlsson (Bloodshy) and Pontus Winnberg (Avant)

The duo have worked with a number of high-profile artists, including Kylie Minogue, Madonna, Ms. Dynamite, Britney Spears, Christina Milian, Kelis and Jennifer Lopez. Britney Spears' 2004 hit single, "Toxic", which they co-wrote and produced, went on to win the Best Dance Recording at the 2005 Grammy awards, and became one of the biggest selling singles of 2004 in the world. Also her 2007 hit single "Piece of Me" went on to win 3 MTV Video Music Awards for Best Female Video, Best Pop Video and Video of the Year.

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Career

Early career

Christian Karlsson began his music career as a rapper, and under the alias "Serious" was a member of the Swedish hip-hop group Goldmine. [1] The label they were signed to, Pitch Control AB, was run by Christian Wåhlberg - who would later go on to co-found Murlyn Music and manage Bloodshy & Avant - and it was Wåhlberg that convinced Karlsson to stop rapping and become a songwriter-producer instead.[1]

Original songs and production

Bloodshy and Avant scored their first success working with USA singer/songwriter Christina Milian for her debut album.[2] The collaboration resulted in two hit singles, "AM to PM," and "When You Look at Me," both of which hit number three on the UK Singles Chart.

They were then commissioned to work with UK hip-hop singer/rapper, Ms. Dynamite, and BRIT Award-winning English pop group Sugababes. The collaboration with Ms. Dynamite resulted in several tracks which appeared on her debut album, A Little Deeper, including her hit debut single, "It Takes More". They also produced tracks for her 2005 second release, Judgement Days.[3]

Bloodshy and Avant co-wrote and produced two songs which appeared on Britney Spears' 2003 album In the Zone: the hit single, "Toxic", that merited a Grammy award; and "Showdown". They also produced all the three new songs on her 2004 Greatest Hits: My Prerogative album and the theme song for Britney & Kevin: Chaotic series. They subsequently worked with Spears on her fifth studio album, Blackout, for which they collaborated with Spears on four songs: the hit single, "Piece of Me", "Radar", "Freakshow" and "Toy Soldier"; and again on her 2008 follow-up album Circus, for which they produced the songs "Unusual You", "Phonography" and "Trouble", the latter two appeared only as bonus tracks. Bloodshy alone co-produced two songs for Britney Spears' 7th studio album Femme Fatale, "How I Roll" and "Trip to Your Heart".

The duo co-wrote and co-produced two tracks with Madonna for her 2005 album, Confessions on a Dance Floor, entitled "How High" and "Like It or Not".[4]

In 2007, for Kylie Minogue's 10th studio album X, Bloodshy and Avant co-wrote and produced "Speakerphone", "Nu-di-ty" and "Cherry Bomb", the latter appeared only on CD singles.

In 2008, Bloodshy and Avant produced few songs for BoA's English debut BoA. A year later they produced "Chocolate Love" for South Korean girl groups Girls' Generation and f(x).

In 2010 they started working with Sky Ferreira on her debut album and produced songs "One" and "17".

Remixes and other projects

Bloodshy & Avant have also gained fame by remixes. They have remixed songs from Britney Spears including a remix for "Piece of Me" which charted number one on the US Billboard Hot Club Play chart. Also other remixes for "Toxic" and "Me Against the Music" have topped the US Billboard charts.

Outside of being Bloodshy and Avant, Christian and Pontus are in a band together with Andrew Wyatt called Miike Snow.[5] They also run a label called Ändersson with signed artists and musicians including Little Majorette, Sky Ferreira, and Meadow, a project with their friends Sebastian Ingrosso and Steve Angello scheduled for release in 2009. They are also working on the music for a videogame with EA Games/Dice to be released in 2010.[dated info]

Studio Robotberget

Bloodshy and Avant own a studio based in a 150 year old firestation in the middle of Söder, Stockholm.

Studio Gear & Recording Equipment

  • Roland System
  • Korg MS-20
  • Korg VC-10 Vocoder
  • Yamaha CP80
  • Ondes Martenot
  • Theremin by Leon Theremin
  • Viggen Debutant
  • Wurlitzer
  • August Hoffman Piano
  • RCA BA25
  • Gates Sta-Level
  • Chandler LTD1, LTD2, TG1, TG2
  • SSL Bus Compressor
  • API 1608
  • LM Ericsson Preamps
  • EMT 240
  • AKG BX20
  • Roland Space Echo
  • AKG C12
  • AKG C24
  • Neumann M49
  • Neumann SM2
  • Coles 4038

Awards

  • ASCAP Award for Most Performed Song - "Toxic" - 2005 [6]
  • ASCAP Award - "Toxic" - 2004
  • Grammy Award - Best Dance Recording - "Toxic" - 2005
  • Ivor Novello Award - Performing Right Society (PRS) Most Performed Work - "Toxic" - 2005
  • Swedish Government - Music Export Award 2007
  • SMFF Award - 2006

Discography

2011

From Sky Ferreira's As If!

  • "Haters Anonymous"
  • "108"

From Britney Spears' Femme Fatale

  • "How I Roll" (produced by Bloodshy, Henrik Jonback and Magnus Lidehäll)
  • "Trip to Your Heart" (produced by Bloodshy, Henrik Jonback and Magnus Lidehäll)

2010

From Miike Snow's Miike Snow Deluxe Version

  • "The Rabbit"
  • "Silvia" (Robotberget Remix)

From Dangerous Muse's Take Control

  • "Homewrecker"
  • "I Want It All"

2009

From Miike Snow's Miike Snow

  • "Animal"
  • "Burial"
  • "Silvia"
  • "Song for No One"
  • "Black & Blue"
  • "Sans Soleil"
  • "A Horse Is Not a Home"
  • "Cult Logic"
  • "Plastic Jungle"
  • "In Search Of"
  • "Faker"
  • "Billie Holiday" (bonus track)

From BoA's Best & USA

  • "Universe"

From BoA's BoA

  • "Did Ya"
  • "Touched"

2008

From Lisa's Got that Fever

  • "Leave"

From Maroon 5's Call and Response: The Remix Album

  • "Little of Your Time"

From Britney Spears' Circus

  • "Unusual You"
  • "Phonography"
  • "Radar"
  • "Trouble" (iTunes Pre-order bonus track)

From Crystal Kay's Namida no Saki ni (涙のさきに; Beyond the Tears)

  • "Dream World" (SOIDOG MIX) Remixed with Jonback
  • "Namida no Saki ni (涙のさきに; Beyond the Tears)" (SOIDOG MIX) Remixed with Jonback"

From Crystal Kay's Color Change!

  • "It's a Crime"

From Sean Garrett's Turbo 919

  • "Turbo 919"

From Leon Jean Marie's Bent out of shape

  • "You Must Know"
  • "Bring It On"
  • "Fair"
  • "East End Blues"
  • "Jumpin Off the Block"
  • Spiss - "My Slang"

2007

From Britney Spears' Blackout

  • "Piece of Me" (UK #2, US #18) 3 time VMA winner
  • "Radar" (co-produced by The Clutch) (US #88, SWE #8)
  • "Freakshow"
  • "Toy Soldier"
  • "Piece of Me" (Böz o Lö remix) (US club play #1)
  • "Radar" (Bloodshy & Avant remix)

From Jennifer Lopez's Brave

  • "Brave"
  • "Brave" (Bloodshy radio edit)

From Jordin Sparks' Jordin Sparks

  • "See My Side"
  • "Shy Boy"
  • "Young and in Love"

From Kevin Michael

  • "We All Want the Same Thing" featuring Lupe Fiasco
  • "Hoodbuzzin"
  • "Lollipop" (unreleased)

From Kylie Minogue's X

  • "Nu-di-ty"
  • "Speakerphone"
  • "No more rain"
  • "Cherry Bomb" b-side to "Wow" and "In My Arms" single

From the soundtrack Music and Lyrics: Music from the Motion Picture

2006

From Kelis' Kelis Was Here

  • "Fire" featuring Spragga Benz

From Natalie's Everything New

  • "Dance With Me"

From Belinda's Utopia

  • "Good... Good"

From Jamelia's Walk With Me

  • "Window Shopping"

2005

From Britney Spears' Someday (I Will Understand) - CD Single and Britney & Kevin: Chaotic - Bonus CD

  • "Chaotic"
  • "Mona Lisa"

From Brooke Valentine's Chain Letter

  • "Blah-Blah-Blah" featuring Ol Dirty Bastard
  • "American Girl"
  • "Thrill of the Chase"

From Madonna's Confessions on a Dancefloor

  • "How High"
  • "Like It or Not"

From Rob Thomas' ...Something to Be

From Utada's Exodus

2004

From Britney Spears' Greatest Hits: My Prerogative

From Christina Milian's It's About Time

  • "I Need More"

From Ms. Dynamite's Judgement Days

  • "Not Today" (#7 UK)
  • "Shavaar" (#7 UK)

2003

From Britney Spears' In the Zone

  • "Toxic" (UK #1, US #9) Grammy award winner
  • "Showdown"
  • "Wonderland" (unreleased)
  • "Me Against the Music" (Bloodshy & Avant's Chix mix) (US club play #1)
  • "Toxic" (Bloodshy & Avant's Intoxicated remix) (US club play #1)
  • " hollow" (unreleased)

From Rachel Stevens' Funky Dory

From Billy Crawford's Ride

  • "The Way She Rocks My World" (bonus track)

From Ruby Amanfu's Sugah

  • "Some of That Marley"

From Lene Nystrøm's Play With Me

  • "Up in Smoke"

2002

From Christina Milian's Christina Milian

  • "AM to PM" (#3 UK, #27 US)
  • "When You Look at Me" (#3 UK)
  • "You Make Me Laugh"
  • "Got to Have You"
  • "Last Call"
  • "Snooze You Lose"

From Ms. Dynamite's A Little Deeper

  • "It Takes More" (Bloodshy Main mix) - (#7 UK)
  • "Brother"
  • "Put Him Out" - (A Little Deeper) (#28 UK)
  • "Krazy Krush"
  • "Get Up, Stand Up"

From Sugababes' Angels with Dirty Faces

  • "Supernatural"

From Samantha Mumba's The Collection

2001

  • Infinite Mass - "She's a Freak"
  • Infinite Mass - "People Talk"
  • Ultra Nate - "Get It Up"
  • Ultra Nate - "I Ain't Looking for Nothing"
  • Amanda - "You Don't Stand A Chance"
  • Amanda - "Call Me"
  • Amanda - "Crush On You"
  • Stella Soleil - "Let's Just Go to Bed"

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