IN THE BEGINNING
John Songdahl, a.k.a 'Sven Musicdorph' was born in Upstate New York, and spent the first 10 years of his life living in different parts of the country. I think he was running from the Law but its never been confirmed. After hiding out for a few years, Sven was raised in in Central Massachusetts where he spent his days herding sheep and drinking moonshine. OK, I made that last part up. About the sheep and the moonshine.
After settling in Central Massachusetts (that part was true) he first became interested in playing music. After years of playing in marching bands, orchestras, and various musical combos (He's an accomplished trombonist), Sven became obsessed with synthesizers and his voyage into music deepened. John attended Berklee College of Music where he became engrossed in Progressive Rock and New Wave, and played in several bands before forming the original band Electric Toys, a band that was part of the seminal 80’s Boston rock scene.
While still at Berklee, John also played with New Orleans rock band The Red Rockers, and toured the US as the opening act for U2 during their Unforgettable Fire tour. John also owns and operates a recording studio, and has worked with artists including Peter Wolf, Jules Shear, The Hooters, Aimee Mann, Willard Grant Conspiracy, Melanie, and many local Boston acts. He occasionally hangs out with Snoop and Al Kooper, although not at the same time.
Currently, in addition to his own recording studio, John works for a company that designs and outfits recording studios worldwide, and has traveled as far as Guangzhou China, where he helped design the largest studio complex in Southeast Asia.
JJohn tells us that in joining The American WHO Sensation, his life is as complete as a Buddhist Monk's but we know that just BS. He'd just be bored otherwise!
The Boys In The Band
JOHN 'SVEN' SONGDAHL
John joined the band shortly after co-founder David Lieb left (the first time). John jumped in and took on the keys role with a passion and never looked back.
The Kids Are Alright
So WHO is this guy anyway?
IN THE BEGINNING