Mando Diao – one of Swedens most successful exports.
The statistics are an impressive resume of productivity. Since 2002 Mando Diao has released 7 studio albums that have sold more than 1,5 million copies worldwide. The album “Infruset” in 2013 was a cultural phenomenon in Sweden, selling 4x platinum, #1 for 17 weeks and the single “Infruset" was on “Svenkstoppen” for 167 weeks with 86 at #1. In their career they have played more than 1500 concerts in more than 30 countries and have headlined major festivals throughout the world. Many of their contemporary bands have come and gone but MANDO DIAO has continued to reach new heights and re-define popular music.
MANDO DIAO have always gone their own way following their artistic vision and interests. The road for them has never been straight and narrow but they continually test new territory; be it the folk music inspired “Never Seen the Light of Day”, the collaboration with the Hip hop producers the Salazar brothers that delivered “Give me Fire”, or the 100 year old Swedish poems of Gustaf Fröding for “Infruset”.
MANDO DIAO is known for its classic rock and roll sound. For them music is a craftwork as they each play several instruments, are producers and songwriters. They started their career drawing heavy influences from rhythm and blues, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Kinks. As they developed they took in more pop and dance themes, but have always maintained the energetic and attitude of early rock and roll paired with Björn's unmistakable soulful voice. Their live shows are highly regarded by the audience because they are an explosion of energy and offer a diverse catalogue of hits as well as unexpected musicianship moments.
MANDO DIAOs 8th studio album "Good Times" was released Spring 2017. The album reflects the reoccurring contrast between Mando Diao’s up-tempo, danceable music with dark and personal themes.
MEMBERS: Björn Dixgård (vocals/guitar), Jens Siverstedt (guitar), Carl-Johan Fogelklou (bass), Daniel Haglund (keyboards), Patrik Heikinpieti (drums).