He was involved with two of the biggest pop culture events of the year with “Black Panther” and the hit song “This is America”. However, unlike Michael B Jordan or Childish Gambino, Ludwig Goransson can easily stroll down any street just like a regular dude.
He is 34 years old and the talented and skilled composer hails from Sweden and is currently having a phenomenal year. He finished the film score for the uber-successful Black Panther movie. He traveled to Senegal for a couple of weeks and South Africa for one week to research African music and work with local artists.
He was nominated three times during the Grammy awards this year for his efforts in producing and writing in Gambino’s 2016 album, “Awaken, My Love” and the two of them even got to greater heights with the epic “This is America” video that went viral and instantly became a number one hit. Goranssson has made music for Venom which was just released last month and returned to the Creed franchise to do its film score.
It definitely feels like I’m living a dream. But I try not to pinch myself because I don’t want to wake up,” the long-haired, easygoing musician said seated comfortably on a couch in his New York City hotel. Let’s not also forget that he has worked with Beyoncé and Jay Z. “I worked on a little trailer for the tour,” said Goransson, who is signed to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation. “It was just a short little thing but still it was Beyoncé and Jay-Z. It doesn’t get bigger than that.”
Goransson clearly has a lot on his plate and is currently busy having toiled for months on the new “Creed II” project starring Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, and Tessa Thompson. He says this franchise is so dear to him because the 2015 movie was one of the first studio features he worked on.
Goransson studied at the University of Southern California in America about 10 years ago and this is where he crossed paths with Ryan Coogler and made music for the director’s student film. When Coogler directed the critically acclaimed “Fruitvale Station” he called on Goransson. “Creed” and “Black Panther” followed soon after.
“What’s really great is that it was a very natural progression for us. Every time we worked together it was always like stepping stones together,” Goransson said of his relationship with Coogler, who didn’t direct “Creed II” but is credited as an executive producer. “We’re developing and we’re getting to know each other more for every project.”
Goransson now resides in Los Angeles. He grew up in Linkoping, a small town south of Stockholm and he first started to play the guitar at the age of 7 taught by his father. It was when he turned 9 that he fell in love with Metallica. “That’s when I was like, ‘OK, I want to spend 10 hours a day practicing the guitar for the rest of my life,’” he said. “I wanted to be the best guitar player in the world. And then my dad got me a portable recorder, so I started writing my own music.”