Martin "Bassic" Lindhe (born 20 January 1971, Borås, Sweden) is a Swedish musician and composer, working a style that blends electronica, ambient and dance. His music is often progressive and suggestive in nature. He is best known for his string of hits on the music website mp3.com, where he during a period of almost two years was one of the most downloaded artists in the genres electronica, new age, mood music and progressive trance. He moved to United States in 1999, and currently lives in Kirkland, WA with his family.
ContentsHistory1.1 1991–1999: Early career1.2 1999–2002: MP3.com years1.3 2002–2004: Independent years1.4 2004–2007: DMGI years1.5 2007 – current: Independent years
Martin Lindhe is the great grandchild of the Swedish composer Wilhelm Stenhammar.
§1991–1999: Early career
During his early years Bassic composed a flurry of songs, mostly using borrowed equipment. No music was published until after 1999, and many of these old recordings from this period were lost.
§1999–2002: MP3.com years
He originally uploaded his tracks to MP3.com in the 1990s as a storage solution while moving from Sweden to the USA. Soon after, he was noticed by electronica lovers and gained a large following on MP3.com. By the time the service had been taken over by CNET, his tracks had been downloaded over 7 million times, making him the most popular artist on mp3.com for long periods of time.
§2002–2004: Independent years
During this period Lindhe mainly focused on his family and only released a collection of his most popular songs, with some new material, Daydreamer from his own private website. In 2002 Lindhe was nominated for Best Unsigned Artist and Yahoo! Internet Life's "Internet Music Awards" in New York City.
§2004–2007: DMGI years
After noticing Lindhe's success at MP3.com, DMGI persuaded Lindhe to add him to their roster. The very first thing Lindhe did after signing with DMGI was to compose and release Brighter Than the Sun, one of his most appreciated and best selling releases to date. When Lindhe felt DMGI didn't fulfill their part of the contract, he decided to leave them.
§2007 – current: Independent years
Since 2007 Lindhe has been an independent publisher of his own music through iTunes Store, eMusic and Amazon MP3. His latest release Omniom marks an evolution from his earlier works, including more vocals and a deeper, more layered soundscape.
Lindhe has self-recorded and produced all of his albums, and played all instruments that appear on them. Since 2006, he has exclusively made music using a high-end computer studio with software synthesizers and samplers.
Bassic songs have been licensed for commercial use with companies like Jovan Musk, Microsoft, The History Channel, U.S. Army and the Canadian game company BioWare.