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 Eirik Wilhelm Wangberg

Eirik Wilhelm Wangberg is a Norwegian record producer, sound engineer, musician and songwriter living in Los Angeles. In the early 60s he was bassist for the Norwegian The Cool Cats before he started the band Eirik Wangberg with The Noisemen. Eventually he moved to the US where he has worked as a producer and sound engineer for several international artists and participated in numerous recordings that have topped the sales charts.

Eirik Wangberg has been an important driving force behind more than 170 single and album hits, of which 80 reached the Top Ten and no less than 50 became no. 1 hit records in the U.S. and the rest of the world, representing sales exceeding 250 million units. Paul McCartney, Diana Ross, The Beach Boys, Dionne Warwick, John Mayall, Carole King, Smokey Robinson, John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John and David Foster are among the 300 or so top artists which whom he has had a close working relationship.

The Norwegian Grammy winner (awarded the producer/songwriter/arranger title, often called "The Industry Award", in 1983) first started playing a musical instrument at the age of 5 and by the time Wangberg reached his teens he was perfecting his musical skills on several different instruments by playing in various groups and bands. Studies in mathematics at Oslo University (1962) and in mathematics and civil engineering (electronics) at the University of California (1965-67) were followed by 3 years training in sound engineering with the internationally renowned Armin Steiner in Hollywood (1967-71) and a four-year course in business administration and economics (1972-76).

During his studies he put theory into practice by working as a freelance sound engineer and record producer and during his last study period he was also Manager and joint owner of Sound Recorders Studio, Hollywood. For years, he has been producing records and business projects in USA and Europe. His varied background experience as artist, musician, arranger, composer, author, singer, contractor, studio and cover designer, sound producer and mastering engineer, studio proprietor and record producer has provided him with a professional versatility few can match; "Eirik the Norwegian" (a nick name given by Paul McCartney) can justly claim to have a thorough insight into the business of making music.

For making the best songs and records is a question of guiding the best talents. Few can point to as much experience, and on such large scale, in working with the greatest talents in the music business as Wangberg. David Foster (for Barbra Streisand, Chicago, Whitney Houston, Céline Dion, etc.), Michael Masser (George Benson, Diana Ross, Whitney Houston, Natalie Cole, etc.) and Paul McCartney are among the world´s greatest composers with whom he has worked. Long working days and nights giving help and guidance and providing engineering and production skills taught Wangberg not only what to do, but equally important, what not to do.

More info on his homepage.

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