EP 189: Johan Holmström – Composing Music for Video Games

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Johan Holmström is a highly accomplished Swedish composer renowned for his significant contributions to the realm of video game music, particularly in his role as the composer for Candy Crush Soda Saga. With an extensive background in both composition and orchestration, Mr. Holmström meticulously crafted and arranged the score for the game, which was recorded with the prestigious London Symphony Orchestra at the iconic Abbey Road Studios.

As a resident composer and sound designer at King, the acclaimed creators of Candy Crush and numerous other top-grossing games, Johan Holmström consistently demonstrates his exceptional musical prowess. Following his studies at the Musicians Institute and Berklee College of Music in Boston, he garnered invaluable experience playing alongside some of Sweden’s most prominent artists, with a notable emphasis on showcasing his exceptional Hammond skills.

In addition to his impressive work in the gaming industry, Johan has made substantial contributions to the Swedish music scene. For three consecutive seasons, he served as the bandleader and composer for the popular Swedish children’s show “Bacillakuten,” further showcasing his versatility and talent in the field. His achievements, including the distinguished recording sessions at Abbey Road Studios, have earned him accolades such as the title “King of video game music” among other commendations.


  • Working on casual games vs. AAA-level games
  • Preparing scores for orchestras
  • Composing music for games such as Candy Crush
  • Asking questions when you’re feeling stuck
  • Designing sound effects
  • Getting your team on the same page
  • Making sure your music translates across multiple devices
  • How to get into the gaming industry
  • Finding people better than you to collaborate with

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