A prolific and passionate artist from the Scandinavian scene, Swedish singer-songwriter Jay-Jay Johanson launched his musical journey as part of a punk band before discovering jazz at age 15, the music his father loved. He stashed away his hard rock LPs, quit his punk band and founded a jazz quartet. Upon hearing the album Dummy (1994) by Portishead, he was immediately captivated by the trip-hop aesthetic: he was struck by the idea of writing an album fusing melancholy jazz vocals, electronic effects and hip-hop rhythms. He and his friend (and future pianist) Erik Janson set to work, and their experimental efforts were noticed by BMG, who released their debut album, Whiskey (1997). It was the beginning of a productive career stretching over nearly 20 years, with the dandy crooner with the spellbinding androgynous voice delivering 10 albums including Tattoo (1998), Poison (2000), Rush (2005), Spellbound (2011), Cockroach (2013) and Opium (2015).