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Neiked

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Biography

NEIKED is the performing alias for Victor Radstrom, a singer, songwriter, and producer from Stockholm, Sweden. Born on December 28, 1991, in Stockholm, the 29-year-old musician kicked off his career in Gothenburg in 2015. 

Here’s everything you need to know about NEIKED’s music.

instruments played
Vocals
Labels

Neiked Collective

Occupations

Singer
songwriter
record producer

Origin

Gothenburg, Sweden

Website
Years Active

2015 - present

How NEIKED Got Started 

In the early 2010s, Victor Radstrom primarily made music in his basement and shared it with his friends. His self-produced tunes earned him the approval of just about anyone who heard them, and several of his friends advised him to try pitching his songs to labels. Victor did so and waited for a response, which didn’t come in.  When Victor got tired of waiting for a response from a label, he decided to form his own. He created the Neiked Collective, his personal label, in 2015 and started independently releasing music. In addition to serving as his label, Neiked Collective is also essentially Victor’s band, consisting of the musicians, producers, writers, and singers that he surrounds himself with.  Victor and his collaborators in the Neiked Collective went on to release their first single in 2015. “Cowboy,” NEIKED’s debut single, features Thomas Strenstrom and was later featured on the album Best of Hard Drive. The next year, Victor collaborated with Brolin on the track “Sand & Lead,” another track from Best of Hard Drive.

Is NEIKED a Person or a Group?

Victor has explained in interviews that, while he’s technically the face of the NEIKED project, others fall under the umbrella of the Neiked Collective as a whole. He told Thomas Bleach, “I guess I’m the main music maker and then the other members do a bunch of different things like visuals, art, playing live, remixing management etc. The plan from the beginning was to just release songs that were too bold or different for other acts to release/ We wanted to combine this with pop records in different flavours.” Throughout his time making music as NEIKED, Victor has stayed private, often hiding his face with hats or glasses and sharing little personal information on social media. He’s explained that this behavior is the result of not being a fan of the spotlight. Overall, Victor seems to prefer being a team player and sharing his creativity with others rather than trying to be a star.

NEIKED’s Breakthrough

NEIKED’s first hit was “Sexual,” a song released on August 21, 2016. The track, produced by Victor, was written by Radstrom, Dayo Olatunji, and Elina Stridh. Dayo Olatunji also provides backing vocals on the track. “Sexual” was largely inspired by Marvin Gaye’s song “Sexual Healing,” a song that inspired Radstrom to write the line, “I’m feeling sexual so we should be sexual.” The song has a pop and funk-inspired sound, and its catchiness helped it become a hit in multiple countries, particularly Australia and the UK.  The track was later remixed by Oliver Nelson, and his remix earned the praise of Perez Hilton and other influencers. American pop band Maroon 5 even wrote a track inspired by the song – “What Lovers Do,” featuring SZA, which features an interpolation of the track. 

More Music 

After the success of “Sexual,” NEIKED collaborated with MIMI on the track “Call Me,” a single that went Silver in the UK and made it to number 50 on the Swedish charts. That 2017 single was followed by “Old School Love” featuring Shy Nodi, a song that was later featured on the tracklist for the album Best of Hard Drive

Collaborating With Miriam Bryant 

One of NEIKED’s most frequent collaborators is Miriam Bryant, a longtime friend of Victor’s who he’s known since his childhood. The two have worked together on multiple tracks, including “How Did I Find You” and “Rocket,” and Victor has also contributed to Miriam’s music as a producer and songwriter. 

Best of Hard Drive and More

NEIKED released several more singles throughout 2018 and 2019, all leading up to the release of Best of Hard Drive. Singles from the record include “Been a Long Time” featuring Lil Indo, “How Did I Find You,” featuring Miriam Bryant, “Lifestyle,” featuring Husky, and “Sometimes” featuring Kes Kross and Jackson Penn.” Over the course of all of these releases, NEIKED has stayed independent, releasing all of his music through his Neiked Collective label. His most recent single, “Better Days,” is a collaboration with Mae Muller and Polo G.

NEIKED’s Stats and Streams 

NEIKED currently has over four million monthly listeners on Spotify. His top track on the platform is his most recent single, “Better Days,” which has already earned over 12 million streams. His most-played song of all time is “Sexual,” with over 369 million streams. The Oliver Nelson remix of that track has 20 million additional plays. On YouTube, NEIKED maintains a consistent uploading schedule, sharing the audio for tracks and posting official music videos frequently. His most-played video is the official lyric video for “Sexual,” which has over 31 million plays.

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