Bio

Amaliar consists of: Jens Nelsson, Natalie Knutzen, Melisa Jiménez and Peter Lönnqvist. 

 

Jens Nelsson, born in 1984, is the composer, guitarist and lead singer of the band. When he’s not making songs, he is a writer and editor of books and screenplays. He runs a publishing company for short stories and works with writing courses for Sweden’s version of Writers Digest, “Skriva”.

Natalie Knutzen is the lead guitarist of the band. Originally a jazz guitarist from Buenos Aires that ended up in Stockholm in 2002 and is now playing rock. She runs the label and production company El Sol y la Luna music, working both in Sweden and Argentina with a variety of music. She is also the front figure of the world music band Natalie Beabella.

Melisa Jiménez, born in 1988 in Mexico City, is the bass player of Amaliar that settled down in Sweden in 2008 after studying sound engineering at SAE in Byron Bay, Australia. She has been touring as a sound technician for the legendary Swedish electronic band – The Knife. During daytime she works as an acoustic consultant.

Peter Lönnqvist, drummer, entered the constellation in the end of 2015, just in time for the release of the band’s first single “Hang on”. He is also an experienced percussionist, performing in the musical drum- and drama group Komodo that he co-initiated in 2001. Peter was born in 1981 and grew up in Gothenburg.

The band started forming back in 2009. Jens and Natalie, being a couple, had played some of the songs composed by Jens together for a while along with different musicians, trying out the constellation, playing a more acoustic set in cafés and smaller venues. But the ambition had always been to form a rock band. A late december night, Natalie had a gig with her own world music project, Natalie Beabella at an alternative club in Stockholm, that’s when she met Mel working there as a sound technician. Having quite recently moved from Mexico City via a year in Australia to Sweden, Mel was longing for Spanish speaking friends. Natalie, surprised by seeing this cool girl behind the mixing table, started talking and they soon became friends. That same night Mel mentioned she was playing the bass. A week later the band held it’s first rehearsal.