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Stefan Olsdal
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Background information
Birth name Stefan Alexander Bo Olsdal
Born (1974-03-31) 31 March 1974 (age 40)
Gothenburg, Sweden
Genres Alternative rock, electronic music
Instruments Bass guitar, guitar, piano, keyboards, double bass, organ, Omnichord, xylophone, drums, cimbalom, dulcimer, vocals
Years active 1994–present
Labels EMI, Virgin Records, PIAS (current), Hut Records, Caroline Records
Associated acts Placebo, Hotel Persona, Hotel Persona DJs, SPAM, Lantana
Website www.placeboworld.co.uk www.myspace.com/hotelpersona

Stefan Alexander Bo Olsdal (born 31 March 1974, Göteborg, Sweden) is the bassist/guitarist of the alternative rock band Placebo and is part of the electronic dance/DJ and remix act Hotel Persona.[1][2]


He moved to Luxembourg when he was young and went to the American International School of Luxembourg along with fellow band member Brian Molko (though the two did not cross paths at this time). Olsdal began playing music in his school's orchestra in 1987. He completed his high school education in Sweden and moved to London with his parents, where he attended the Musicians Institute. He is openly gay and in a relationship with a Spanish man he said he met one week before the band was formed. He came out publicly in an interview in Melody Maker in 1996.

In 2013, he mixed the EP "El Encanto" of Lantana and produced two of the songs of the album, also playing some of the synthesizers, programming, bass and guitars.

He is currently working as producer, arranger, musician and mixer on Lantana's new LP.[3]


Olsdal met Molko by chance outside South Kensington tube station. The two of them formed Ashtray Heart, a lo-fi duo, playing mostly on toy instruments. They wrote four songs, but decided to try out as a serious band, so they invited Steve Hewitt who could not be in the band because he was already signed to another record company. After that, Olsdal invited old schoolmate Robert Schultzberg (who was at the time studying in UK) to join as Placebo's drummer (Hewitt would later replace him as the full-time drummer).

Together with Molko, he is credited as co-author on every Placebo song to date (except "Ashtray Heart" from Battle for the Sun which was credited solely to Molko) and co-produced Black Market Music and some b-sides.

Hotel Persona[edit]

Hotel Persona began when Olsdal and David Amen started providing dance tunes to friends' house parties; Javier Solo was recruited to sing Spanish vocals, and Olsdal sang the English versions. As the music was coming together, Olsdal and Amen did DJ work under the Hotel Persona name in such locations as Milan, Paris, London, Barcelona and Rio. They have also remixed songs by various bands, including Queens of the Stone Age, Placebo and She Wants Revenge.

Their debut album In the Clouds was recorded and mixed in London, Madrid and New York over two years and features a wide array of additional vocals from various artists including Brian Molko, Samantha Fox, Miguel Bosé and Alaska of Fangoria.

In 2007, they remixed the song "Siempre" for Lantana


  • 2014: Currently working as producer, arranger, musician and mixer on Lantana's new LP.[4]
  • 2013: El Encanto (EP) by Lantana: Musician and mixer. [5]
  • 2013: La noche de los muertos vivientes (Single) by Lantana: Producer, musician, mixing and mastering. [6]
  • 2007: Siempre - Hotel Persona (Remix) by Lantana: Remixer. [7]


Olsdal uses a variety of instruments, including a Gibson Thunderbird (three of those, one vintage used since 2003,one modern black which replaced the Flying V in 2006 and one white used since 2009), Fender Jazz Bass, Fender Bass VI, Gibson Les Paul Custom and a Gretsch Anniversary. In live versions of "Teenage Angst", "Centerfolds" and most acoustic performances he uses a Technics keyboard. During the Meds era, he also used an Epiphone Flying V Bass for live performances of "Nancy Boy", "Come Home" and other occasional songs (mostly rarely played songs from the first album), which appeared on the Infra-red video, although this guitar was smashed by Olsdal at the end of their 2006 Reading Festival set. Recently, he is seen playing an olympic white Fender Jaguar Bass, in the "For What It's Worth" video, and is seen playing a white Rickenbacker bass in live performance on television programs. Today he is playing a Charger bass, built by the luthiers TAO Guitars in Brussels.

His amplification is a mixture of Ampeg (for basses) and Marshall (for guitars) amplifiers. He also plays the xylophone in acoustic performances of some songs from Meds ("Pierrot The Clown", "Post Blue"). In Hotel Persona live shows he mostly uses a Fender Telecaster also used when performing "Scared Of Girls", "Slave To The Wage" and "Evil Dildo". In the early years (1994–1996) he used Boss bass pedals when playing live, but this practice ended after Bill Lloyd became a full time touring member.

Olsdal contributes backing vocals sparingly in Placebo's live performances and recordings as well as lead and backup vocals on most Hotel Persona tracks.


  1. ^ Stefan Olsdal of Placebo, Angelfire.com, accessed 2010-05-18
  2. ^ Stefan Olsdal, First Act, accessed 2010-05-18
  3. ^ "Lantana's Official Website in English url = http://en.lantaname.com". 
  4. ^ "Lantana's Official Website in English url = http://en.lantaname.com". 
  5. ^ "MusicBrainz.org Database". 
  6. ^ "Lantana's Bandcamp". Lantana's Bandcamp. 
  7. ^ "Lantana's Bandcamp". Lantana's Bandcamp. 

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Wed, 09 Apr 2014 14:22:30 -0700

Y precisamente fue el bajista de Placebo, Stefan Olsdal, quien horas antes a la presentación, otorgó una entrevista, en exclusiva para RPP y Radio Oxígeno, a Mauricio Martínez. Es así que Olsdal revela las anécdotas que tuvo la banda con uno de sus ...


Thu, 10 Apr 2014 01:15:00 -0700

Stefan Olsdal, el bajista de Placebo: cómo ser gay y estrella del rock. Está casado con un español y tiene un hijo. Publicado por Ociogay el 10 de abril de 2014 en Actualidad, Actualidad 1, Militancia. El grupo está de gira y presentarán en Chile su ...

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Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:48:45 -0700

“Tuvimos más de mil conciertos hasta ahora, por lo que nos pasó de todo”, reconoce el bajista del grupo, Stefan Olsdal, al otro lado del teléfono. “Que se corta la luz, que se prenden fuego los monitores, que se viene el techo sobre nosotros, que nos ...
Radio Programas del Perú
Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:16:56 -0700

En una entrevista exclusiva a RPP Noticias y Radio Oxígeno, Stefan Olsdal, bajista de la banda inglesa Placebo, contó detalles de cómo David Bowie llegó a fijarse en ellos para grabar un tema y compartir el escenario. Según Olsdal, todo empezó antes ...

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Diario de México
Sun, 30 Mar 2014 17:07:07 -0700

“Gracias por aguantar este frío infernal, seguimos calentándonos”, añadió Stefan Olsdal en español, con barba y cabello oscuro, una imagen poco común del bajista de la agrupación surgida en Inglaterra. 'B3', 'Loud Like Love', 'Every Me, Every You', ...


Sun, 13 Apr 2014 02:45:00 -0700

Todos de negro. Para ser alguien que en sus inicios se ponía vestidos y retaba al público a adivinar si era hombre o mujer, el cantante, Brian Molko, viste esta vez con sobriedad, lo mismo que el bajista Stefan Olsdal, con la barba crecida y el cabello ...

Radio Programas del Perú

Radio Programas del Perú
Mon, 07 Apr 2014 23:00:00 -0700

Esta es la primera vez que una banda internacional realiza estos tipos de conciertos en nuestro país. Brian Molko, Stefan Olsdal y Steve Forrest, deleitaron a los cientos de seguidores que llegaron a Barranco y no pararon de corear sus temas. Sobre ...
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Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:03:45 -0700

O vocalista deixa o palco por alguns momentos, e deixa o baterista SteveForrest e o baixista Stefan Olsdal agradecendo a plateia e distribuindo palhetas e baquetas, enquantro agradecem ao público profusamente. Molko volta, a banda se une aos três ...

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