Vincent Pontare

Fred Vincent Pontare (born 13 May 1980) is a Swedish songwriter, producer, and singer.[1] He regularly collaborates with Salem Al Fakir as songwriting, producer, and duo Vargas & Lagola.[2] They have written, co-written, and produced songs for Avicii, Axwell Ʌ Ingrosso, Madonna, and Seinabo Sey. First release as Vargas & Lagola was Rolling Stone in January 2017.[3]

Vincent Pontare
Background information
Birth nameFred Vincent Pontare
Also known asVargas
Born (1980-05-13) 13 May 1980
OriginSolna, Stockholm County, Sweden
  • Songwriter
  • producer
  • musician
  • singer
  • Vocals
Years active2006–present
Associated acts

In August 2017, they were featured artists on Avicii's "Friend of Mine" from EP Avīci (01) which they co-wrote.[4]


Vincent Pontare started his musical career a solo artist releasing his debut single “Paradise” in 2006 and the albums "Lucky Thirteen" (2007) and "Godspeed" (2011). In 2008 Pontare won the STIM Platinum guitar prize.[5] His career in writing songs for other artists began to gain momentum in 2012 when he co-wrote Swedish House Mafia’s "Save The World" and "Reload" performed by Sebastian Ingrosso & Tommy Trash.

Among the first co-writes with Salem Al Fakir are Avicii’s 2013 Billboard Hot 100 single "Hey Brother" and "Younger" by Seinabo Sey.[6] On Katy Perry's 2013 album "Prism" he co-wrote and produced "Love Me" with Bloodshy, Magnus Lidehäll and Camela Leierth.[7]

At the 2014 Swedish Grammy Awards Vincent Pontare, Salem Al Fakir and Magnus Lidehäll were awarded Composer of the Year after writing for Veronica Maggio’s album "Handen i fickan fast jag bryr mig" and the Petter album "Början på allt", and work with artists like Galantis.[8] In 2014 he wrote numerous songs on Mapei’s album "Hey Hey" and Avicii’s "The Days" and "Divine Sorrow" (with Wyclef Jean).[9] Pontare followed up with another successful year in 2015 co-writing most songs on Seinabo Sey’s highly acclaimed debut album "Pretend" and songs for Madonna’s "Rebel Heart" album.[10][11] He also collaborated on David Guetta's single "Bang My Head" with Sia and Fetty Wap.

Vargas & Lagola have co-written some of the biggest hits by Swedish artists Axwell Ʌ Ingrosso – "More Than You Know" (2017), "Sun Is Shining" (2015) and Avicii – "Without You(feat. Sandro Cavazza)" (2017), "Waiting For Love" (2015).[12]


As Vargas and Lagola

As solo artist

Songwriting and production credits

Year Artist Title Album
2005 Agnes "I Believe" Agnes
2009 Matt Dusk "Don't Hate On Me" Good News
2011 Agnes "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" Non-album single
2012 Swedish House Mafia "Save The World" Until Now
Sebastian Ingrosso & Tommy Trash "Reload" Non-album single
Dada Life "Kick Out The Epic Motherf**ker" Non-album single
Nause "Hungry Hearts" Non-album single
Agnes "All I Want Is You" Veritas
"Human Touch"
"Got Me Good"
"Nothing Else Matters"
2013 Katy Perry "Love Me" Prism
Avicii "You Make Me" True
"Hey Brother"
2014 John Martin "Anywhere For You" Non-album single
Galantis "Smile" Galantis (EP)
Dada Life "Born To Rage" Non-album single
"One Smile"
Mapei "Blame It On Me" Hey Hey
"What's Innit 4 Me"
Wyclef Jean "Divine Sorrow"
(featuring Avicii)
Non-album single
Avicii "The Days" The Days/Nights
David Guetta "Bang My Head" Listen
2015 Madonna "HeartBreakCity" Rebel Heart
"Wash All Over Me"
"Rebel Heart"
Sharks "The Rebel" Non-album single
Galantis "Gold Dust" Pharmacy
"Dancin' To The Sound Of A Broken Heart"
"Kill Em' With The Love"
"Call If You Need Me"
Avicii "Waiting For Love" Stories
Seinabo Sey "Younger" Pretend
"Hard Time"
"Pistols At Dawn"
2016 MishCatt "Another Dimension" Highlighter
Miike Snow "Heart Is Full" iii
2017 Johnossi "On A Roll" Blood Jungle
Avicii "Friend Of Mine"
(featuring Vargas & Lagola)
Avīci (01)
"Without You"
(featuring Sandro Cavazza)
Toby Radall "Hold You Down" ONE.
Axwell Ʌ Ingrosso "More Than You Know" More Than You Know
"Something New"
"This Time"
"Sun Is Shining"
"On My Way"
2018 Seinabo Sey "I Owe You Nothing" TBA
(featuring Jacob Banks)
Ghost "Dance Macabre" Prequelle
"Life Eternal"
MagnusTheMagnus "It Don't Impress Me"
(featuring Madi Banja)
Non-album single

Songwriting and production credits for local Swedish artist

Year Artist Title Album
2007 Danny "If Only You" Heart Beats
2008 Amanda Jenssen "Do You Love Me?" Killing My Darlings
2010 Andreas Grega "Dom hade mycket att säga" En sak i taget
2013 Veronica Maggio "Sergels torg" Handen i fickan fast jag bryr mig
"Jag lovar"
"Hela huset"
(featuring Håkan Hellström)
"Va kvar"
"Låtsas som det regnar"
"Bas gillar hörn"
"I min bil"
Petter "Mighty"
(featuring Newkid)
Början på allt
"Början på allt"
(featuring Eye N'I)
"Håll om mig"
(featuring Daniel Adams-Ray)
"Tills döden skiljer oss åt"
(featuring Lilla Namo)
"Alla vet"
(featuring Agnes)
"Sitter på en dröm"
"Minnen del II"
"Släpp mig fri"
Rasmus Seebach "I min t-shirt" Ingen kan love dig i morgen
2016 Veronica Maggio "Den första är alltid gratis" Den första är alltid gratis
"Vi mot världen"
"Pang pang"
2018 Petter "Kliv på!"
(featuring Eye N'I)
Lev nu
"Lev nu dö sen"
(featuring Vargas & Lagola)

Awards and nominations

Year Awards Category Nomination Outcome Ref.
2008 Swedish Grammy Awards Best Newcomer Himself Nominated [13]
Producer of the Year Himself
Best Dance/Hiphop/Soul Himself
2014 Swedish Grammy Awards Composer of the Year Himself (with Salem Al Fakir & Magnus Lidehäll) Won [14]
The Swedish MPA Awards International Success of the Year Himself (with Salem Al Fakir & Magnus Lidehäll) Nominated [15]
2015 Swedish Grammy Awards Composer of the Year Himself (with Salem Al Fakir & Magnus Lidehäll) [16]
The Swedish MPA Awards International Success of the Year Himself (with Salem Al Fakir) [17]
2016 Swedish Grammy Awards Composer of the Year Himself (with Salem Al Fakir, Magnus Lidehäll & Seinabo Sey) [18]
2018 Swedish Grammy Awards Composer of the Year Vargas & Lagola [19]


  1. "Grammisvinnarna genom åren". (in Swedish).
  2. "Den stora omvandlingen". (in Swedish). 15 January 2015.
  3. "Production Duo Vargas & Lagola launch themselves with party-house banger Rolling Stone". 27 January 2017.
  4. "Avicii's 'Friend of Mine' Video Will Warm Your Winter". 2 January 2018.
  5. "Mottagare av Platinagitarren" (in Swedish) via
  6. "Avicii Chart History" via
  7. "Katy Perry 'Prism' includes tracks by UMP writers" via
  8. "Grammis 2014". 20 February 2014 via
  9. "Wyclef Jean and Avicii team up for "Divine Sorrow"". 19 November 2014 via
  10. "Seinabo Sey releases debut album 'Pretend'". 23 October 2015 via
  11. "Madonna releases new album 'Rebel Heart'". 9 March 2015 via
  12. "Spotlight Avicii - "Without You" feat Sandro Cavazza" (in Swedish). 14 August 2017 via
  13. "Nominated 2008" (in Swedish).
  14. "Nominated 2014" (in Swedish).
  15. "Nominerade till Musikförläggarnas Pris 2014" (in Swedish). 29 September 2014.
  16. "Nominated 2015" (in Swedish).
  17. "Nominerade till Musikförläggarnas Pris 2015" (in Swedish). 28 September 2015.
  18. "Nominated 2016" (in Swedish).
  19. "Nominated 2018" (in Swedish).

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