Göransson was born and raised in Linköping, Sweden. He moved to America in 2007 for film scoring. He cites Jazz & Blues as some of his early influences and what he was, "raised on".
He composed the score to the critically acclaimed drama Fruitvale Station, based on the fatal shooting of 22-year-old Oscar Grant on January 1, 2009. The film won the Grand Jury Prize and Audience awards in the Dramatic category at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, also taking home the Avenir Prize and Un Certain Regard awards at the Cannes Film Festival.
In 2012, Göransson produced HAIM's debut EP and helped establish the band with a brand new sound on the song "Forever". He also produced two songs on HAIM's debut album Days Are Gone.
In August 2013, Göransson signed a management deal as a Composer for Jay-Z's label, Roc Nation.