Rolf Magnus Joakim Larsson was born on August 19, 1963, in Sweden, Stockholm.
As a child, he learned to play musical instruments. His sister taught him to play the piano, a friend of his father taught him to play the guitar, and Joakim himself learned to play the trumpet. Before becoming a musician Joey Tempest learned how to play the piano and the guitar. During his childhood, Joey lived with his parents Eva and Rolf Larsson, his sister Liselott and brother Thomas in Stockholm.