My Name's Bjorn and I play drums. I also enjoy buying gear (which drummer doesn't!). Some of which I keep, and some I clean up or restore and sell on again, a little hobby in itself. I tend to buy only things I like, which is a bit of a problem as I inevitably want to keep things, but sometimes have to sell them to fund other purchases. On my site you can read about my bands, the gear I currently own, some of my projects, and some of the gear I no longer have, but thought may be interesting all the same. Although I like many makes of drums, I'm especially drawn to Premier. Partly because they were British made and have a long and interesting heritage, partly because my first big project was a Premier, but there's also something in their design and attention to detail, particularly in the older drums. They just exude a certain 'character' that I don't see in many other drums.
Then & now! Playing my first kit in my bedroom, approx 1990. And playing with my band in 2010.
My very first drumkit was a Hohner, which somehow managed to survive (and I use the word loosely) 13 years of use and abuse. I was lucky that my parents were happy for me to play in the house and so I played for a few hours nearly every evening. I never had any formal tuition until a couple of lessons last year. I'm sure I'd have been a better player if I'd had tuition earlier, and I intend to take more lessons when time allows. My father also played drums back in the 60's and early 70's but around the time I was born he left the band he was in, sold his drums and sadly never played again. I think he was happy that I took up the drums but he never spoke too much about it. Now, aswell as enjoying playing drums myself, I'm doing my best to encourage my young son too.
My son in 2007, aged 3 (note the silencer pads!) And my dad, probably around 1967.
I also play a little bit of guitar, not very well I hasten to add. I took up guitar due to not being able to play drums at home and I still enjoy playing and collecting gear. I know enough chords to bang out a tune or two but I've never practiced enough to play barre chords or decent solos and the like. I'm not too bothered, I have no aspiration to be a great guitarist, but I have fun! My guitar gear has its own page on my site if you're interested.