Back in 2010 I heard that Glasvegas was looking for a new drummer, a standing up one. I applied for the job and got it.
Fast forward a month: I left north of Sweden where I’m from, all of a sudden living in a hotel in Glasgow, a new member of the band, trying to understand what everybody was saying and practicing for my first world tour with the boys. I’d never played standing up before but straight away I was so happy that they asked me to stand up. It’s so much fun to be able to move around the kit when I feel like it and also get a wee dance on when the mood is right. I usually play very open grooves with Glasvegas so I almost never cross my hands, which is ‘the normal’ way for me when I play sitting down. Playing open gives me the space to be totally free in moving my arms as big or as small as I want and I love using my full body playing the drums. It’s a win win for me.
This is my setup. I use a left footed double kick pedal, but I only use ‘the extra’ pedal which you can find under my floor tom. I’m only using the double pedal for space, ‘cause it’s not ideal to try and get my foot inbetween the snare and floor tom straight on the kick.Other than that, it’s pretty basic. I play a lot of grooves with the floor tom as my ‘kick’. Usually a lot of verses are just played with my hands and then swap it with kick for the choruses. It’s quite good in that way as I don’t have to stand on one leg for a full set playing the kick drum all the time.
Here’s an example of how I play our song Euphoria, Take My Hand when we play it live