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John Birkeland Hansen



With MEINL since:



January 21, 1988

Zodiac Sign:


Place of birth:

Hamar, Norway

Currently living in:

Hamar, Norway

Favorite MEINL cymbal:

Byzance Extra Dry China 20"

Drumming since:

Started the band KRACE in 1998

Car that you currently drive:


Not counting on drums what do you do for fun:

Just bought a bar with 9 friends. Hang with my girlfriend Simone

Favorite Food:

Roasted vegetable Enchiladas filled with bell peppers, pinto beans, mushrooms and onions

Favorite Drink:

Norwegian hand-crafted beers!


Self taught. I played a lot to my discman in my mom and dads basement back in the days. Yes – they were patient ha!

Highlight of your career so far:

Won the Norwegian championship in Rock in 2000 – that did a lot. But having the oppurtunity to release 6 albums so far is pretty great

Drumming strengths:

Hmm..  i started playing to a click-track when i was 14-15 years old – so that has helped a lot for my drumming. So maybe Strength & tightness   

Drumming means to me:


Advice for up and coming drummers:

Playing and practicing. Develop your own style !

How would you describe yourself:

Energetic & passionate

When I look back on my life one day, I would like to be able to say:

I did it