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Bjarte K. Helland

Instrument: Drums

From: Bergen, Norway

Mapex drums, Sabian and Zildjian cymbals, Pearl pedals and hardware, Vic Firth drum sticks, Remo drum heads.

"My first accounts of drumming were registered in the kitchen where I would be hammering on every available pot and pan only 4-5 years old. Turning thirteen, I became a tad more serious and was fortunate enough to get my hands on a Premier Royale drum kit. As time went by I started practicing regularly, and took some drum lessons with different drum teachers. I got my first double pedal when I was seventeen, and had already participated in a few bands at this time. Most of the music I played was related to metal, but my curiosity softly directed me into the world of progressive and fusion based music. Iíve never been able to step out, and I donít want to either; although I enjoy the impulses from other genres as well. Nowadays, Iím playing in several bands and exploring the boundaries and possibilities of my instrument as often as I can".

Music of Choice and influences:
Planet X, Meshuggah, Chick Corea Electric Band, Dream Theater, Weather Report, Symphony X, Andromeda, Marillion, Pain of Salvation, Wasp, Metallica, Guns NíRoses, Skid Row, Iron Maiden, Testament, Pantera, Slayer, Dave Weckl Band, Greg Howe, Ben Daglish, Camel, 007, Virgil Donati, Dennis Chambers, Vinnie Colaiuta, Dave Weckl, Erik Smith, Lars Ulrich, Paul Bostaph, Vinnie Paul, Matt Sorum, Terry Bozzio, Steve Smith, Jojo Mayer, Steve Gadd, Tomas Haake, John Macaluso, Mike Portnoy, Buddy Rich and probably a billion moreÖ

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