I was born in the north of Norway in a small town called Balsfjord on the 20th of February in 1994. As the cold got too unbearable for my family we headed south after only six months to  Kristiansand where I am raised and currently living. My interest in drums started at an early age, but I was driven more by football/soccer in my teens and played semi-pro until I was 16.

Then I started at a high school that specialized in the arts and that is where I met my teacher Lars Erik Asp who inspired me to make a living out of music. Most of my high school days were spent locked in at my rehearsal space, playing in loads of bands and learning studio techniques. I now have the joy of working at my old high school part-time as a teacher and I also give lessons to private students and on tour.

I have a Masters degree in Music Performance from the University of Agder. Furthermore, I am a full-time member of TEMIC, SHINING (NOR), and Arkentype and I am also busy working for NEED MUSIC playing between 100-150 corporate event gigs a year. With this collective, I have played with artists like Arne Hurlen, Blåsemafian, Ulrikke Brandstorp, Raylee, Aleksandra Rotan, Alexandra Joner, Nicolay Ramm,  Baard Kolstad, and many, many more.

I have also recorded and contributed to producing many TV performances and even an official world cup song. As a prolific session musician, I have recorded percussion for hundreds of artists and contributed MIDI groove packs to companies such as GetGoodDrums.

I have also played with Carina Dahl, Sirenia, VOLA, I am K, Marion Woodseth, Tuva & Mia, Timewaves, Faanefjell, Nina Ugland and Without Apathy to name a few. With these bands and artists, I have played festivals like: Wacken Open Air, Metal Fest Open Air Plzen, Palmesus, Skral Festival, Pink Party, Euroblast, Karmøygeddon, Trondheim Metal Fest, Inferno Metal Meeting, Nordklang Festival, Sørveiv, Southern Discomfort, incuding two european tours. I have also worked as a tech for Mike Portnoy and Haken. Doing social media, stage manager and drum tech. 

If you want to know something more do not hesitate to ask. I love to make new friends.


Simen Sandnes - Need Music Photo Shoot
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Simen Sandnes - SUP & STUP 2022
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