Johann Hjorleifsson (IS)
#Salin, Freelance

Paiste Artist Since Jan 2003


Recording setup
14" Signature Dark Energy Dark Energy Hats Mark I
18" Signature Dark Energy Dark Energy Crash Mark I
20" Signature Traditionals Medium Heavy Ride
17" Signature Dark Energy Dark Energy Crash Mark I


Jóhann Hjörleifsson is a professional drummer living in Reykjavik, Iceland.

He is one of the most sought after drummers in Iceland for all kinds of music, and has been since in his late teens. He keeps up a busy schedule playing with his band Sálin who has been the no. 1 pop band in Iceland for the last 20 odd years. He has been with Sálin from 1998. Since then they have recorded 9 albums, most of who have reached gold and platinum sales.

Among other projects he is also a member of Reykjavik Big band. He has held the drum chair there since 1995, recording and doing concerts with artists like Bob Mintzer, Maria Schneider, Bill Holman and Tim Hagan.

Lot of Jóhanns time is spent doing session work for various artists in the recording studio both local and international. He then does often get called to do big production concerts with various solo artists or the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra. His drumming can be heard on over 200 LP records so far.

Jóhann has been using Paiste instruments most of his carrier and has been a happy endorser of Paiste products since May 2nd 2003.