Sven Dirkschneider

U.D.O.

Sven Dirkschneider

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About

Paiste Artist Since
February 2015

Nationality
Germany

Main Affiliation
U.D.O.

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„Proud to be part of the Paiste Family since 2015! The craftsmanship, love and detail that goes into each and every single cymbal is just fantastic. Playing Paiste Cymbals simply puts a smile on my face! “

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Biography

Sven Dirkschneider, was born on 8 December 1993 as the son of German metal legend Udo Dirkschneider in Dormagen near Cologne, he began playing drums at the early age of five. Fascinated by the musician's life, he joined his father's tours at a young age and experienced extensive travelling, life in a nightliner, concerts and instruments, this became an integral part of his life. In 2008, Sven founded his first band formation "Damaged", which started out as a cover band, then they wrote more and more of their own songs, played gigs in German clubs and produced an EP, with the support of former Accept drummer Stefan Kaufmann. The highlights of the band's history, (which ended in 2015), included gigs in Germany and the Czech Republic as a support act for U.D.O., his father's band. After finishing school in the summer of 2010, Sven began training as a media designer. During this time, he used every free moment to accompany his father to concerts and help out as a drum technician. After passing the final exams of his vocational training, he first worked with the British NWOBHM legends Saxon in 2013, who had noticed the confident work of the young drum technician on international festival stages. After signing on as Saxon's drum tech, Sven made the decision to turn his temporary job into a full-time one. In 2013 and 2014 he had already toured Europe and Russia as a stage technician with U.D.O. and Saxon. When Saxon had to cancel some shows in December 2014 due to health problems of their regular drummer Nigel Glockler, they had to maybe reschedule the tour dates for February 2015. Frontman Biff Byford decided to hire Sven Dirkschneider instead as a replacement drummer. What Sven didn't know was that a few months earlier, during a Saxon gig in Berlin, where his father was invited as a guest, Udo had told his friend Biff Byford that U.D.O. were looking for a new drummer. To his surprise, the Saxon frontman recommended Udo's own son Sven, whom Byford had observed night after night at the sound checks and rated him as absolutely suitable for U.D.O.. In February 2015, Sven was confirmed as the new U.D.O. drummer, and just four weeks later he went on a long tour with the band. Since then, Sven and Udo have formed what is probably, the most successful father-son duo in the history of metal!

Setup Cymbals

  • Details

    Sizes: 22"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Heavy

    Sound character: Dry, slightly dark, raw, melodic. Fairly narrow range, fairly clean mix. Heavy yet controllable feel. A clear, glassy ping over a dry and slightly dark, harmonic layer of wash. Very distinctive, tight and deep bell. Well suited for all types of musical styles that require clear stick work and a strong bell. Developed in co-operation with the legendary "The Police" drummer Stewart Copeland.

  • Sounds
  • Details

    Sizes: 18", 20"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Medium

    Sound character: Aggressive, bright, energetic, trashy. Medium range, complex mix. Responsive feel, explosive attack. Powerful, cutting effect cymbal for exotic accents. A good cymbal for noisy crash riding at higher volume levels.

  • Sounds
  • Details

    Sizes: 14"
    Volume: Soft
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Exotic, warm, fluttering slightly tinny. Medium range, complex mix. Flabby feel. Very responsive, and quick fading. Extraordinary, explosive sound where precise accents are needed in many styles of music. Also well-suited for hand playing.

  • Sounds
  • Details

    Sizes: 14"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Medium

    Sound character: Bright, full, warm, brilliant. Wide range, balanced, focused mix. Responsive feel. Bright, aggressive open sound. Sharp, cutting chick sound. Excellent for articulate playing.

  • Sounds
  • Details

    Sizes: 14"
    Volume: Loud
    Weight: Heavy

    Sound character: Bright, metallic, rough, lively, raw. Wide range, fairly clean mix. Very responsive. Explosive, dirty crash sound. Agile China for strong, exotic accents.

  • Sounds
  • Details

    Sizes: 18", 20"
    Volume: Loud
    Weight: Medium

    Sound character: Very bright, slightly trashy, full, exotic. Wide range, complex mix. Fast, responsive, explosive crash, loud, clear defined bell. Very unique, versatile china for flexible application.

  • Sounds
  • Details

    Sizes: 12", 14"
    Volume: Loud
    Weight: Heavy

    Sound character: Shrill, metallic, very powerful, raw. Narrow range, fairly complex mix. Heavy feel. Aggressive, cutting attack with a throaty, slightly vibrating crash sound. Metallic, clear ping with a long wavering decay. A versatile effect cymbal and great alternative choice for unusual applications in various music styles.

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