"Sander is a great drummer, gifted songwriter, and a true professional."

Matt Malley (Counting Crows)

Sander Owen is a Norwegian drummer and music producer, living in the USA.


He has played with Kevin Moore (Dream Theater), Chris Poland (Megadeth), Matt Malley (Counting Crows), Ric Fierabracci (Chick Corea), Brett Garsed (Nelson), Hans Zermuehlen (Glenn Hughes), Ben Mallare (Kelly Clarkson), Marie Bergman (the Swedish artist), and The Gravity Guild (top ten Hollywood band on ReverbNation). He has warmed up for Machina (ex-Evanescence members); worked with Carson Slovak (Century); produced music for The Red Cross, Keith Floyd (the famous TV chef), TV Norge, and Norsk Film; and he has performed at The Whisky a Go Go, The Baked Potato, Musician's Institute, and The SAE Institute.


Sander grew up in a very musical family in Skien, Norway. His mother taught him piano, guitar, and singing; she also introduced him to many of his lifelong favorite artists—The Police, Ray Charles, Keith Jarrett. He started playing the drums at age five, because no one else wanted to be the drummer in his older brother's Kiss cover band. One of their neighbors took Sander under his wings and showed him the basics. He quickly fell in love with the instrument, and started learning from the best—Omar Hakim, Manu Katche, Jeff Porcaro, Dennis Chambers, Peter Erskine, Phil Collins, Stewart Copeland, Dave Weckl, Steve Gadd, Bernard Peardy, Paolo Vinaccia, Jimmy Cobb, Billy Higgins, Tony Williams, Billy Cobham. When his younger sister picked up the bass, the family trio was complete.


At fifteen, he started doing professional work—jazz clubs, cruise ships (Hurtigruta), wedding bands, cover bands, church bands. Sander went on to study music at the SVG School, where he graduated with top grades, studying under Audun Kleive (Terje Rypdal). Sander also had many students. He composed and arranged music for theaters and revues as well. After graduation, he moved to Oslo and started working for his uncle's sound production company. Sander also had a small, but successful rehearsal studio business at the time. His band released several albums and singles too.


He finally managed to move to Los Angeles, where he became a session drummer after getting some good advice from Kenny Aronoff (Smashing Pumpkins, John Fogerty).


After a few years, he designed and built his own soundproof studio. He was fortunate to get some tips from Stan Katayama (recording engineer from the Rage Against The Machine debut album), Jan Erik Kongshaug (engineer on the majority of Pat Metheny's albums), as well as his other uncle, who is an acoustic engineer. The studio was custom made to record nothing but drums, with top notch equipment—Pro Tools, Neve, Neumann. When he didn't record for clients, he produced his own music: groove based instead of riff or melody based, which became his signature style.