Carl-Johan Hökdal

Carl-Johan "CJ" Hökdal, better known as That Swedish Drummer, is a content
creator, educator, songwriter, session- and live drummer.

Growing up in a musical household, he embarked on his journey behind the drum
kit at age 11 and studied music throughout his school years. Heavily influenced by
drummers playing Jazz, Funk, Prog and orchestral music, he honed his skills in
sight-reading and dynamic drumming. Furthering his education, he graduated with
an Associate of Arts Degree from Musicians Institute in Los Angeles in 2013.
After graduating, he has been working as a freelance drummer, touring and
recording with various artists.

When the COVID-pandemic hit and cancelled all live shows, CJ decided to
dedicate his time and energy into content creation. Building a community around a
love for drumming and educational content throughout different platforms. Today
this community consists of hundreds of thousands of followers and subscribers, as
well as millions of views.

Sharing the stage with artists such as Louise Lemón, SCARLET, Sophie Hanson
and iconic guitarist Paul Gilbert, he has toured Europe several times and played at
festivals such as Sweden Rock, Eurosonic and Roadburn.

For CJ, drumming is more than just playing an instrument; it’s a way to
communicate and express emotions. His goal is to share this passion for music
whether it’s through educational content or from the stage, and to help people
march to the beat of their own drum.


Make sure to check out @ThatSwedishDrummer on Social media:



YouTube (ThatSwedishDrummer)

YouTube (30SecondDrumLessons)




Credit: CJ's photos by Anni Kannika and Johan Bokström