Hena Habegger : Drums
Even as a young boy, I was fascinated by drums and rhythms and would hit anything that made a loud sound. As my mom wanted the household furniture and kitchenware to survive, every birthday she would give me a children’s tin drum, but they never really lasted very long! When I was nine, I joined the local drum corps to learn the first rudiments. Around the same period, I was able to sit behind a neighborhood friend’s drum kit a couple of times, which gave me the final kick I needed to realize drumming was for me!
Soon after, I finally sat behind my own kit and taught myself how to play. I played along with my favorite albums by AC/DC, Judas Priest, Led Zeppelin, etc., and tried to play everything exactly one-to-one, which sometimes worked out and sometimes didn’t.
As a teenager, I played in several local bands where I got my first stage experience, and in 1990, I decided to go to Hollywood, California, where I pursued my further education at the Musicians Institute (Percussion Institute of Technology).
With a diploma under my belt, I returned to Switzerland and founded Gotthard with my friends. Since then, we have performed more than 2,000 shows all over the world, have reached the charts 15 times, and have several gold and platinum awards hanging on my wall.
My influences: Some of my biggest influences are Phil Rudd, John Bonham, James Kottak, Gregg Bissonette, and Vinnie Colaiuta to name but a few.
My style of playing: My technique and style consist of always trying to play what the song needs as well as providing the band and the song with a firm base, just like a Swiss precision clock! Timing, dynamics, and a solid groove and drive are the most important things to me.