Peter Ottoson

Peter Ottoson

Independent/Brides Of Destruction

Born in Umeå, Sweden, in spring 1977, Peter had his first encounter with drums at age 5 in his mothers workplace. He saw a beautiful drumset in sparkling green, probably a Ludwig, the story won’t tell, he will never ever know.

At the age of 11 Peter and his sister Helena nagged about getting a drumset and finally the parents got their message and the siblings got their own, worn out, red, vintage Maxwell drum set. As his first and only inspiration and drum teacher amazing sister Helena taught him how to play his first song ever ”Wild Thing” with hiphop musician Tone-Loc. Totally bored out playing Wild Thing all the time Helena then moved on to some more difficult stuff like Black Sabbath and Peter came to the conclusion that he sucked. So his short but intense career was over at the age of 12. (putting the drumsticks on the shelf only 12 years old). Just to pick up the drumsticks again at the age of 16.

After getting kicked out of several constellations, he was forced to take drum lessons and he eventually got in touch with Marcus Bouquelon at Dunkers and he became Peters first and only drum teacher. Marcus B saw the potential in him but as Peter never ever did his homework Marcus probably pulled his hair more than once. Peter then quit taking drum lessons.

Peter then joined infamous Swedish band Gimel were he was lucky to share practice room with one of the best drummers in the world, famous drummer Tomas Haake of Meshuggah. Peter got his first endorsement deal from Haake using his worn out drumsticks and his drums tuned for every practice. Therefore Peter cannot tune his drums even today.

At the age of 19 Peter did military service in the airforce leaving the drums behind for a year. Sometime in the late 90's Peter and some friends moved to Swedish capital Gothenburg seeking new adventures. Peter and his friends got an apartment in the suburbs outside of Gothenburg (Bergsjön) and their first practise room in Mölndal. Peter started taking german and math lessons just to get money from the Swedish government so that he could pay the rent and focus on learning how to really play those drums. He was totally into listening to Tool at the time and eventually learned how to play those songs.

My Soultone Set: 

21" Extreme Ride
20" Vintage Old School 1964 Crash/Ride
17" FXO 6
16" Custom Brilliant Crash
18" Custom Brilliant Crash
15" Latin Hi Hats