Erik started out into the world of music as a child at the age of 3 when be began to play piano and drums. He began teaching drums when he was just 15 years old and his musical career spiraled from here. Today, Erik is recognized as one of Europes most respected and versatile drummers and respected by many, after working with many well known artists such as Michael Bolton, Art Garfunkel, Neil Sedaka, Josh Groban, Donna Summer, Engelbert Humperdinck, John Miles, Boney M, Johnny Logan, Wenche Myhre, Lisa Nilsson, Samantha Fox, Carlene Carter, Al Jearrau, Randy Crawford, Frank Gambale, Bobby Shew, Andy Sheppard, Eddie Daniels, Niels Landgren, Bart Van Lier, Bill Champlin, Phil Woods, Putte Wickman, Ed Palermo, Django Bates, Bob Mintzer, Hector Bingert, DeeDee Bridgewater and Gerald Wilson.

He is a long time endorser of Yamaha Drums, Vic Firth Drumsticks, Evans Drumheads and Istanbul Mehmet Cymbals. Erik has got a custom Drumstick manufactured by Vic Firth. Yamaha launched the Erik Smith Signature Snare drum in 2009 and Istanbul Mehmet cooperated with Erik on four signature cymbal models; the 22” Erik Smith Swish Ride, 22" Versa Ride and the 14 and 15” Erik Smith Versa Hats.



See what Erik's using:
American Classic® 5A
Tear drop tip for rich cymbal sounds. Light and fast for jazz orchestral and pit work.
L = 16" | Dia. = .565"
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Erik was the first scandinavian drummer to tour extensively in support of his endorsing companies to inspire and teach. He has done clinics, masterclasses and workshops in Scandinavia, Germany, Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, USA, Turkey, China and South Africa. In 2003 he performed at the Yamaha Groove Night in Los Angeles. In 2004 he had a clinic at the world’s largest and most prestigious drum and percussion event PASIC in Nashville. He was invited back for PASIC 2008, in Austin TX to do a clinic along with a.o. Roy Haynes, Ed Soph, Dafnis Prieto, Chad Wackerman and Steve Ferrone. 2008 also saw him perform at the Yamaha Groove All Stars concert in Frankfurt with Tom Brechtlein, Rick Marotta, Tommy Aldridge and Wolfgang Haffner. Erik teaches drum set at the Norwegian State Academy of Music (Norges Musikkhøyskole) and privately when his schedule permits. He also does clinics, masterclasses and workshops for big bands, schools, universities and private firms. He is a recipient of the Spellemanns prize (Norway's "Grammy") and has his own regular column on drumming in Norway's leading music magazine, Musikkpraksis. In 2010 he got an honorary doctorate at Xian Xi University in China.