Erik Sandin NOFX

Erik Sandin of NOFX – Yamaha Drums

This website is supported through the Amazon Associate program as well as other affiliate ads. I earn a small commission from qualifying purchases made through links on the site.

“NOTHING FROM MY GENERATION SPOKE TO ME UNTIL I HEARD PUNK ROCK. IT WAS RAW. IT WAS ANGRY. IT HAD ENERGY AND ANGST. IT WAS EVERYTHING THAT I WAS.” – If it weren´t for Punk Rock, Erik “Smelly” Sandin might not have played drums—or any instrument at all. But in 1981 his neighbourhood punk band needed a drummer, so 15-year-old Erik became one. Two years later, he and two Los Angeles friends formed NOFX, which would go on to become one of the most successful and long-running punk bands ever.

With his skittering sixteenth-note hi-hat patterns, clean snare rolls and speedy double kick patterns, played with a single pedal, Erik manages to be the solid foundation of the band´s sound even at NOFX’s light-speed tempos. In our interview Smelly tells us how he sees his role within in the band and explains his current set-up.

Erik plays Yamaha Absolute Hybrid Maple in Red Autumn:
22″ x 18″ Bass Drum, 12″ x 8″ Tom Tom, 16″ x 15″ Floor Tom
14″ x 5.5″ Brass Snare (RRS1455).

More of Erik, NOFX and the band´s new album “First Ditch Effort”:

Connect with us to get all news on Yamaha Artists, Drums, Product Releases & more:…


Camera & Edit: Merlin Ettore.

Recorded at Grosse Freiheit36 in Hamburg on August 6th, 2016.
Special thanks to Steve Garrett and whole NOFX Crew.


Amazon and the Amazon logo are trademarks of, Inc, or its affiliates.

Please follow and like us:
Visit Us
Follow Me
Follow by Email

You may also like...