|Born||3 March 1971|
|Associated acts||Depeche Mode
Bomb The Bass
Christian Eigner (born 3 March 1971 in Vienna, Austria) is a drummer, composer, live and session musician. He began drumming at the age of 4, and started his professional career aged 16 playing sessions and doing tours with various artists, across many genres.
Depeche Mode & Christian Eigner
He has been performing with Depeche Mode's live band since 1997, as their drummer. He has played drums on DM's albums Exciter, Playing the Angel and Sounds of the Universe, as well as the non-album single/EP Only When I Lose Myself. He has also co-written Depeche Mode tracks with singer Dave Gahan since 2005, most notably the Grammy-nominated Depeche Mode single "Suffer Well" from the album Playing the Angel. 2013 sees Christian embarking on another world tour with Depeche Mode, following the release of Delta Machine, the band's 13th studio album.
Christian has played drums on hundreds of albums, for a wide variety of artists. After moving to London in 1995, Christian started working with a number of top musicians and producers including David Clayton and Kerry Hopwood’s production team, using acoustic drums even when working with electronic artists. In 1997 Christian began working with Depeche Mode, the first time that the band had brought in a drummer, which is when he fully developed his own unique style of using rock drumming with electronic processing. As well as regular drumming sessions, including new albums in 2013 from Gianna Nannini and Bomb The Bass, Christian’s projects include writing sessions with Gus Isidore, and launching ‘Eigner/Clayton’ with David Clayton, their co-produced debut ‘Wasp’ EP being released to great acclaim. Christian’s most recent project is collaborating with Niko Stoessl on Opien’s new ‘Atlanta’ album, co-writing and co-producing using drums, guitars and analogue synths with strict emphasis on everything being played rather than programmed.
- Official Website
- A selection of his releases and contributions on discogs.com
- Christian Eigner at the Internet Movie Database
- Dr. Kurt Ostbahn & Kombo homepage