KJ Sawka

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KJ Sawka
Birth nameKevin Joseph Sawka
BornSeattle, United States
GenresDrum and bass, dubstep, oldschool jungle
Occupation(s)Musician, record producer, dj
InstrumentsDrums, keyboard, bass guitar, percussion
Years active2005–present
LabelsWax Orchard, Beat My Drum Recordings, Impossible Records

Kevin Joseph Sawka, better known by his stage name KJ Sawka, is an American musician, record producer, and DJ. He plays drums in the bands Pendulum and Destroid.


KJ Sawka started his musical career at the age of twelve. At age eighteen, he developed an interest in electronic music and started producing. Citing the drumming of Phil Collins as a major influence,[1] Sawka uses a customized drumkit configured to enable greater improvisation, tailored to the type of music he is playing.[2] In the studio, he favors electronic drum machines, while for live performances he primarily plays drums.[citation needed]

In 2010 he became the drummer of Pendulum, appearing on their Immersion album.[3] The group reunited in 2016 for a single live show at Ultra Music Festival, Miami,[4] and subsequently went on tour in 2017.[1][5]

In 2012, together with producers Excision and Downlink, Sawka founded the supergroup Destroid, of which he is the drummer.[citation needed]

He founded the independent record label Impossible Records in 2015.[6]

Sawka currently[when?] endorses Tama, Meinl, Evans, Vater, Hammerax, Roland and Izotope.



Studio albums
Live albums

With Pendulum[edit]

With Destroid[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Interview: KJ Sawka Talks New Music, The Pendulum Reunion, And Phil Collins – NEST HQ". NEST HQ. March 3, 2017. Retrieved May 26, 2017.
  2. ^ "Pendulum's drum setup revealed: KJ Sawka's kit in pictures". MusicRadar. Retrieved May 26, 2017.
  3. ^ "Pendulum recruit new drummer | music news | triple j". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved May 26, 2017.
  4. ^ "After the Ultra Miami Reunion, Pendulum Finally Reveals 2017 Plans". EDM.com. December 31, 2016. Retrieved May 26, 2017.
  5. ^ "Pendulum". Songkick. Retrieved May 26, 2017.
  6. ^ "KJ Sawka launches new label: Impossible Records". UKF. April 28, 2015. Retrieved May 26, 2017.

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