Dregen is the nickname of Andreas Tyron Svensson (born June 12, 1973 in Nässjö, Sweden), best known for being the original guitarist and founding member of the Hellacopters and currently Backyard Babies.
Dregen was the founding member of the Backyard Babies in 1987, and in 1994 he created the Hellacopters with Entombed drummer Nicke Andersson. In 1996, he decided to leave the band after recording two albums with them (Supershitty to the max and Payin 'the Dues) to devote full time to Backyard Babies. Dregen also played in the Supershit band 666 with Ginger (Wildhearts) as singer, Nicke Andersson on drums and producer Thomas Skogsberg on bass. The only recording of this group is an eponymous EP of 6 tracks released on Inferno Records in 1999. They never gave a concert, and Ginger and Dregen have both said repeatedly want to record again , and maybe turn under the name Supershit666. But given the tight agendas of members, no concrete plan has been made so far.
Dregen has appeared several times with Swedish singer / songwriter Lars Winnerbäck, with whom he also recorded the song Dead Flowers for a Rolling Stones tribute album. Dregen also recorded a live with the Dogs D'Amour entitled The Poet and the Dragon. Recently, Dregen also collaborated with Swedish rapper Timbuktu on the song Tack för kaffet.
In 2010, during the Them XX tour accompanied by a best of the same name album, Backyard Babies announce that they wish to pause after the tour. In May 2011, Dregen joined the group of Michael Monroe (former singer of Hanoi Rocks) and participated in the recording of his album Horns and Halos (2013). The same year, he released his own album Dregen.