Basic Background Info

Birth: August 17, 1974
Location: Beirut, Lebanon
Band: At the Drive-In, Sparta
Genres: Hardcore, Alternative, Electronica
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician


Tony Hajjar was born in Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, in the mid-70s. Recently, Tony Hajjar has made a name for himself with his aggressive drumming style for the bands At the Drive-In and Sparta.

During the Lebanese civil war, five-year-old Tony Hajjar left his country for the United States. His family settled in El Paso, Texas. When his mother died and his father left, Tony Hajjar's eighteen-year-old brother raised Tony and his sister alone.

In 1993, Tony Hajjar joined up with At the Drive-In, a local post-hardcore band. In its early years, the band toured extensively, trying to reach as many potential fans as possible. Their shows were famously energetic, and the bandís fan base grew through word of mouth. Their sound expanded from pure post-hardcore to incorporate progressive and ethnic influence. Later, they integrated elements of electronica and punk into their music.

At the Drive-In performed on the USA Network's FarmClub, as well as Later with Jools Holland, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and The Late Show with David Letterman. Their song, One Armed Scissor, garnered national radio attention and was played frequently on MTV. In 2001, At the Drive-In dismantled. They had been unable to convey their staggering live energy onto studio recordings and, in the process, had developed artistic and creative differences.

After At the Drive-In's demise, former members Tony, Paul Hinojos, and Jim Ward formed Sparta. The band struggled to find their voice for a while, but eventually found their niche as a solid alternative band.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1997 El Gran Orgo At the Drive-In
1998 In/Casino/Out At the Drive-In
1999 Vaya At the Drive-In
2000 Relationship of Command At the Drive-In
2002 In Our Lifetime, Vol. 2 Various Artists
2002 Wiretap Scars Sparta
2002 Austere Sparta
2003 Jawbreaker Tribute: Bad Scene Everyone's Fault Various Artists
2004 Porcelain Sparta
2004 Live at La Zona Rosa 3.19.04 Sparta
2004 Nakia Nakia
2005 Stay on My Side Tonight Jimmy Eat World
2005 This Station Is Non-Operational At the Drive-In
2006 Threes Sparta


  • In 2006, the band Sparta created a short film chronicling Tony's experiences in Lebanon as a child. The film is called, Eme Nakia. Eme means mother in Arabic, and Nakia was Tony’s mother's name.

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Tama
Cymbals: Zildjian
Hardware: Tama
Sticks: Vater

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