Drumming ability: Expert
Like to join a band: Yes
, Michael Jackson
, Rolling Stones
, Aretha Franklin
, Led Zeppelin
, Jimi Hendrix
, Chick Corea
, Miles Davis
, Stevie Wonder
, Amy Winehouse
, Vinnie Colaiuta
, John Mayer
, Steely Dan
, John Coltrane
Matt started playing the drums at five years old. Shortly after this he began performing live with different bands and was soon winning various talent competitions across the country. Throughout his primary and secondary school years Matt performed extensively across the UK. He appeared at the Millennium Dome at age 10 and on the BBC1 television programme Blue Peter a year later.
Matt left school at 16 with 10 A*-C GCSEs and enrolled on to Drumtech's one year full time performance diploma course which he graduated from receiving a special achievement award from the Zildjian cymbal company. At 17 Matt enrolled onto the 3 year degree course at the London College of Music where he studied with teachers such as Darryn Farrugia, Elliott Henshaw, Erik Stams and Hadyn Callow. At 20 Matt received first class honours at B.Mus degree level. Following this Matt received a scholarship to continue his studies at the London College of Music and so went on to complete a Masters degree in music performance M.Mus which he passed with merit in the autumn of 2011.
Whilst at university Matt was kept busy with his studies but continued to play live whenever possible. In addition to his university performances at venues such as the 02 Shepherds Bush Empire he also played many other shows including a two week spell of the musical Broke Britannia at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as well as a week long stint of Fame in regional theatre.
In late 2011 Matt began a hotel residency gig in the Warner's hotel Holme Lacy House in Herefordshire. Matt stayed in Hereford with the resident band Shades for over two and a half years. In this time Matt played all kinds of music from ballroom and sequence dancing to motown and pop music, backed cast production shows and played for the various visiting guest entertainers.
Within his period of time working with Shades Matt continued to teach and has to date guided his students through over 80 grade examination with a 100 percent pass rate. On occasions when not playing Matt has also been asked to be the drum technician for other drummers. Matt has done this for such notable drummers as Dave Weckl, John Blackwell, Ian Paice, Ginger Baker, Elliott Henshaw and Gavin Harrison. Matt also continued to develop his craft by studying with the acclaimed drum teacher Bob Armstrong.
Matt has played on a variety of different session recording projects for artists of a range of musical styles. The resultant recordings have gone on to be released in various different formats including Singles, EPs and Albums in various countries around the world.
Matt is now 24 and working as a professional musician. He has also played with various household names such as the chart topping 60s band The Bachelors, comedian Jackie Hoffman and singer Jane Beaumont formerly a member of the 'Stutz Bear Cats' to name but a few.
Most recently Matt returned to England following a contract onboard the six star cruise ship the Seabourn Odyssey cruising the world.
Whenever possible Matt is busy performing in a variety of bands/acts and theatre projects.
Matt is comfortable playing all styles of music, has the ability to play to 'click' and is a highly competent sight reader.