Matt is a passionate Brisbane based drum teacher and accomplished performer with over 20 years of playing knowledge and 15 years of teaching experience under his belt. Picking up his first set of sticks when he was 8 years old after learning classical piano for many years, Matt started to teach drums at the ripe old age of 16 and hasn’t looked back since. Completing all four AMEB CPM Drum Kit examinations before finishing his HSC, Matts passion for teaching led him to Brisbane where he completed a Bachelor of Entertainment Business Management (2014) at JMC Academy; opting to learn the music business world whilst continuing to teach drums and tour Australia. Studying under Ross Moulle (Bee Gee’s) and Grant Reekman (Independent) in his formative drum years, Matt has a firm understanding of the importance of creativity and fluidity as well as a solid appreciation for precision and technical ability. Drawing on this wealth of knowledge, Matt has written two teaching manuals for beginner to intermediate players – placing equal importance on both improvisation and traditional structured reading and has a third well on the way for advanced players. In 2021, Matt’s teaching accomplishments were recognised by QMTA by being awarded with their highest level of professional membership and has a weekly roster of over 75 students.
As a player, Matt has toured extensively throughout Australia and New Zealand both as a session musician and with his own bands. Having shared the stage with acts such as Stan Walker and Short Stack plus a number of international touring bands including Switchfoot and Silverstein, Matt promotes a relaxed yet passionate approach to live performance. Matt’s latest independent album “Mr. Spaceman” (2017) from his current band ‘Young Lions’ was met with critical acclaim worldwide, earning an iTunes Global Top #3 slot, #3 on Australian Independent album charts as well as rotation on Australian, UK and American radio and air-time with Channel 9, including features on the TODAY show and JJJ. Matt is continuing to expand his horizons this year with headline Australian tours with Young Lions, national main support and releasing his 4th studio album.