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Matt Chamberlain


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Matt Chamberlain (born April 17, 1967 in San Pedro, California) is one of the world’s most widely-heard session drummers. Chamberlain began playing drums at the age of 2. He received his first set of drums at age 15, and studied with David Garibaldi, Murray Spivack, Chuck Flores, and Greg Bissonette before being awarded a scholarship to study at North Texas State University three years later. He started playing professionally in the Dallas, Texas Deep Ellum scene in the mid 80’s.

His first prominent gig was with Edie Brickell & New Bohemians where he toured and recorded with them from 1988 until 1991. In 1991 he briefly joined the band Pearl Jam and toured with them before the release of their début album Ten. He can be seen in the band’s first video, “Alive”. After a season in the house band for Saturday Night Live, he moved to Seattle to start the out groove band Critters Buggin which is currently active. He has done some particularly innovative work on combining live and looped drums, often creating loops on the fly and then playing along to them. Matt, who Tori Amos often introduces as “the human loop” at her concerts, is based in Seattle, Washington.

Other notable work includes his contribution to the tours and albums of Tori Amos, Morrissey, Fiona Apple, Christina Aguilera, Critters Buggin, Dido, Sean Lennon, The Master Musicians of Jajouka, Robert Fripp, Jon Brion, David Torn, Indigo Girls, Weapon of Choice, Stone Gossard, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, Tim and Neil Finn


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  • PartySanCTG

    Jesus, I should start a drinking game where I drink every time Matt plays on an album or with a band/artist I like. He's such an omnipresent drummer.

    3 Aug 2011 Reply
  • BluntStep

    AWESOME beats!

    30 Apr 2010 Reply
  • SoapMagic

    Matt and Jon are so underrated. Everyone says "OMG Tori is so amazing!" She is, but you gotta give props to her band too.

    18 Dec 2009 Reply
  • vhtsouza

    Greatest drummer on the planet at the moment? YEP!

    7 Nov 2009 Reply
  • eyeofpesch

    I went to a Tori Amos show... but (somewhat to my surprise) I was much more excited to see Matt up there than Tori! DRUM GOD.

    29 Jul 2009 Reply
  • _KevMusic_

    Greatest drummer on the planet at the moment? Maybe.

    21 Jan 2009 Reply
  • MichaelVader

    Tori Amos was very smart to hire him, as her music really shines with him pushing the beats and loops.

    14 Nov 2008 Reply

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