From humble beginnings drumming along to his sister’s piano rendition of the Pink Panther theme tune aged 11 to opening up for Skunk Anansie in Lisbon on the first gig of their 2009 European tour aged 30-something, Matt has had a very diverse musical career. His most recent band, indie-rockers ‘The Chemists’, signed a million-pound recording contract in 2005 with Distiller Records - an independent London-based record label and released their debut album shortly after to much
critical acclaim having earned a formidable reputation on the live circuit supporting such high profile acts as Stereophonics, Skunk Anansie, Feeder, the Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Orson, the Bluetones and the Music.
Matt has most definitely earned his musical stripes, touring extensively all over the UK, Europe, Ireland, Iceland and the USA, performing in festivals and arenas, clubs and bars to many thousands of people.
Along the way he's rubbed shoulders with A-list Hollywood celebrities including Richard E. Grant who starred alongside Matt as a half-man/half-robot character in the music video for the Chemists’ single ‘This City’ and another starring Howard Marks whose life story was portrayed in the film ‘Mr. Nice’. Matt's recorded drums in some of the UK's best studios and worked with some world-class producers including Grammy-winner Adrian Bushby, famed for his work with Muse and the Doves and with Dave Grohl on the last Foo Fighters album.
Matt's music has been featured on primetime national television, including Sky Sports as part of their Premiership football and international rugby highlights programmes and on BBC1 as the theme tune for the Frank Skinner Show. It has also been well received on national radio with numerous plays on Radio 1 and live band performances on Radio 2's the Tom Robinson Show, the Janice Long Show and on 5 live with Gethin Jones.
In Matt's words, "I feel very blessed to have worked with so many talented people over the years, both live and in the studio. I've gained a lot of experience and hope that through the Rock Project I can pass some of that knowledge on. The Rock Project is a fantastic opportunity for young people to not only be taught by highly experienced, professional tutors but also build their confidence by performing regularly each week as part of a rock and pop band. All of this while having a lot of fun in the process, which is what learning and playing a musical instrument should be all about!”