Based near Norwich, Norfolk Matt has been playing drums for over ten years, and having passed his Rockschool Grade 8 exam with a distinction at 14 years of age has been gigging extensively since then with a wide range of professional musicians, playing a variety of musical genres. He also teaches the drums on a private basis and in schools. For further information visit his Matt Furness website.
Matt is a competent sight reader and he believes that this is an essential requirement for becoming a successful session drummer as whether you are working in a studio or live the need to read can come up at any time. It is likely to increase the chance of getting a gig, as it could save the artist time and money by reducing the need for extensive rehearsals. All of Matt’s students are taught to read music from the very start.
Although still early in his career the ability to sight read has allowed him to take on reading gigs as a pit musician, on the drums, for theatre productions of Grease, 9 to 5, Hairspray, Little Shop Of Horrors and Priscilla Queen of the Desert. In addition he has performed at functions for professional Championship footballers and extravagant weddings among others, whether in theatres or at private estates.
Matt is a member of the Musician’s Union having Public Liability insurance for his drumming business and is available as a session drummer throughout the UK. In addition, he has a clean updated DBS check in place.
If you are looking to hire Matt for your project please see his online drumming CV for further details.
Please note that currently Matt is not set up yet to provide an online session drumming service.