Matt Chamberlain -Bio
Drummer,songwriter,and producer Matt Chamberlain is an in demand performer and studio musician whose eclectic talents found him working in various genres from rock to classical, jazz, and the avant-garde. Having grown up in the Los Angeles area he studied with Independence with Chuck Flores, Hand Technique with Murray Spivack, groove concepts with David Garabaldi, Gregg Bissonette, Mark Craney and Chad Wackerman before getting a full Scholarship to study music at The University or North Texas. After College Chamberlain started playing in the mid 80’s Deep Ellum scene in Dallas where he joined Edie Brickell and New Bohemians. He then moved to NYC and spent a season with the Saturday Night Live Band from 1991 to 1992. After leaving SNL, Chamberlain based himself out of Seattle and embarked on a fruitful career as a gun for hire. He has racked up an impressive list of credits appearing on albums/tours by David Bowie, Fiona Apple, The Master Muscians of Jajouka, Soundgarden, Bill Frisell, Robert Fripp, Tori Amos, Morrissey, Phantogram, Pearl Jam, Kanye West, Bruce Springsteen, The Wallflowers,A Perfect Circle, Willie Nelson, Frank Ocean, Elton John, Brad Mehldau, Randy Newman, Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban, Stevie Nicks, Sheryl Crow, and many others, as well as soundtrack work with Hans Zimmer, Marco Beltrami, Jóhann Jóhannsson and Jon Brion. Along with his freelance work, Chamberlain has kept busy with his own projects, including founding the genre-bending instrumental outfit Critters Buggin’ with saxophonist Skerik, bassist Brad Houser, and vibraphonist/percussionist Mike Dillion.
In 2005, he made his solo debut with the eponymous Matt Chamberlain album on Trey Spruance’s Web Of Mimicry label. He then helped to create Floratone with guitarist Bill Frisell and made 2007’s Floratone 1 and Floratone 2 in 2012. In 2012 he also released his follow up solo record, Company 23 on his own Yanki Arc Record Label. Chamberlain was also a founding member of the Improvisational group-“The Slow Music Project” with Bill Rieflin (Keyboards,Electronic drums), Robert Fripp (Guitar), Peter Buck (Guitar), Hector Zazou (synths) and Fred Chalenor on bass. Chamberlain then paired with pianist Brian Haas for the 2013 album Frames, which showcased the duo’s genre-straddling mix of instrumental jazz, avant grade classical music, and experimental rock. In 2016 Chamberlain and Haas returned with their second collaboration, Prometheus Risen. In 2016 Chamberlain also released his third solo record, Comet B on his own Yanki Arc Records.