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Matt Chamberlain

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Matt Chamberlain
Born (1967-04-17) April 17, 1967 (age 57)
San Pedro, California, U.S
Years active1988–present
Member ofThe Forest Rangers
WebsiteOfficial website

Matthew Chamberlain (born April 17, 1967) is an American session drummer, record producer and songwriter. He has played with various artists, including Pearl Jam, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, David Bowie, Tori Amos, The Wallflowers, Elton John, Fiona Apple, Bob Dylan, Brandi Carlile, Garbage, Macy Gray, and Soundgarden.



Chamberlain was born in San Pedro, California on April 17, 1967.[1] He began learning how to play the drums at 15 years old, taking lessons with David Garibaldi from the band Tower of Power. He attended North Texas State's music program, leaving after less than a year. After leaving college, he moved to Dallas, Texas and played with multiple bands in the Dallas Deep Ellum music scene .[2]

While in Texas, he joined the band Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, and was the drummer on their album, "Ghost of A Dog."[2][1]

He was the second drummer of the band Pearl Jam and played with them for about three weeks in the summer of 1991. He was in their music video for their song "Alive."[2]

During the 1991 and 1992 season, he was a drummer for the house band of Saturday Night Live.[2][1]

Along with Skerik, Brad Houser and Mike Dillon, he co-created the jazz-fusion band Critters Buggin.[3]

In 2016, 2019 and 2021,[4] he won Modern Drummer magazine's readers poll in the Studio Musician category.[5] In 2014 he filled in for drummer Matt Cameron in Soundgarden. He played over 51 shows with them through South America, Europe and a co-headlining tour with Nine Inch Nails in the United States.

He was the Music Director for More Music at The Moore Theatre Seattle, Washington,[6] in 2019 and 2020.

Chamberlain joined Bob Dylan's Never Ending Tour in 2019 and played on his 2020 release Rough and Rowdy Ways.[7][8]

Selected discography


as leader

  • Matt Chamberlain (Web Of Mimicry, 2005)
  • Company 23 (Independent, 2012)
  • Comet B (Independent, 2016)

with Critters Buggin

  • Guest (Loosegroove, 1994)
  • Host (Loosegroove, 1997)
  • Monkeypot Merganzer (Independent, 1997)
  • Bumpa (Loosegroove, 1998)
  • Amoeba (Loosegroove, 1998)
  • Stampede (Ropeadope, 2004)
  • Live in 95 at the OK Hotel - Seattle 1995 (Independent, 2009)
  • Muti EP (Independent, 2014)

with Floratone (Bill Frisell, Tucker Martine & Lee Townsend)

with Sean Watkins & Matt Chamberlain Duo

  • Sean Watkins & Matt Chamberlain (Self Released, 2020)

with Slow Music Project (Bill Rieflin, Robert Fripp, Peter Buck, Fred Chalenor, Hector Zazou, Matt Chamberlain)

with Painted Shield

  • Painted Shield (Loosegroove, 2020)
  • Painted Shield 2 (Loosegroove, 2022)

as a sideman

with Bob Dylan

with A Perfect Circle

with Amos Lee

with Brandi Carlile

with Perfume Genius

with Brad Mehldau

with Bruce Springsteen

with Jars of Clay

with Shelby Lynne

with Kanye West

with Leonard Cohen

with Chris Cornell

with The Wallflowers

with Chris Isaak

with Stevie Nicks

with David Bowie

with Edie Brickell and New Bohemians

with Elton John

with Fiona Apple

with Frank Ocean

with John Mayer

with Laura Marling

with Mac Miller

with Macy Gray

with Of Montreal

  • False Priest (Polyvinyl, 2010)
  • The Controllersphere (Polyvinyl, 2011)

with Phantogram

with Peter Gabriel

with Randy Newman

with Robbie Williams

with Sara Bareilles

with Sam Phillips

with Rufus Wainwright

with Sean Lennon

with Tori Amos

with Willie Nelson and Miranda Lambert

with The Who

  • Who (Polydor, 2019)

with Lorde

  • Solar Power (Universal Music New Zealand Limited, 2021)

with Amber Arcades

  • Barefoot on Diamond Road (Fire Records, 2023)

with Zola Jesus

  • Arkhon (Sacred Bones Records, 2022)

with Ghost

Movie soundtracks



  1. ^ a b c Corbett, Bernard M.; Harkins, Thomas Edward (2016). "Ride the Wave Where It Takes You". Pearl Jam FAQ: All That's Left to Know About Seattle's Most Enduring Band. Beatback Books. ISBN 978-1-61713-660-3.
  2. ^ a b c d Himmelman, Jeff (March 10, 2016). "25 Songs That Tell Us Where Music Is Going". The New York Times. Retrieved September 6, 2020.
  3. ^ Scanlon, Tom (July 24, 2004). "Drummer to the stars calls Seattle home". The Seattle Times. Retrieved September 6, 2020.
  4. ^ "2021 Readers Poll Results". Moderndrummer.com.
  5. ^ "Modern Drummer's Readers Poll Archive". Modern Drummer. Modern Drummer Publication. Retrieved December 8, 2019.
  6. ^ "More Music @ the Moore - Education & Community Engagement".
  7. ^ Greene, Andy (October 12, 2019). "Hear Bob Dylan Perform 'Lenny Bruce' for First Time in 11 Years". Rolling Stone. Retrieved January 31, 2022.
  8. ^ a b Collette, Doug (July 18, 2020). "Bob Dylan: Rough And Rowdy Ways". All About Jazz. Retrieved January 31, 2022.
  9. ^ Shaffer, Claire (November 9, 2020). "Tori Amos Announces Holiday EP 'Christmastide' Due Out This December". Rolling Stone. Retrieved January 29, 2021.
  10. ^ a b c Renfro, Kim (March 11, 2016). "This rock star drummer goes completely under the radar playing for icons like Kanye West and Elton John". Business Insider. Retrieved September 6, 2020.