Matt Chamberlain

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Matt Chamberlain
Born (1967-04-17) April 17, 1967 (age 54)
San Pedro, California, U.S
GenresPop, alternative rock, punk rock, grunge, funk, jazz, electronic
Years active1988–present
LabelsGeffen, Loosegroove, Ropeadope Records, Kufala, Web of Mimicry, Blue Note
WebsiteOfficial website

Matthew Chamberlain (born April 17, 1967) is an American session musician,[1] drummer, producer and songwriter.


Life and career[edit]

Chamberlain was born in San Pedro, California on April 17, 1967.[2] 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, often taking on small gigs.[1]

While in Texas, he was hired to play drums on tour with Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, and he recorded two records with the band before they broke up in 1991.[1][2] At the time of hiring, Chamberlain was living next door to their bass player, Brad Houser.[1]

He was the second drummer of the band Pearl Jam, playing with them for about three weeks in the summer of 1991. He was in their music video for their song, "Alive."[1]

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

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

He has played with David Bowie, Fiona Apple, The Wallflowers, Macy Gray, Natalie Merchant, Tori Amos, Garbage and others.[3]

In 2016, 2019 and 2021 he won Modern Drummer magazine's readers poll in the Studio Musician category.[4] 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. In October 2019, he joined Bob Dylan for his Fall Tour.

He was the Music Director for More Music @ The Moore Theatre Seattle, Washington,[5] in 2019 and 2020.

Chamberlain currently plays Yamaha Drums, Paiste Cymbals, Remo Drumheads and Regal Tip Drumsticks.

Chamberlain is currently the drummer in Bob Dylan's band on his Never Ending Tour and played on his 2020 release Rough and Rowdy Ways.

Selected discography[edit]

As leader

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

With Critters Buggin

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

With Sean Watkins & Matt Chamberlain Duo

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

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 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

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)

Movie soundtracks[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Himmelman, Jeff (March 10, 2016). "25 Songs That Tell Us Where Music Is Going". The New York Times. Retrieved September 6, 2020.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ a b Scanlon, Tom (July 24, 2004). "Drummer to the stars calls Seattle home". The Seattle Times. Retrieved September 6, 2020.
  4. ^ "Modern Drummer's Readers Poll Archive". Modern Drummer. Modern Drummer Publication. Retrieved December 8, 2019.
  5. ^ "More Music @ the Moore - Education & Community Engagement".
  6. ^ Shaffer, Claire (November 9, 2020). "Tori Amos Announces Holiday EP 'Christmastide' Due Out This December". Rolling Stone. Retrieved January 29, 2021.
  7. ^ 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.

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