Matthew McDonough

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Matthew McDonough
Also known as Spüg, sPaG, MjDawn
Born (1969-03-12) March 12, 1969 (age 48)
Origin Peoria, Illinois, US
Occupation(s) Drummer
Instruments Drums, percussion, synthesizer, programming
Years active 1996–Present
Labels Epic
Associated acts Mudvayne, On the Shoulders of Giants, Audiotopsy
Notable instruments
Pearl Drums

Matthew McDonough (born March 12, 1969) is the drummer for metal band Mudvayne. McDonough is the band's original drummer and has appeared and performed on every release by Mudvayne. He holds a respected place in the world of drumming for his signature drumming style.[1][2]


Within Mudvayne, Matthew is the person who was probably the most influential in setting the direction for the concept themes on the band's first two albums. Matthew is also known for composing, recording, mixing, and mastering the electronic interludes on both L.D. 50 and The End of All Things to Come.[3]

For his solo work, Matthew released his first album under the alias "MjDawn" with his cousin David W. McDonough, from southern Connecticut [4] called Frequency Response in 2008.[5] In the album, he is experimenting with acoustic drumming and Electronica. Matthew, as MjDawn, also has several side projects both with ambient/electronica artist Vir Unis under the band name 'MiKroNaught' and with guitarist RFSans under the band name ultrAtheist.[citation needed]

On the production side of the music industry, he is co-owner of the label AtmoWorks together with Vir Unis.

McDonough spent his formative years in Rockford, Illinois, while attending Rockford East High School and as a member of the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps. Matt was previously in a band called On the shoulders of giants and is currently in the band Audiotopsy with former Mudvayne guitarist Greg Tribbett.


He uses Pearl Drums, Alchemy Cymbals, Easton Ahead Signature Drum sticks, Easton Ahead Drum Gloves and Evans Drum heads. His Pearl Masterworks Kit with custom Tobacco Fade Finish and custom Satin Chrome Hardware :

  • 20x16 Bass Drum
  • 13x8 Custom Snare Drum
  • 8x7 tom (suspended directly on top of his 10x8 tom)
  • 10x8 tom
  • 12x9 tom
  • 14x10 tom
  • 16x16 Suspended floor tom
  • 18x16 suspended floor tom (to his left)


  1. ^ "Getting Lost And Found With Mudvayne on". 2005-05-23. Retrieved 2011-08-06. 
  2. ^ "Interview With Matt McDonough of Mudvayne". Sick Drummer Magazine. 2009-12-30. Retrieved 2011-08-06. 
  3. ^ " Bio - Matt McDonough aka MJ Dawn a.k.a steppzRus.". Retrieved 2011-08-06. 
  4. ^ US. "MjDawn | Gratis muziek, tourneedata, foto's, video's". Retrieved 2011-08-06. 
  5. ^ [1][dead link]