Matt Johnson

Session Drummer

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107 Reviews (97 Verified)
Matt Johnson on SoundBetter

From recording the seminal cult-creating album Grace with Jeff Buckley to years of touring with the beloved St. Vincent, I've worked with a wide spectrum of artists over the past two decades including Rufus Wainwright, Angus and Julia Stone, and recently Miike Snow.

I'm originally from Texas but living in New York City opened up the most opportunities for developing a drumming career. I've recorded and played with Rhodes, Jade Bird, Teddy Thompson, Jeff Taylor, John Mayer, Dan Mangan, Dean Wareham of Galaxy 500, Tal Wilkenfeld, Will Stratton, Elysian Fields, Cones, Dope Lemon, Martha Wainwright, The Walking Who, Gabriel Kahane, Chris Stills, Anna Calvi, Duncan Sheik, Vivian Bond, Harper Simon, Keren Ann, Gerry Leonard, Reeves Gabrels, Tom Freund, Beth Orton, Suzanne Vega, Rickie Lee Jones and Miirrors.

I have also have worked with great producers such as Marius Devries, Rick Rubin, Simone Felice, Andy Wallace, Eric J, Andrew Wyatt, John Agnello, John Alagia, Thomas Bartlett, Tony Buchen, Tony Visconti, Tony Berg, Ben Harper, Hod David, and Kieran Kelly.

Moving successively from NYC to Los Angeles, and then to Austin has allowed for an expanded studio setup that is ideal for remote recording. Signature drum parts, rhythmic hooks, hypnotic patterns, contrasting textures, and heavy grooves have always been my passion.

I'm looking forward to creative interfacing with great musical minds, either in person or across the world!

I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.

Credits

AllMusic verified credits for Matt Johnson
  • Hey, King!
  • Angus & Julia Stone
  • Angus & Julia Stone
  • Will Stratton
  • Jade Bird
  • Jade Bird
  • Jeff Buckley
  • 54-40
  • Dan Mangan
  • Dan Mangan
  • Jane Lynch
  • Jane Lynch
  • Buenos Diaz
  • Buenos Diaz
  • Angus & Julia Stone
  • Angus & Julia Stone
  • Hamish Anderson
  • Hamish Anderson
  • Angus Stone
  • Angus Stone
  • Angus Stone
  • Pat Boone
  • Lia Ices
  • The Damnwells
  • The Damnwells
  • Jeff Buckley
  • Jeff Buckley
  • Jeff Buckley
  • Tony Guerrero
  • Debi Nova
  • Will James
  • Mary Flower
  • Mary Flower
  • Jeff Buckley
  • Jeff Buckley
  • Jeff Buckley
  • Rufus Wainwright
  • Rufus Wainwright
  • Rufus Wainwright
  • Soname
  • The Blues Gangsters
  • The Blues Gangsters
  • Teddy Thompson
  • Leon Jean-Marie
  • Apache
  • Apache
  • Apache
  • Amazon Dart
  • Martha Wainwright
  • The Out_Circuit
  • The Out_Circuit
  • The Heavy Circles
  • The Mighty Orq
  • Dean & Britta
  • Duncan Sheik
  • Duncan Sheik
  • Jon Regen
  • People Noise
  • David August
  • David August
  • Anne Loo
  • Anne Loo
  • Rufus Wainwright
  • Rufus Wainwright
  • Rufus Wainwright
  • Rufus Wainwright
  • Rocky Roberts
  • Jeff Buckley
  • Jeff Buckley
  • Jeremy Enigk
  • Jeremy Enigk
  • Dana Parish
  • Dana Parish
  • Dana Parish
  • Mandy Moore
  • Mandy Moore
  • Mandy Moore
  • Duncan Sheik
  • Duncan Sheik
  • Chris Stills
  • Chris Stills
  • Jeremy Enigk
  • Shane Gamble
  • Shyne Factory
  • Shyne Factory
  • Shyne Factory
  • Tristan Prettyman
  • Jeff Buckley
  • Jeff Buckley
  • Jeff Buckley
  • Jeff Buckley
  • Kate & Anna McGarrigle
  • Tristan Prettyman
  • Tristan Prettyman
  • Tristan Prettyman
  • Suffering and the Hideous Thieves
  • The Profits
  • The Profits
  • Rufus Wainwright
  • Josh Kelley
  • Dean & Britta
  • Dean & Britta
  • Beth Orton
  • Lori Andrews
  • Speedloader
  • Die Symphony
  • Rufus Wainwright
  • Beth Orton
  • Tess Wiley
  • Jeff Buckley
  • Jeff Buckley
  • Jeff Buckley
  • Jeff Buckley
  • Jeff Buckley
  • Jeff Buckley
  • Jeff Buckley
  • Duncan Sheik
  • Duncan Sheik
  • Suzanne Vega
  • Jeff Buckley
  • Jeff Buckley
  • Tim Finn
  • Susan McKeown
  • Robin Spielberg
  • Cathie Ryan
  • Duncan Sheik
  • Tom Freund
  • Morley
  • Seedy Arkhestra
  • Shyne Factory
  • Shyne Factory
  • Shyne Factory
  • Shyne Factory
  • Shyne Factory
  • Tom Kubis Big Band
  • Jeff Buckley
  • Jeff Buckley
  • Jeff Buckley
  • Jeff Buckley
  • Jeff Buckley
  • Tom Kubis
  • Tom Kubis Big Band
  • Trudy Lynn
  • Matt and Kim
  • Max Johnston
  • Negative Press Project
  • 54-40
  • Diana Demuth
  • Sarah de Bono
  • Dope Lemon
  • Old Blood

107 Reviews - 26 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by GREG S.
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    Matt is the best! Unbelievable intuition in his playing and parts, and his drum tones are killer. Such a pleasure to mix his tracks. And OMG, to work with the guy that played drums on the Grace album. Wow.

  2. Review by Matthew B.
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    Matt did an amazing job dialing in exactly the right sounds for the drums. Fast, professional, and with attention to detail, Matt delivered another great set of tracks, breathing life into the song.

  3. Review by Geoff W.
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    It's a real pleasure working with Matt. Once again he brought exactly what was needed to the song. His playing is superb and he gets wonderful tone out of the drums. Highly recommended.

  4. Review by Man T.
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    Fabulous! Matt was easy to work with and he had the right feeling for what I wanted. Apart from that, the whole process went super quickly. Thanks so much!

  5. Review by Sean H.
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    Unbelievable musician. Always has a great feel of what to play and a creative approach. Has saved my ass on songs multiple times. Owe him a significant number of beers next time we cross paths in real life. Could not have done it without Matt! Such a blessing and great experience.

    Recording quality was great and he usually sends back around ~20 tracks with everything you need. Sometimes he even breaks out a 2nd kit with different tones depending on the feel of the song. Highly recommended.

  6. Review by Josiah M.
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    Matt did an amazing job on my song. I provided some pretty difficult constraints and received an extremely thoughtful performance that took into account all of the other instrumentation (which was already finalized). Will definitely hire Matt again!

  7. Review by John L.
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    Matt Johnson will check all of your boxes. He’s prompt, communicates well, experienced, and delivers great sounding work. All good things, but honestly, that's not why I like working with him. I work him because Matt brings a lifetime of passion for music into every song he plays and you can hear it. No matter how meager or ambitious your project may be, he will approach your songs with that same level of care, heart, and soul.

  8. Review by Elyssa V.
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    Great professionalism, speed, accuracy and communication. The work carried out fit the request and I am very happy with the result. Matt was easy to work with and I am impressed how fast the turnaround was.

  9. Review by Anthony M.
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    I am lost for words to describe the quality of work that Matt delivers.
    His turn around time is unbelievably fast, and his professionalism is second to none. He goes the extra mile to give options for your production. Absolute legend. Highly recommended!

  10. Review by Geoff W.
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    Matt did an amazing job! He is a outstanding drummer and artist who puts a great deal of thought and energy into finding the parts that will bring the most out of the song. It was a wonderful experience to work with him. Highly recommended!

  11. Review by Jeremy Serwer
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    Having the opportunity to work with Matt was an immediate reaction of YES! He is all the things you need in a drummer and he provides a wide range of sounds using two kits and percussion on both the songs we tracked! Matt is truly a chameleon but also has a signature touch to his playing. Best experience I've had yet on Soundbetter and the others were still top notch!

  12. Review by billypeake
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    Matt has impeccable chops and great taste. And he treats every project with care. I really appreciate him!

  13. Review by GREG S.
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    Matt is a true pro. It is an honor to work with him. I'm so happy with the tracks he did for me. Very easy to work with and went the extra mile. The drum sounds are the fantastic. I hope to work with Matt again!

  14. Review by forcis
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    Really happy with the drum tracks. Excellent quality, and very creative. Really expanded the music. Matt was very helpful.

  15. Review by Paul K.
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    It was an absolute pleasure working with Matt as he is creative, articulate, and a master on the drum kit. The process could not have been any smoother and my partner and I look forward to working with him again soon.

  16. Review by Jonathan R.
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    A true professional dedicated and very talented drummer with a very broad resume. He delivered several takes, then had a revision, took every remark in consideration and delivered a great performance. 100% recommended!

  17. Review by Keith Longo
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    Matt is awesome. He is an absolute pro and his attention to detail reflects that. Matt delivered tracks for me that were exactly what I asked for. He is not only a great drummer but clearly works to serve the song and has a great mind for music. Highly recommend working with Matt!

  18. Review by Anthony M.
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    Fantastic drummer, a real pleasure to work with.

    Thank you so much!

  19. Review by Ethan G.
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    Matt is one of those ideal musicians who combines thoughtfulness and feeling. A thinking man's drummer, with great communication, but someone who understands vibe too when it comes to the music making. He put a lot of care into the sounds as well as the way his rhythm works with the song he played on. Highly recommended.

  20. Review by Matthew B.
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    Matt was amazing to work with. Besides being an incredible drummer, he is professional, communicates well, and really invests in your song. His drums really brought the song alive. Highly recommend.

  21. Review by Sara K.
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    Matt is awesome! I gave him an idea and he truly brought the drums to life. Great communication and a great musician. I highly recommend working with Matt!

  22. Review by Anitha G.
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    Matt's work has been a true enrichment. He absolutely proved his ability to not only creatively translate the contrasting and changing nature of the song, but also especially revealed the power of his emotional translation. I can highly recommend a collaboration!

  23. Review by Michael M.
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    It was great working with Matt. The drums sound wonderful on the track. Matt took the time to discuss the drum parts and the recording requirements. Everything was spot on.

  24. Review by Charlie W.
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    matt did a fantastic job!

  25. Review by Zefan G.
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    Super friendly and professional musician! Matt gave me tons of options, and really fast responds, look forward to work with him again!

  26. Review by Roman Zajats
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    Matt is The Dude, great drumming, great guy, easy to work with ! Keep working together !

  27. Review by Luke E.
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    Once again, Matt has dropped the funkiest beats under the sun. He's simply the best. Super fast turnaround and impeccable playing, sounds, and musicianship.

  28. Review by Ben T.
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    Just over the moon again with every aspect of Matt's approach. Can't recommend him highly enough.

  29. Review by Jaron N.
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    Matt was excellent to work with! His playing and attention to detail was incredible. It was a pleasure to work with him, and I look forward to working with him again.

  30. Review by Kurtis S.
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    Probably the best drummer on the this site!

  31. Review by Jeff May
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    Another great track with Matt. Best drummer on soundbetter (imo) .

  32. Review by Ryan T.
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    Matt was a pleasure to work with, and a true talent. He is incredibly dedicated to getting the track just right -- I'm looking forward to working with him again!

  33. Review by Ben T.
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    Matt's level of musicianship is as good as it gets. The aspect of his approach that resonated the most for me is his unique intuition on how to deploy the right treatment to serve the tune. The engineering side of his work is unbelievable too. An impeccable choice of mics coupled with a majestic room sound. An absolute honor to work with such a truly great and gifted individual. 

  34. Review by ian c.
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    Matt Johnson has shaped my life in many ways through his work it has been an honor and a dream come true working with such a professional. I showed him my songs and he instantly understood how i would like for them to feel, I can not emphasize how talented he is. The quality of the mics is very clean and you can hear a lot of the passion he puts forth into his playing.

  35. Review by Native
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    Matt's drumming and recording is just off the charts and incredible.
    Couldn't have wished for anything better.
    Fits the track perfect and is even better than I could've imagined.

    Thank You!

  36. Review by Sara T.
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    Matt's intuition, quick feedback & organic creations hit right in the heart! It's been a pleasure.

  37. Review by Connor S.
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    Matt is always amazing to work with. Great communication and really takes the time to get to know the song. Can't wait to work with him again!

  38. Review by Jeff May
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    Musicians like Matt are the reason soundbetter is great, World class musicians playing on our little songs. I'll drink to that!

  39. Review by AJ Rivlin
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    Matt did a great job putting drums on one of my tunes. He even placed the mics differently to match the 50's style vibe of the tune. Very tastefully played and recorded. Will totally ask for his help on drums again.

  40. Review by Seymour
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    Matt was great to work with. He figured out what I was looking for and delivered high quality tracks. Highly recommended!

  41. Review by Kevin G.
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    Matt is excellent. I cannot recommend him or his great work highly enough.

    He provided everything I asked for and more -- he is professional, skilled and expeditious.

  42. Review by Thomas X.
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    Incredible experience. Such a pleasure. This dude is top notch! Easy to work with, likes notes and feedback. Drums sound like thor in a thunderstorm! BOOM.

  43. Review by J Shark Soundlab
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    Matt just sent me another perfectly thought out drum track for my song. Don't hesitate to ask this man for percussion help! A true pro.

  44. Review by Luke E.
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    Matt has done it again. He is such a creative musician and always comes through with the right drum part for the song. He goes the extra mile to ensure the track is sounding just right. Matt is the best. Such a great guy too.

  45. Review by Imraan K.
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    Another job well done by Matty! the speed of delivering back files to me was super efficient! his creative touch and impact towards the composition is also incredible. Thanks Matt!

  46. Review by Tess H.
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    Matt is the best! Really easy person to work with, and is a real expert on the kit. Makes our home productions have so much more vibe. Can’t thank you enough Matt, you’ve added so much to this record! - @bastianhues

  47. Review by Roman Zajats
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    Great work with Matt . Nice communication, in time, and Matt is right song drumming, not just a beat, but working with the song melody and mood. Highly recommend !

  48. Review by Luke E.
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    Matt is simply amazing to work with in every possible way. We've done a bunch of tracks together and it's always top notch.

  49. Review by Travis C.
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    Another awesome job by Matt! High quality recordings with lots of great options for drum parts, highly recommend!

  50. Review by Tom M.
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    Highly recommend! Matt is very responsive, professional with great attention to detail. Super happy about the quality of work and service and if you're considering booking a session with him - all I can say is that life's too short to wait for that perfect moment.
    Make it happen, hire Matt!

  51. Review by Joshua M.
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    Working with Matt has been a true pleasure. He immediately grasped the feel of my song, and didn't hesitate to dive in and write a part — I offered him little direction, just the creative freedom to do what he does best. I'm here to find collaborators, and he was top notch. High quality recordings, delivered on time, logically organized, with really great notes on how to use them all. Looking forward to working together again.

  52. Review by Luke E.
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    Once again, Matt delivered big time. He went way above and beyond throughout the process. His feel is insanely good and his understanding of dynamics and musicianship is beyond. You can't go wrong with Matt.

  53. Review by Imraan K.
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    Matty went above and beyond to understand what I was looking for. Communicating with him felt as if I knew him from way before and he was totally on the same wavelength. His strengths include using intuition to enter the song's inner matrix and delivering an excellent performance. He is passionate, professional, and willing to go the extra mile. I really loved what he did on my project and the process of working with him. I would love to work more with him and I recommend him to all.

  54. Review by Luke E.
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    Matt is truly an awesome musician and amazing drummer. He's done a few songs for me and I've been completely blown away with the results every time.

  55. Review by aric c.
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    Another great track by Matt! Thank you brother!

  56. Review by Jeff May
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    Great to work with Matt, He always come up with something special, hope to work with him in the future.

  57. Review by Connor S.
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    Matt did an absolutely amazing job with our song. He went above and beyond to get the best takes and sound to fit the song, turnaround was really quick and communication was great. Matt is a true pro and you can trust that he'll take your project to the next level!

  58. Review by J Shark Soundlab
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    I just hired Matt for a second time and I couldn’t be happier. His musical intuition is spot on and he clearly cares about serving the song in the best way possible. 10/10 once again.

  59. Review by Per H.
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    It was a pleasure working with Matt on my project. He went above and beyond providing me with excellent, tasteful drum tracks in a timely and efficient manner. I highly recommend Matt and hope to work with him again.

  60. Review by billypeake
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    I’ve loved Matt’s work for 25 years. Working on a song with him was equally gratifying. He was gracious and encouraging, served the song with perfect parts and did so in a few days time. He’s a badass. I got goosebumps from the tracks he sent me.

  61. Review by J Shark Soundlab
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    Matt had a lightning fast response and turnaround time. I’m very excited to have his drums on my song. I couldn’t recommend his work more.

  62. Review by Glen S.
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    Matt is a true professional. His response time exceeded all expectations. He took the time to send all of his high quality stems in an organized fashion, properly labeled, easy to decipher, with lots of head room for me to be able to mix it in a way that fits my song. I would choose Matt for projects in the future without hesitation. Thank you, Matt. Stay well!

  63. Review by EchoFarm
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    I've worked with many musicians on SoundBetter, and I have to say Matt has to be the most impressive yet! He was unbelievably professional and responsive (delivered my tracks within a day - much earlier that we had discussed). The tracks were beautifully recorded, and perfectly represented the references I gave him (and wonderfully organized (including samples!)). From a technical standpoint, the drumming was a beautiful mix of beat, fee and creativityl. Can't wait for our next project!

  64. Review by Marius F.
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    Don't hesitate to contact this guy! Although he has big names on his CV, he is very down to earth, friendly and a pleasure to work with. Had a song with pre programmed drums, wich he replicated perfectly, and the recordings are of fantastic quality. He even added various percussions on top of it as a bonus. Looking forward to record more songs with him.

  65. Review by Joey F.
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    I've worked with Matt on many songs now and will continue to do so for future ones. He always comes up with creative takes and great sounding recordings!

  66. Review by Luke E.
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    Matt is amazing. He nailed the feel I was going for and gave me multiple options to choose from. Easy to work with and super fast. His drum sounds are perfect.

  67. Review by Dean R.
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    Matt's skill, humility, attention to detail and desire to nail the right performance and sound are second to none. A pleasure to work with. Matt is a true professional and crafter of groove and tone. Work with him!

  68. Review by Sean H.
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    Matt Johnson was a Godsend.

    He provided multiple takes where he saw fit (giving a wide swath of timbre from which to choose), and I rarely needed to guide him outside of sending him the stems.

    His feel was remarkable, and inspired me when finalizing the songs. His energy helped take my vocal takes to another level.

    Never felt I had to ask for a revision, but when my producer & co-writer did, he was happy to oblige without fuss.

    A fucking rockstar & professional. Can't wait for next time!

  69. Review by Nicolas F.
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    Matt is an awesome human being and a genius drummer. He was quick to respond, understood perfectly where the track was going and made awesome suggestions that made the song sound stellar. He also provided us with several takes and he generally made my life super easy. Definitely recommend Matt. Best remote drumming experience ever. Thank you Matt!

  70. Review by aric c.
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    Matt delivered another fabulous drum track. Fantastic sounds and fantastic drumming! Turnaround time since sending Matt the track was 1 day. Thank you for your pro service Matt!

  71. Review by aric c.
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    The real deal! Pro work ethic, pro drumming, pro tracks, Matt gave us a lot of choices to sort through and they’re all great. Fantastic drumming and fantastic sounds! Thanks Matty!

  72. Review by Eight.Two
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    Working with MJ was all on point and to the point. His ability to play to the song blew me away, it's stunning! Listening back to what he just did, I'm smiling uncontrollably, and this is coming from someone who has has barely cracked a smile in weeks. He made everything he touched effortless for me, and the results show his musical insight, not him showing off what he can do, but rather they are 100% exactly what the track needs, the joy of working with him is palpable. Five stars ain't enough!

  73. Review by Dean R.
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    Great sound, great energy, great interpretation and great willingness to adapt and deliver. Use Matt for your project!

  74. Review by Dean R.
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    Wow. I'm still reeling, Matt has delivered everything I could have hoped for; Brilliant sounding tracks with everything I could ever need for mixing, quick turnaround, an exceptional performance and an innate understanding of what I was after/what the song needed. I have no hesitation in recommending his work and look forward to working with him again. Brilliant stuff!

  75. Review by Michael B.
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    Matt was great, as expected, and very quick and professional. Provided a ton of extra percussion and options and was really focused on getting the right vibe for the song.

  76. Review by Tessa B.
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    True to his word, Matt is incredible to work with. He delivers tracks fast without compromising on feeling or cutting any corners. We have completed three tracks so far and have had some great conversations along the way where we exchanged ideas and discussed sections in detail which I have found invaluable. The drum tracks are rich with layers and variations of percussion to play with. Thanks again, Matt, it’s been an honour to work with you.

  77. Review by Linus Fenton
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    Matt's drumming is unique, powerful, emotional and legendary. I'm so proud to have Matt on my record - his musicality is inspiring beyond belief. He delivered quickly and his communication was clear.

  78. Review by JS
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    What can I say that hasn't already been said? Matt is an incredible drummer. I can't tell you what an honor it was to have him play on my songs. I've been listening to him for 20 years. He playing brought added breadth and dimension to each of my songs and helped to make the compositions pop. His kit also sounds amazing. Great recordings. Professionalism. An artist's commitment to the endeavor at hand. Humility. Matt, you are the GOAT!

  79. Review by Tess H.
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    Really impressed with the quality of the recordings, the performance, professionalism and the quick service! Thanks Matt! :)

  80. Review by Matt
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    Matt is a legend. Delivers tracks fast, and always on point. Can't go wrong. Easy to work with.

  81. Review by Joe Marson
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    Matt Johnson is a legend. So stoked he played on one of my tracks. The drums he laid down make the song. I highly highly recommend!

  82. Review by Astro James
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    Matt is professional, efficient and delivers high quality recordings and a beautiful performance on your song. He'll play exactly what your song needs. He has great feel and his playing is in the pocket and extremely precise. If you need an outstanding session drummer Matt is the guy!

  83. Review by Ben G.
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    This is the second track I've had Matt play on and just like the first, he really made it better in every aspect. His ideas on how to technically make it work, creative input and of course his kit just sounds so good. You will be lucky have him on your track!

  84. Review by Kurtis S.
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    Pro Level! Matt is an excellent musician! Thank you Matt

  85. Review by Ben G.
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    Rich warm sounds, effortless sounding groove, friendly and professional and a résumé to rival the greats!
    I cannot believe I even had the opportunity to work Matt on my EP. His history speaks for itself (Jeff Buckley's Grace), and his playing is thoughtful, dynamic and musical. Highly Recommended!

  86. Review by Chris Garcia
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    Great sounds great vibe total pro and gave me extra percussion. Dream drummer!

  87. Review by Joey F.
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    I've worked with Matt on multiple songs now and plan to work on more with him. He's truly an incredible drummer and consistently comes up with awesome parts that enhance the song. The stems he provides are super well recorded and his drums sound great.

    I look forward to the next track!!

  88. Review by Christian D.
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    Matt delivered 9 tracks of awesome sound live drums and percussion. He is quick to deliver and a true professional. I think I only had 2 revisions over all, most takes he nailed first try. He will give you beautiful sounding drums that fit the song perfectly and gives you a wide arrange of every mic choice you could ever need to create the perfect drum mix. Highly recommended, Thanks Matt!

  89. Review by Andreas Hedlund
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    Matt is the man who understands what your song need and the drumrecordings he does are really well recorded.

  90. Review by Hayden S.
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    Matt delivered a really well played drum track, played perfectly for the track. Very professional and delivered in a timely manner. Matt provides more then enough tracks for mixing purposes, real pro would recommend to anyone.

  91. Review by koko
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    i would very much recommended Matt!! He works really fast ,easy to comunicate and delivered a great work!! im very satisfied and will definately work with him again

  92. Review by Joey F.
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    Matt keeps coming up with inspiring drum tracks that are recorded superbly. He really grasps the vibe of the song and drives it forward with creative and fitting drums!

  93. Review by Hommie G.
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    Matt is a great professional. We had a talk, explained what I needed and we came to an agreement. After that I only got happier and my music is sounding great with his drumming! The guy is a find!

  94. Review by Travis C.
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    Matt does it again! We sent two songs that called for two very different approaches. Matt quickly delivered crisp parts that work perfectly and elevate our songs to a new level.

  95. Review by Joey F.
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    Matt was great to work with. He came up with a pretty incredible drum part for a song I wrote. The drum tones were also really cool and fitting of the song.

    Super happy with how it came out!

  96. Review by Travis C.
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    Matt nailed it! We provided a demo of an original song, a couple reference tracks and some general things that we like. Matt promptly delivered a sizable collection of pristine tracks, professionally recorded with plenty of mic options to work with in mixing. Our song was a bit unconventional and did not call for a basic backing beat. Matt perfectly captured the vibe of our song, and even managed to add some gold that we didn't even know we wanted. Super pro!

  97. Review by David H.
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    Being a massive Jeff Buckley fan, it was truly an honor to work with Matt. And while my song is certainly no “Eternal Life,” Matt handled it with respect and delivered his drum tracks quickly. I’ve performed this song live with another drummer, and Matt came up with cool creative takes I’d never have even thought of. Thanks, Matt!

  98. Review by Chris Knudson
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    Matt's awesome. And his solo records are killer too (personal favorite track "Lay Down" from his 2009 album Cagefighter). I hired him to lay down basics with a local bassist in Chicago at Shirk Studios for the Kanude "Colors" album (2017) and he nailed it, of course. I look forward to working with him again in the future!

  99. Review by Cecilia Della Peruti
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    Wow I can’t believe Matt Johnson is blessing the community. Unbelievably talented drummer and musician I got to play with briefly in a fun pop project. Get it Matt!! You guys have no idea.

  100. Review by Michael R.
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    Matt is simply the best. Incredible musician, a wealth of technical and creative engineering knowledge, and most importantly, an amazing person. I've been working with Matt for several years, and am always impressed and inspired by his work. Getting your drum stems from Matt is like being 7 years old and unwrapping your Christmas gift.

  101. Review by Tessa B.
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    True to his word, Matt is great to work with. As well as being extremely friendly, he works fast without cutting any corners. I requested his expertise for a track that just needed more lift and I'm completely thrilled with the final result.

  102. Review by Jeff May
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    Having Matt play really brought something spacial to my tracks. He's recorded on so many classic albums and he brings this experience and his unique style with him as well as sonically high quality recordings... Do yourself a favour.

  103. Review by Andreas Hedlund
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    Matt has been a pleasure to work with. His work is excellent, and his knowledge is very impressive. Everything he does including interviews on youtube channels really shows where is heart and mind are at. I would recommend Matt to anyone who wants to work with a true professional who has amazing drums skills and know-how to play the drums on recordings. Very excited to work with him on more stuff. He has played with so many artists like Beth Orton and as the Beth Orton fan I am, it was so cool to have him play on one of my songs.

  104. Review by Andreas Hedlund
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    Matt has been a pleasure to work with. His work is excellent, and his knowledge is very impressive. Everything he does including interviews on youtube channels really shows where is heart and mind are at. I would recommend Matt to anyone who wants to work with a true professional who has amazing drums skills and know-how to play the drums on recordings. Very excited to work with him on more stuff. He has played with so many artists like Beth Orton and as the Beth Orton fan I am, it was so cool to have him play on one of my songs.

  105. Review by Andreas Hedlund
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    Matt has been a pleasure to work with. His work is excellent, and his knowledge is very impressive. Everything he does including interviews on youtube channels really shows where is heart and mind are at. I would recommend Matt to anyone who wants to work with a true professional who has amazing drums skills and know-how to play the drums on recordings. Very excited to work with him on more stuff. He has played with so many artists like Beth Orton and as the Beth Orton fan I am, it was so cool to have him play on one of my songs.

  106. Review by Rob Calder
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    I’ve been very lucky to work with Matt on a few projects. He’s not only creative, and rock solid, he deeply cares about your project sounding the very best he can make it sound. And to be sure, it will be unique. You won’t regret hiring Matt.

  107. Review by Eric J
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    Matt Johnson is the most creative drummer I’ve ever worked with. He approaches every song with a unique perspective and always makes sure that his parts are elevating the track

Interview with Matt Johnson

  1. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  2. A: Jade Bird touring before Covid. Lots of recording on lockdown

  3. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  4. A: all. why not?

  5. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  6. A: professionalism

  7. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  8. A: music

  9. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  10. A: It's easy

  11. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  12. A: Do you have reference music that could point to relevant sounds and approach?

  13. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  14. A: Have your tracks ready. know what you want.

  15. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  16. A: Kick snare hat floor cymbal

  17. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  18. A: Drumming, recording, touring, songwriting, production. 40 years

  19. Q: How would you describe your style?

  20. A: Dynamic and hypnotic

  21. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  22. A: Listen and commit

  23. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  24. A: Beautiful

  25. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  26. A: Intuition

  27. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  28. A: Inspired insight

  29. Q: What's your typical work process?

  30. A: Concise and colorful charting of compositions on iPad using visual art app. I move over to practicing and doing preliminary recordings wherein I mock up what I intend to do, listening back for perspective. Sleep. Then I go in for the master takes, usually shedding charts and the prep mentality, using intuition and inspiration to summon the forces.

  31. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  32. A: Rupert Neve Designs, Great River, API mic pres. Some tape emulators for crunch. Soyuz tube condensers, AEA big ribbon, sE, various dynamic mics like SM7, RE20, 201

  33. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  34. A: Debussy Metallica Tame Impala L Subramaniam PJ Harvey

  35. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  36. A: Commonly I work with artists and producers, providing drum tracks according to a wide spectrum of sounds and musical approaches. From atmospheric coloration and textures to driving grooves of all sorts, generally I come up with rhythmic signatures or hooks that contribute to the impact of a composition.

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Gear Highlights
  • Rupert Neve Designs
  • API
  • Great River
  • Soyuz Tube Condensers
  • Universal Audio Apollo
  • Shure
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