Matt Young is a multi-award winning drummer, composer, and educator based out of Denton, TX.
Matt spent his formative years growing up in Marietta, GA, a town just outside of Atlanta. It was there he met many influential people in his life; two of which were Justin Varnes and Dr. Gordon Vernick, professors at Georgia State University. Atlanta is where Matt's love of music was cultivated to a life-long path of discovery. After high school, he moved to Texas to further his studies with Ed Soph at the University of North Texas.
Upon arriving at The University of North Texas for undergraduate studies, Matt was asked to join Grammy-Winning Artist Bob Belden's, Animation, with Tim Hagans. Animation released Transparent Heart and Machine Language (feat. Bill Laswell and Kurt Elling) on RareNoise Records based in the UK. Both records received acclaim from publications such as JazzTimes, Jazzwise, and Downbeat Magazine. In the Summer of 2014, Matt was invited to be a part of the Ravinia Steans Music Institute for Jazz in Chicago where he studied composition (with Rufus Reid, Curtis Fuller, David Baker, and Nathan Davis) and performed original music with a handful of his peers from around the world. In the Spring of 2015, Matt was a participant of Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead 2015 residency program. The two-week-long residency was held at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., where he worked with Program Director Jason Moran, and faculty members: Eric Harland, Carmen Lundy, Andre Hayward, Cyrus Chestnut, Eric Revis, and J.D. Allen. Matt has performed internationally including recent performances at the 30th Annual Fajr Int'l Music Festival in Tehran, Iran, the Voll-Damm Jazz Festival in Barcelona and XXIII Festival Internacional de Jazz Ciudad de Almeria in Almeria, Spain, UK, Canada, Mexico, all throughout Japan, and all around the US.
In 2010, Matt was the winner of the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) Drum Set Competition in the idiom of Jazz.
In January of 2017, Matt released his debut solo record entitled, Headspace, on which Matt played all the instruments, recorded, programmed, and mixed all of the music. Editor-in-Chief of Nextbop, Anthony Dean-Harris , had this to say on the release, "It's as much a jazz album as it is a drum & bass release, which can appease some folks' wider ears. It's a neat little five song collection that's straddling the lines of all sorts of genres in the best of ways”. http://nextbop.com/blog/mattyoungheadspace
In March of 2017, along with two of his most frequent collaborators, Addison Frei and Perrin Grace, the aptly coined group, AMP Trio, released their third record, aptly titled, Three. SomethingElse! had this to say of a pre-released composition by Perrin, "it’s intuitive and forthright, performed with first-rate rapport. Ranging from hip-hop to straight jazz to free-form improv, it looks both back and ahead with equal reverence. — In short, “N.T. Bag” isn’t played by a trio where one player dominates over the others. With the AMP Trio, everyone dominates.” http://somethingelsereviews.com/2017/02/27/amp-trio-n-t-bag-three-2017-something-else-exclusive-premiere/