Matt Young, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, is a drummer/educator/composer currently living in the DFW metroplex in Texas. He found music first at the piano and clarinet until switching to drum set upon entering high school. After high school, where he was the GMEA All-State Jazz Ensemble's drummer from his sophomore year until graduation, Matt was accepted with a jazz scholarship to the University of North Texas to pursue a Bachelor's degree in Jazz Studies with an emphasis on performance.
Matt has studied under Justin Varnes at Georgia State University and Edward Soph at the University of North Texas. His experience at UNT has ranged from performing in the Grammy-Nominated University of North Texas One O’Clock Lab Band (Lab 2013), Downbeat-Award winning UNT Latin Jazz Lab Band, Downbeat-Award winning UNT Jazz Singers, with Arthur Barrow and Tommy Mars (alumni of Frank Zappa’s band) performing the music of Frank Zappa, and as a freelance musician/teacher. In 2010, Matt was the first place winner in the “Jazz” category of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS) International Drum Set Competition adjudicated by Jeff Hamilton, Matt Wilson, and Stanton Moore.
Upon arriving at UNT, Matt was asked to join Grammy winning artist Bob Belden's, Animation, with Tim Hagans. In 2012, Animation released Transparent Heart on the UK label RareNoise Records, which was reviewed in many publications including New York Music Daily:
"If there’s any star of this album, it’s Young, with his sledgehammer attack on the kick drum: even when the music reaches a lull, he never lets the intensity diminish, and fuels the many crescendos here with a mighty force that somehow manages to be more matter-of-fact than dramatic." - New York Music Daily
Animation's 2015 release, Machine Language, is now available on RareNoise Records on CD and double vinyl (ft. Kurt Elling and Bill Laswell).
While at UNT, Matt met Addison Frei and Perrin Grace, who are now two of his most frequent collaborators. In 2012, AMP Trio (as the group came to be called) recorded their debut record, Flow, on Armored Records. AMP Trio has toured extensively throughout the US and Canada.
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, venues in London, England, Canada, Mexico, and all around the US. He has performed with a wide variety of artists such as Jean-Michel Pilc, Mike Stern, Tim Green, Christian McBride, and Tim Hagans to name a few.