Curriculum Vitae

Matt Furness Drummer – Curriculum Vitae

Matt’s Qualifications    Matt’s Background    Testimonials    View Gallery    Watch Videos

 
Matt FurnessMatthew Furness
Fairacre, Rode Lane, Carleton Rode, Norwich, Norfolk NR16 1NW. United Kingdom
Date Of Birth; 25th April 1998

Phone; 01953 860289
Mobile; 07935 748383
Email; drums@mattfurness.co.uk

Enhanced DBS Update Service – certificate number available on request
Musician’s Union member
£10,000,000 Public Liability Insurance
Full driving licence
Working as a self employed drummer since 1st February 2015, incorporating drum tuition and performance
References available on request

 

Qualifications

RockSchool (Drums) – Grades 2 through to 8 inc. Grade 8 passed with distinction in 2012
Old Buckenham High School – Six GCSE’s Grade C or above, including English, Mathematics and Music in 2014
Access To Music, Norwich – Sound Technology (Merit) Diploma in 2016

 

Background

I am a friendly, outgoing, responsible person; capable of working effectively on my own initiative and as part of a team. I enjoy a challenge and apply myself enthusiastically to all tasks. An honest reliable person, I’m self-motivated and a natural problem solver capable of working under pressure, applying a professional work ethic to all I do.

I started playing drums at the age of 8 and studied the Rockschool grades from 2 through to 8 inclusive, achieving a distinction in my grade 8 at the age of 14. From that age I have been the resident drummer for the Norwich Jazz Jam and since leaving college I now have a career as a freelance professional session drummer gigging extensively with a wide range of professional musicians, playing a variety of musical genres including jazz, blues, pop, funk and rock.

I also teach the drums on a private basis and in schools, encouraging my students to take the Rockschool grades, thus following a similar career path as myself.

Key skills;

  • Very competent sight reader.
  • Good time keeping ensuring the drums remain the heartbeat of the music.
  • Experienced functions band drummer having performed at functions for professional Championship footballers and extravagant weddings among others. For example, I performed at 14 weddings in the summer of 2017 with various bands.
  • Experienced pit musician having played for productions of Grease, 9 to 5, Hairspray and Little Shop Of Horrors.
  • Quick learner with good listening skills who is capable of improvising, having played in a jam environment for so long.
  • Versatile. I am not a rock drummer anymore than I am a jazz drummer … I am a professional drummer.
  • Good social skills.

 

Gallery

Image is important. Whatever you are buying it is essential to see what you are buying. Hiring a session drummer is no different. Yes, of course the drummer needs to be able to play the drums, but will they look right for the project you need them for? This is me, drumming and posing. Hope you like what you see!

 

Testimonials

Lowestoft Players

Lowestoft Players

"As well as reading notation for the show, he was able to effectively interpret what was a minimal score into an expressive performance"
2015-11-05T17:24:56+00:00
Lowestoft Players
"As well as reading notation for the show, he was able to effectively interpret what was a minimal score into an expressive performance"
Roger Hewett

Roger Hewett, Composer

"I have had the pleasure of hearing Matt perform for several years now. As a session drummer he is a good reader who plays with a solid feel and stable tempo. Matt is very reliable, versatile and has a great attitude."
2017-11-23T22:28:52+00:00
Roger Hewett
"I have had the pleasure of hearing Matt perform for several years now. As a session drummer he is a good reader who plays with a solid feel and stable tempo. Matt is very reliable, versatile and has a great attitude."
Lee Vasey

Lee Vasey, Guitarist

"Matt plays with the maturity of someone far beyond his years. I always love working with him."
2014-07-31T14:35:41+00:00
Lee Vasey
"Matt plays with the maturity of someone far beyond his years. I always love working with him."
Dan Whitehouse

Dan Whitehouse, Singer

"He is focused on the music and able to channel his positive energy into his performance - this radiates through the rest of the band and is a pleasure to behold"
2017-07-25T12:23:43+00:00
Dan Whitehouse
"He is focused on the music and able to channel his positive energy into his performance - this radiates through the rest of the band and is a pleasure to behold"
Potters Resort

Potters Resort, Hopton on Sea

"He showed enthusiasm for the job and it was clear that he has a keen interest in the entertainment industry."
2014-07-31T14:40:51+00:00
Potters Resort
"He showed enthusiasm for the job and it was clear that he has a keen interest in the entertainment industry."
Michael Segaud

Michael Segaud, Violinist

"Matt is a friendly, professional drumming chameleon! He has worked for my ceilidh band twice now and he has been perfect both times. Highly recommended as a great drummer and a top bloke!"
2017-06-02T21:26:58+00:00
Michael Segaud
"Matt is a friendly, professional drumming chameleon! He has worked for my ceilidh band twice now and he has been perfect both times. Highly recommended as a great drummer and a top bloke!"

 

Videos

Performance on drums is all about keeping time, the sound and the feel. It is important to develop ones own style of playing and I have mine. If you are looking for a drummer with sticks being thrown in the air and flailing arms then I am not what you need. However if you need a drummer who can be creative, solid and reliable, then I am your man.

Watch these videos below and then have a look at my YouTube channel which includes two tracks taken from Jim Riley’s book ‘Survival Guide For The Modern Drummer’. My performance of one of them, ‘Ostinato Challenge’, is now featured on Jim’s own YouTube channel.