Matt Furness

A Short Drumming Biography

Matt with Steve GaddMatt Furness started playing drums at the age of 8 studying the Rockschool exams which has given Matt the experience and ability to play many different genres. He completed his Grade 8 at the age of 14, passing with a distinction, and encourages his drum students to follow a similar path.

See him play at the Norwich Jazz Jam where he has been the resident drummer since he was 14 years old. The jam is held every Monday in Norwich and enables Matt to play with experienced professional musicians gaining invaluable experience in a jam session without the benefit of extensive preparation. He is then able to bring these skills to your project, or his teaching for the benefit of his students.

Matt plays with The Mojo Preachers and works as a session drummer depping with bands, in addition to performing as a pit musician for musical productions being a competent reader. Recent productions include ‘Grease’, ‘9 to 5’, ‘Hairspray’ and ‘Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert’.

He has played at the famous 100 Club, Upton Blues Festival and the Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival, with performances at HRH Blues and other festivals scheduled for 2019.

Rooks Yard

Rooks Yard Recording Studio

"Just want to say what an absolute pleasure it is to work with you Matt. Professionalism, attention to detail, fantastic technique and an easy going nature. Doesn't get much better!"
2019-03-12T14:16:22+01:00
Rooks Yard
"Just want to say what an absolute pleasure it is to work with you Matt. Professionalism, attention to detail, fantastic technique and an easy going nature. Doesn't get much better!"
OBHS

OBHS

"Matthew has begun to build an enviable reputation as a drummer, performing in a range of semi-professional bands both as a regular member and as a sought-after deputy"
2014-07-31T14:44:55+01:00
OBHS
"Matthew has begun to build an enviable reputation as a drummer, performing in a range of semi-professional bands both as a regular member and as a sought-after deputy"
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+01:00
Lee Vasey
"Matt plays with the maturity of someone far beyond his years. I always love working with him."
The Old School Henstead

Headmaster, Old School Henstead

"He is well prepared, motivated and mindful of the needs of his pupils, enabling good progress to be made by them"
2016-03-02T12:50:56+01:00
The Old School Henstead
"He is well prepared, motivated and mindful of the needs of his pupils, enabling good progress to be made by them"
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+01:00
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"
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+01:00
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!"
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+01:00
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."
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+01:00
Potters Resort
"He showed enthusiasm for the job and it was clear that he has a keen interest in the entertainment industry."
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+01:00
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"

For your peace of mind, Matt is a member of the Musician’s Union which includes Public Liability insurance covering all his drumming activities, and also has an updated enhanced DBS check in place.

If you are looking to hire Matt for your project check out see his online drumming CV for further details.   Read Matt’s CV

 

On 21st December 2018 Matt joined Chrissie Jackson on her BBC Radio Norfolk mid morning radio show as part of the 12 days of Christmas, representing the 12 drummers drumming. Matt was interviewed about his career and played some demonstration pieces. Listen again below!