Matt Chamberlain

Matt Chamberlain
Birth name Matthew Chamberlain
Born April 17, 1967 (1967-04-17) (age 44)
San Pedro, California, U.S.
Genres Rock
Occupations Musician
Instruments Drums
Years active 1986–present
Labels Geffen, Loosegroove, Ropeadope Records, Kufala, Web of Mimicry, Blue Note
Associated acts Tori Amos, Critters Buggin, Ten Hands, Billy Goat, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, Pearl Jam, Saturday Night Live Band, Weapon of Choice
(See Discography for others.)

Matthew Chamberlain (born April 17, 1967 in San Pedro, California) is an American drummer, producer and sound engineer. He is currently based in Los Angeles, California.



Early life

Matt Chamberlain was born and raised in San Pedro, California. His father Sonnie Joe Chamberlain and mother Maria Victoria Ponce. He grew up air drumming and using pots and pans as makeshift drums.[1] Chamberlain began playing drums at the age of ten. He was influenced by the local San Pedro music scene and by getting in to all ages shows at the Dancing Waters Club (Minutemen, Black Flag, Firehose,) and by listening to the drumming of John Bonham, Ringo Starr, Stewart Copeland, Neil Peart, and Terry Bozzio.[2] Chamberlain received his first set of drums at the age of fifteen, and studied with David Garibaldi, Murray Spivack, Chuck Flores, and Gregg Bissonette. Three years later, he was awarded a scholarship to study at North Texas State University where he studied with Henry Okstel. Chamberlain quit college and started playing professionally in the Dallas, Texas Deep Ellum scene in the mid-1980s.[1]

Musical career

His first notable work was with Ten Hands, a locally popular Denton, Texas band. Ten Hands briefly enjoyed heaps of acclaim and an impressive following in the band's home state. In 1988, Chamberlain left Ten Hands to join Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, with whom he toured and recorded from 1988 until 1991 when the band broke up. He can be heard playing on the band's 1990 album, Ghost of a Dog. In the summer of 1991, he briefly joined the band Pearl Jam and toured with the band before the release of its debut album, Ten. He can be seen in the band's first video, "Alive". Chamberlain said, "I toured in the van with them, played a bunch of clubs—I had a good time, definitely had a good time. They wanted me to join the band, but Edie Brickell & New Bohemians had just broke up, I had just got off the road after touring for four years straight—I could not imagine doing it again."[3] For his replacement, Chamberlain suggested drummer and friend Dave Abbruzzese.[4] Chamberlain left Pearl Jam to join the house band for Saturday Night Live during the 1991-1992 season where he was able to play with and back up artists such as Johnny Winter, Charlie Musselwhite, Jon Faddis, Steve Turre. Leon Pendarvis and work with comedians Steve Martin, Chris Farley, Mike Meyers and Dana Carvey on musical skits.

At the end of 1992, he moved to Seattle, Washington to start the band Critters Buggin with Skerik and Brad Houser. The band has since released six albums and is currently active. In 1993, Chamberlain toured as a member of the funk band Weapon of Choice. In 1996, he received career boosts after performing on albums by The Wallflowers (Bringing Down the Horse) which he won a Grammy for "best recorded performance" and Fiona Apple (Tidal).[3] In 1998, Chamberlain began working with singer-songwriter Tori Amos, with whom he gained recognition. He performed on her 1998 album, From the Choirgirl Hotel, and since then he has contributed to several of Amos' albums and tours. He has worked on combining live and looped drums, often creating loops on the fly and then playing along to them. Amos has introduced Chamberlain as "the human loop" at her concerts.[5] He was nominated Musician Of The Year at the 2004 CMA's.

Since the mid-1990s, Chamberlain has become well-known as a session drummer, having appeared on over 200 records with sales well over 80 million worldwide. The diverse range of artists that Chamberlain has contributed his drumming to the tours and albums of include Peter Gabriel, The Wallflowers, Fiona Apple, Sam Phillips, Kanye West, Weapon of Choice, David Torn, Tori Amos, Chris Isaak, Macy Gray, Stevie Nicks, Dave Navarro, Kevin Max, Master Musicians of Jajouka, Stone Gossard, Martina McBride, Garbage, Elton John, Natalie Merchant, Anika Moa, David Bowie, Brad Mehldau, Keith Urban, Liz Phair, John Mayer, Finn Brothers, William Shatner, Jon Brion, Robbie Williams, Shakira, Morrissey, Indigo Girls, Sean Lennon, Sarah McLachlan, Sara Bareilles, Brandi Carlile, Dido, Lisa Marie Presley, Elvis Costello, Bruce Hornsby, and Regina Spektor.

In 2005, he released a self-titled solo album on Web of Mimicry Records that he describes as "an imaginary soundtrack to an Asian-Western-Sci-Fi-Horror Movie." He is in a group called the Slow Music Project with Bill Rieflin, Peter Buck, Robert Fripp, Hector Zazou, and Fred Chalenor. In August 2007, Chamberlain and musician Bill Frisell released the debut album for the musical project Floratone. In 2010 Drum Magazine named him one of the 15 Greatest Groove Drummers Of All Time.

In 2011 he started a solo Electro/Acoustic project called "Company 23" He will be releasing a recording for this project and doing shows in 2011.


Edie Brickell & New Bohemians discography

Year Title Label Track(s)
1990 Ghost of a Dog Geffen All
2002 The Ultimate Collection Hip-O "Woyaho" and "Stwisted"

Critters Buggin discography

Year Title Label Track(s)
1994 Guest Loosegroove All
1996 Endless Records complication one Endless "Sweat Box"
Host Loosegroove All
1997 Monkeypot Merganzer All
1998 Bumpa Loosegroove All
1999 Amoeba Loosegroove All
2000 Taxi Independent All
2004 Stampede Ropeadope Records All
2009 Live In 95 at the OK HOTEL - Seattle - aka Sorry for the Reverb All

Tori Amos discography

Year Title Label Track(s)
1998 From the Choirgirl Hotel Atlantic/WEA All
1999 To Venus and Back Atlantic All
2001 Strange Little Girls Atlantic All
2002 Scarlet's Walk Epic All
2003 Tales of a Librarian Atlantic "Angels", "Mary", "Spark", "Bliss", "Playboy Mommy", "Sweet Dreams", "Jackie's Strength", and "Snow Cherries from France"
2004 Carved in Stone: Live at Red Rocks, Vol. ll Outlook Music "A Sorta Fairytale"
2005 The Beekeeper Epic All
The Original Bootlegs Epic All
2006 A Piano: The Collection Rhino Most of Disc C, all of Disc D
2007 American Doll Posse Epic All except "Yo George", "Fat Slut", "Devils and Gods", "Programmable Soda", "Velvet Revolution", and "Dragon"
Legs and Boots Epic All
2009 Abnormally Attracted to Sin Universal Republic All

THRUSTER! discography

Year Title Label
2004 THRUSTER! Kufala
2005 Live: Seattle, WA 4/2/04 Kufala
2007 Green Heat THRUSTER!

Solo discography

Year Title Label
2005 Matt Chamberlain Web of Mimicry

Slow Music Project discography

Year Title Label
2006 Live at the Croc Self-released

Floratone discography

Year Title Label
2007 Floratone Blue Note

Organica discography

Year Title Label
2008 Organica: ONE Independent

Contributions and collaborations

Year Group Title Label Track(s)
1992 Pearl Jam Stanley, Son of Theodore: Yet Another Alternative Music Sampler Epic/Columbia "Alive" (live)
1993 Bakers Pink Bakers Pink Epic Some
1994 Satchel EDC Epic "O"
Wild Colonials Fruit of Life DGC Some
Prose & Concepts Procreations Loosegroove "Fossils"
1995 James Reynolds Power Moves Miramar All
Aaron Neville The Tattooed Heart A&M Some
Various artists Acoustic Earth Sonic Images Some
Wes Martin 3 Pound Universe CMP All
Peter Gabriel Tower of Song: The Songs of Leonard Cohen A&M "Suzanne"
James Reynolds Miramar Collection, Vol. 2 Miramar "Leap of Faith"
Red Shoes For Nancy House Where You Live Rudy All
1996 Daniel Tashian Sweetie Elektra Some
The Wallflowers Bringing Down the Horse Interscope All
Gus Gus Almo Sounds Some
Fiona Apple Tidal Epic All except "Shadowboxer"
Kristen Barry The Beginning.The Middle.The End Virgin All
Sam Phillips Omnipop (It's Only a Flesh Wound Lambchop) Virgin Some
1997 Pigeonhed The Full Sentence Sub Pop Some
Andrew Dorff Hint of Mess Sony All
Brendan Lynch Brendan Lynch PolyGram Some
Kimberly Bass Sacred Ground Band Together -
Garrison Starr Eighteen Over Me Geffen -
Skyward Skyward C/Z "Taxi De L'Espace"
1998 McKinley Big Top Shop Talk Samson Music All
Fiona Apple 1998 Grammy Nominees MCA "Criminal"
Weapon of Choice Nutmeg Phantasy Loosegroove Some
David Torn The Collection Times Square Some
David Lanz Songs from an English Garden Narada Some
Adam Cohen Adam Cohen Columbia "Cry Ophelia", "Don't Mean Anything", "This Pain", "Sister", "Beautiful As You", "Amazing", and "It's Alright"
Chris Isaak Speak of the Devil Reprise Some
Bruce Hornsby Spirit Trail RCA Disc One
1999 Various artists Message in a Bottle: Music from and Inspired By the Motion Picture Atlantic -
The Corrs Talk on Corners: Special Edition Atlantic "Queen of Hollywood"
Chuck Negron The Long Road Back Hip-O Some
Macy Gray On How Life Is Epic All
Willy Porter Falling Forward Six Degrees Some
Dave Koz The Dance Capitol Some
Melissa Etheridge Breakdown Island Some
Chantal Kreviazuk Colour Moving and Still Columbia Some
Fiona Apple When the Pawn Epic All except "I Know"
2000 Macy Gray Grammy Nominees 2000 RCA "Do Something"
Jessica Riddle Key of a Minor Hollywood "I Want You" and "Symphony"
Evan and Jaron Evan and Jaron Columbia Some
Splattercell Oah 75 ARK "Idiomsnacktreat"
The Wallflowers Breach Interscope All
Macy Gray and Rosie O'Donnell Another Rosie Christmas Sony "Winter Wonderland"
Vonda Shepard Ally McBeal: A Very Ally Christmas 550 Music/Epic/SME Some
The Malachy Papers Demons Endless Some
2001 dc Talk Solo ForeFront "Return of the Singer" and "Be"
Stevie Nicks Trouble in Shangri-La Reprise "Candlebright" and "Sorcerer"
Macy Gray Keeping the Dream Alive: Race to Erase M.S. Sony "I Try"
Dave Navarro Trust No One Capitol/EMI All except "Venus in Furs"
Carolyn Dawn Johnson Room with a View Arista Nashville Some
Kevin Max Stereotype Be ForeFront All except "Union of the Soul" and "On and On"
Miranda Lee Richards The Herethereafter Virgin Some
Stone Gossard Bayleaf Epic "Bore Me" and "Fits"
Martina McBride Greatest Hits RCA "When God-Fearin' Women Get The Blues", "Where Would You Be", "Concrete Angel", and "Blessed"
Garbage Beautiful Garbage Mushroom "Can't Cry These Tears" and "Cup of Coffee"
Elton John Songs from the West Coast Universal Some
Shelby Lynne Love, Shelby Island All
Natalie Merchant Motherland Elektra All
Macy Gray Epic Records: A Season of Soul and Sounds Sony "Winter Wonderland"
2002 Chromeflies Chromeflies Koach All
Shannon McNally Jukebox Sparrows Capitol Some
Aja Daashuur Before the Beginning Warner Bros. Some
Lisa Loeb Cake and Pie A&M "The Way it Really Is", "Bring Me Up", and "Someone You Should Know"
Anika Moa Thinking Room Atlantic All except "Falling in Love Again", "I Talked To You", and "God in His Culture"
Ty Herndon This Is Ty Herndon: Greatest Hits Epic "If The Road Runs Out", "A Few Short Years", and "I'd Move Heaven And Earth"
Abandon Jalopy Mercy Stank Face Laboratories Some
Sheila Nicholls Wake Hollywood Some
Little Big Town Little Big Town Sony "Don't Waste My Time"
David Bowie Heathen Iso Some
Seven and the Sun Back to the Innocence Atlantic Some
Brad Mehldau Largo Warner Bros. Some
Andy Stochansky Five Star Motel RCA Some
Two Loons for Tea Looking for Landmarks Sarathan All
The Devlins Consent Nettwerk Some
Lifehouse Stanley Climbfall DreamWorks "Just Another Name", "Take Me Away", "Empty Space", and "The Beginning"
OK Go OK Go Capitol Some
Nichole Nordeman Woven & Spun Sparrow Some
Lisa Loeb Hello Lisa Artemis "The Way it Really Is", "Bring Me Up", and "Someone You Should Know"
Keith Urban Golden Road Capitol Some
Faith Hill Cry Warner Bros. Some
Christina Aguilera Stripped RCA "The Voice Within"
Jeffrey Gaines Toward the Sun Artemis All
2003 Pay the Girl Pay the Girl TVT Some
Lisa Marie Presley To Whom It May Concern Capitol Some
Lillix Falling Uphill Maverick Some
Liz Phair Liz Phair Capitol Some
Teitur Poetry & Aeroplanes Universal Music Group All
Sara Evans Restless RCA/BMG All
Martina McBride Share: Songs of Hope, Awareness and Recovery for Everyone Compendia "Cheap Whisky"
John Mayer Heavier Things Aware/Columbia "Clarity", "Bigger Than My Body", "Home Life", and "Wheel"
David Bowie Reality Iso "Bring Me the Disco King" and "Fly"
Martina McBride Martina RCA Some
Matt Nathanson Beneath These Fireworks Acrobat All
2004 Bruce Hornsby Greatest Radio Hits RCA "See the Same Way"
Van Hunt Van Hunt Capitol All
Carolyn Dawn Johnson Dress Rehearsal Arista Nashville Some
Finn Brothers Everyone Is Here Nettwerk All
Steven Curtis Chapman All Things New Chordant All
Keith Urban Be Here EMI Some
William Shatner Has Been Shout! Factory "I Can't Get Behind That" and others
Jon Brion I Heart Huckabees: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Milan Some
Luke Temple Luke Temple Mill Pond All
Elisa Pearl Days Sugar Srl All
2005 Kanye West "Late Registration" Roc-A-fella Records Uncredited Some
Magdalen Hsu-Li Smashing the Ceiling Chickpop All
Gratitude Gratitude Atlantic Some
Susie Suh Susie Suh Epic All
Lisa Marie Presley Now What Capitol Some
Luke Temple Hold a Match for a Gasoline World 2:30 Publicity "Make Right With You" and "In the End"
Anna Nalick Wreck of the Day Columbia Some
Lisa Loeb The Very Best of Lisa Loeb Geffen "Bring Me Up"
Erin McKeown We Will Become Like Birds Nettwerk Some
Nerina Pallot Fires Idaho/14th Floor "All Good People"
Meganut That Would Be Dope Unknown Some
Faith Hill Fireflies Warner Bros. Some
Larry Carlton Firewire Bluebird All
Jess Pillmore Reveal Lujo Some
Natalie Merchant Retrospective: 1995–2005 Elektra "Build a Levee", "Not in This Life", and "Motherland"
Keith Urban Days Go By EMI Some
Black Lab See the Sun Blacklab World Some
The Corrs Home Atlantic "Spancill Hill", "Peggy Gordon", "Black is the Colour", "Buachaill Ón Éirne", "Moorlough Shore", "Old Town", and "Bríd Óg Ní Mháille"
Sara Evans Real Fine Place RCA All
The Long Winters Ultimatum Barsuk Some
Robbie Williams Intensive Care Chrysalis All
Teddy Thompson Separate Ways Verve Forecast Some
Shakira Oral Fixation Vol. 2 Epic "How Do You Do" and "Don't Bother"
2006 Mellowdrone Box Red Ink "C'mon Try a Little Bit"
Rhett Miller The Believer Capitol All
Kenny Rogers Water & Bridges Capitol Nashville Some
Morrissey Ringleader of the Tormentors Attack All
Daniel Powter Daniel Powter Warner Bros. All
Chris Isaak Best of Chris Isaak Reprise Some
Yoshida Brothers Yoshida Brothers III Domo All
Bruce Hornsby Intersections (1985–2005) RCA "Preacher in the Ring, Pt. 2"
Landon Pigg LP RCA Some
Moshav Band Misplaced Jewish Music Group Some
Johanna Kunin Clouds Electric Bear Island Music -
Shelby Lynne The Definitive Collection Hip-O "Killin' Kind", "Wall in Your Heart", "Break Me Open", "Jesus on a Greyhound", and "I Can't Wait"
Indigo Girls Despite Our Differences Hollywood All
Zucchero Fly Polydor/Universal Music Group Some
Sean Lennon Friendly Fire Capitol All except "Wait for Me" and "Friendly Fire"
Cody McCarver Peace, Love and Coondawgs Aspirion Some
Josh Groban Awake Reprise/143 Some
The Corrs Dreams: The Ultimate Corrs Collection Atlantic Some
Sarah McLachlan Charlotte's Web: Music from the Motion Picture Sony Classical "Ordinary Miracle"
Steven Curtis Chapman Now and Then Sparrow "All Things New", "Much of You", "Only Getting Started", "Last Day on Earth", "What Now", "Please Only You", "Coming Attractions", "Big Story", "Believe Me Now", "Angels Wish", "I Believe in You", and "Treasure of Jesus"
The Youngs Hand Up, Head Down Mimicry "Satellite of Love"
2007 Black Lab Passion Leaves a Trace Some
Mika Life in Cartoon Motion Casablanca All
Viktor Krauss II Narada All
Brandi Carlile The Story Columbia All
Bethany Dillon Waking Up Sparrow Some
Martina McBride Waking Up Laughing RCA All
David Torn Prezens ECM "Miss Place, The Mist..."
Jon McLaughlin Indiana Island Some
Quodia The Arrow 7D Media Some
Missy Higgins On a Clear Night Eleven All
Sara Bareilles Little Voice Epic Some
Cole Deggs & The Lonesome Cole Deggs & The Lonesome Columbia Some
Elisa Caterpillar Universal "The Waves"
Jessica Callahan Jessica Callahan Blindstick Some
Marco Benevento Live at Tonic Ropeadope "Clouds", "Record Book", "Fearless", "Sabbath", "We're Using Time for Fun", "You Must Be a Lion", "Intro", and "Nobody Does It Better"
Katrina Carlson Here and Now Kataphonic All
Two Loons for Tea Nine Lucid Dreams Sarathan Some
Jesca Hoop Kismet Red Ink "Summertime", "Seed of Wonder", "Money", "Dreams in the Hollow", "Love Is All We Have", "Intelligentactile 101", and "Out the Back Door"
Ben Lee Ripe New West All
Vanessa Carlton Heroes & Thieves The Inc. Some
Carrie Underwood Carnival Ride Arista Nashville Some
Andy Davis Let the Woman Big Helium Some
Eyvind Kang The Yelm Sessions Tzadik Some
David Bowie Bowie Box Set Sony/Columbia Some
2008 Marco Benevento Invisible Baby Hyena Some
Stebmo Stebmo Southern Lord All
Sarah McLachlan Rarities, B-Sides and Other Stuff Volume 2 Nettwerk/Arista "Ordinary Miracle"
Various artists Fierce Angel: Angels Fall, Vol. 2 Fierce Angel "Where I Stood" and "Happy Ending"
Vanessa Amorosi Somewhere in the Real World Universal Music Australia Some
Judith Owen Mopping Up Karma Courgette All
George Stanford Big Drop Smash All
Elisa Dancing Universal/Sugar Some
Trey Gunn Music for Pictures 7d Some
Sugarland Love on the Inside Mercury Nashville Some
Meiko Meiko Myspace/Lucky Ear/DGC Some
Daniel Powter Under the Radar Warner Bros. Some
Vonda Shepard From the Sun Redeye All
Sarah McLachlan Closer: The Best of Sarah McLachlan Nettwerk "Don't Give Up on Us" and "U Want Me 2"
Ilse DeLange Incredible Universal Music Group All
Serena Ryder Is It O.K. Atlantic All
Butch Walker Sycamore Meadows Original Signal Some
Dido Safe Trip Home Sony BMG Some
2009 Marco Benevento Me Not Me The Royal Potato Family "Golden", "Now They're Writing Music", "Mephisto", "Friends", and "Run of the Mill"
Indigo Girls Poseidon and the Bitter Bug Vanguard All
Martina McBride Shine RCA Some
The Wallflowers Collected: 1996-2005 Interscope "One Headlight", "6th Avenue Heartache", "Three Marlenas", "The Difference", "Invisible City", "Letters from the Wasteland", "Hand Me Down", "Sleepwalker", and "I've Been Delivered"
Yoshida Brothers Prism Domo All
Casey Driessen Oog Thirty One Tigers All
Kate Voegele A Fine Mess Myspace/Interscope Some
Regina Spektor Far Sire Some
Crosby Loggins Time to Move Jive All
Six Organs of Admittance Luminous Night Drag City All
2010 Stevie Ann Light Up Universal All
Herbie Hancock The Imagine Project Herbie Hancock Records Dave Matthews "Tomorrow Never Knows"
Of Montreal False Priest Polyvinyl Records All
Sarah Mclachlan Laws of Illusion Arista Some
Sara Bareilles Kaleidoscope Heart Epic Some
Modular Eyvand Kang, Viktor Krauss, Dan Phelps, Matt Chamberlain Independent All
Brad Mehldau Highway Rider Nonesuch All
Danny Barnes Pizza Box ATO All
Ilse de Lange Next to me Universal All
Bill Horist Covalent Lodge North Pole Records All


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