Matthew O'Connor

Matthew O'Connor

Rod Stewart

I've been fortunate to forge a path in music. Drumming is a gorgeous creative release along with an exciting "discovery" learning component. I get this feeling EVERY time I sit at an instrument. Along with that passion, we develop different skill sets that can lead to employment, especially if you can put aside your ego. I've been lucky to be around legends such as Blondie and Rod Stewart and see the world ten times over. I just try to get it where I fit it, which may be as a as technician, or playing hand percussion, mallets, auxiliary drum kits or all the above. The more skills you can offer, the more opportunity you may have.

IN 3

  • Most memorable Next-Level Performance

    Playing a vibe solo on a tune in front of Queen Elizabeth II and not tanking it.
  • What Drives Your Creativity?

    Life drives creativity. I like to draw inspiration from great painters like Cézanne, Caillebotte, Van Gogh, Rothko, and Reemtsen along with great music and my faves like Gadd, Tony Williams, Bonham, Sputt, John Cushon, and Zig Modeliste
  • Why do you choose Vic Firth?

    Nothing feels more right