MATT BABINEAU

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Title: Instructor
Department: Drums
Styles: Rock, Metal, Funk, Country, Blues, Reggae, Punk
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Influences: Stewart Copeland, Chad Smith, Alex Van Halen, Neil Peart, Tim Alexander, Tommy Lee, Nicko McBrain, Bryan Mantia, Ian Paice, Charlie Benante, Matt Cameron

 

“I started playing at a very young age. My step Dad was a full-time drummer, so drums were always available to play on. The defining moment for me to choose music as a career was seeing Motley Crue in concert in 1986. Tommy Lee’s playing and showmanship was amazing! He is a very big influence on my playing. But my absolute all time favourite memory has to be seeing Paul McCartney in concert in Toronto in 2002.”

“For style, first and foremost I love classic rock; bands like The Beatles, Rush, The Police, Van Halen etc.. Second is metal! I love bands like Pantera, Slayer, Lamb of God, Tool… but I also like funky stuff like Chili Peppers and Tower of Power. I don;t think I could ever pick a top 3 for drumming songs. My favourites change every day depending on my mood, but today they are: Driven To Tears – The Police, Jerry was a race car driver – Primus, and Ticks and Leeches – Tool.”

“Single most important thing I think a drummer should know? Play for the music!”

  • Over 20 years of professional experience.
  • Plays with Sal Piamonte Band, Sam Steel, Rumours, Lou Dog and several others.
  • Endorses Sonor Drums, Paiste cymbals, Remo Drum Heads, Regal Tip Drumsticks, Protection Racket cases and Sweet Spot clutches.