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Matt Starr

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About

Matt Starr is an east coast native growing up between New York City & Connecticut. He began playing drums at the age of 12 when he joined & then promptly quit his school band after learning that the teacher spent most of the class working on the other instruments & saved drums for the last 5 minutes of class. Next came a couple months of private drum lessons, however….”All my teacher showed me was jazz beats & I wanted to play rock. Over the summer I taught myself how to play Def Leppard’s “Pyromania” album. That was the end of my lessons.”

Matt has toured the U.S. & overseas with Ace Frehley, Kevin Dubrow (Quiet Riot), Beautiful Creatures, Dizzy Reed (Guns N’ Roses), The Automatic Music Explosion, The Flames & others.

In the studio Matt has had the pleasure of working with producers Jimmy Bralower (VP A&R Atlantic Records, Madonna, Mick Jagger, Joan Jett), Toby Wright (Metallica, Alice In Chains, Korn), Jim Ebert (Meredith Brooks, Toni Braxton, Butch Walker), Mike Chapman (Blondie, The Knack, The Sweet), Dave Bianco (AC/DC, Tom Petty, KISS), Anthony Focx (Aerosmith, Foreigner) & others.

When Matt is not touring he lives in Los Angeles, keeping busy as a producer, singer & publisher. Matt’s music has been placed in dozens of TV shows & movies. He also enjoys buying & listening to vinyl LP's on his all-tube hi-fi system as well as collecting & restoring vintage Ludwig drums. Matt is currently playing with founding KISS member & legendary guitarist Ace Frehley.

Discography

  • The Flames “Fast. Easy. Cheap.” 2000 (Joetown Records)
  • Fastmaster “Butterfly” 2004 (Top Secret Beats)
  • Beautiful Creatures “Deuce” 2004 (Spitfire/JVC)
  • The Automatic Music Explosion 2008 (Independent)
  • Ace Frehley....new CD coming in 2013

Drumhead Setup

Snare- Hi-Velocity on the batter, American Vintage Snare bottom on the reso
Toms- Response 2's on top, coated Hi-Frequency on bottom
Bass Drum- Superkick II on the batter, Regulator on the front

Artist Quote

Whether it's on my Vistalites or my vintage wood kits, these Aquarian heads keep the classic vibe but add a new skool aggression & power that I love. My drums sound full & powerful & open. And I NEVER have to add duct tape to my heads. They're perfect. Thanks guys!!

Artist Media

"Darkest Hour" Matt Starr

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"In Grace" Matt Starr

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"Anyone" Beautiful Creatures

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"Public Enemy Number 1" Motley Crue cover

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