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Iconic Drummer Matt Chamberlain Joins SABIAN Artist Family

SABIAN is proud to announce that Matt Chamberlain is exclusively playing SABIAN cymbals. Undoubtedly one of the most prolific drummers of a generation, Matt has played on huge hits like One Headlight by The Wallflowers, Criminal by Fiona Apple, Spark by Tori Amos, I Try by Macy Gray, Bigger Than My Body by John Mayer, Gold Digger by Kanye West and Let it Go from Disney’s Frozen.


Matt has played on records that combined have sold over 80 million copies, and the list of artists he’s recorded with is incredibly diverse and includes Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, Tori Amos, Fiona Apple, Wallflowers, Aaron Neville, Bruce Hornsby, Chris Isaak, Melissa Etheridge, Stevie Nicks, Elton John, Natalie Merchant, Martina McBride, Garbage, Christina Aguilera, David Bowie, Brad Mehldau, Keith Urban, Faith Hill, Liz Phair, John Mayer, Shakira, Critters Buggin, Bill Frisell, Larry Carlton, Morrissey, Carrie Underwood, Sarah McLachlan, Herbie Hancock and Joe Cocker. More recently he has recorded with Phantogram, Of Montreal, Gavin DeGraw, Bruce Springsteen, Frank Ocean, Jason Mraz, Andra Day, Eric Clapton, Miranda Lambert, Steven Tyler and Chris Cornell. 


Matt was also the drummer for Saturday Night Live’s House Band during the 1991-92 season and can be heard on TV shows like Sons of Anarchy and Bastard Executioner. Movie soundtracks include Frozen, Trainwreck, Transformers Age of Extinction, Man of Steel, Punch Drunk Love, and many more. 


Chamberlain has also toured with many of the artists he’s recorded for. He spent much of 2014 on tour with Soundgarden filling in for good friend Matt Cameron who had commitments with Pearl Jam, a band Chamberlain was a member of during their meteoric rise to fame − that’s Matt in Pearl Jam’s Alive video. He released a self-titled solo album in 2005 and plays in a group called the Slow Music Project with Bill Rieflin, Peter Buck (REM), Robert Fripp, Hector Zazou and Gred Chalenor. He won the ACM Country Drummer of the Year in 2012.  DRUM! Magazine named him one of the 15 Greatest Groove Drummers of All Time. 


SABIAN’s Director of Artist Relations Chris Stankee says, “Having Matt Chamberlain playing Sabian gives our offerings a special credibility. He wanted to be comfortable walking into any situation and have it covered with one brand of cymbals. He plays and records across all genres so it was a unique challenge to fill his bags. He has a set of Paragon for the heavy lifting. He chose from the Big & Ugly collection, Legacy and Artisan to cover the darker complex situations. And of course there are the unique sounds you can only get from Sabian like the Ozone crash, Radia Nano hats, Chopper, 16” HHX Click hats from the Custom Shop, Hoop Crasher, Max Stax and Fierce hats. Matt is exactly the kind of artist and person any company would be proud to have as an endorser and for certain we are proud and look forward to hearing all the great music he’s going to make with the cymbals.”


Chamberlain says, “I played Sabian early in my career and recall enjoying my 22” HH Duo Ride and hats in particular. I still have that ride. It’s been hard not to notice the sounds Sabian has been producing the last few years and I needed more versatility in my choices. While on tour with Soundgarden last year filling in for Matt (Cameron), I realized that I needed something like Sabian’s Paragons for that gig. I did some behind the scenes taste tests and found that Sabian had that covered along with everything else and so I’m happy to be home once again at Sabian.”  


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