COUNTRY: United States
Matt Gittelson is a drummer with over 30 years of experience. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Matt is a graduate of Musicians Institute’s Percussion Institute of Technology (P.I.T.) and holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Cal Poly SLO. A studio professional and accomplished performer Matt is a veteran of the stage and no stranger to the road. His credits include performances/recordings with award winning singer/songwriter Maia Sharp, IBC top ten blues band Pryor Baird and the Deacons, Jon Anderson of Yes and The Paul Cannon Band to name just a few.
A powerful, dynamic and crafty drummer, Matt sites Steve Gadd, Jeff Porcaro, Manu Katche and John Bonham as some of his influences. An educator since 1989, Matt currently teaches and performs full time in San Diego CA .
Q & A
BORN IN: Los Angeles
LIVES IN: Carlsbad, CA
DRUMMING SINCE: 1983
CURRENT BAND/PROJECT(S): Independent: Teaching, Recording, Performance
BIGGEST INFLUENCE(S): Steve Gadd, John Bonham, Jeff Porcaro, Will Calhoun
FAVORITE ALBUM YOU PLAYED ON: Peter Will, Peterbuilt
FAVORITE ALBUM YOU DIDN’T PLAY ON: Everything released by Tom Waits
CAREER HIGHLIGHT: Spending a little face-to-face time with Steve Gadd
FAVORITE SABIAN CYMBAL: 17” HHX Legacy Crash