My student Mike Byrne has become the new drummer for The Smashing Pumpkins!

 

http://www.beavertonvalleytimes.com/news/print_story.php?story_id=125078554764312000

 

When Mike auditioned for the band, Billy Corgan said: "What made Mike stand out was he just seemed to have that X-factor that all the great drummers have, a stunning blend of power, speed, and grace. I'm excited to work with him moving forward--he truly deserves this opportunity. I believe in my heart he will push me to be a better musician."

 

Here is an interview I did for The Portland Mercury:

http://endhits.portlandmercury.com/endhits/archives/2009/08/19/justin-matz-drum-instructor-to-smashing-pumpkins-mike-byrne

 

Here is some video of him in action!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pretty cool huh?

 

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Here is my student Dhanan Zakheim performing with his band 擢ever at the Someday Lounge in Portland, Oregon. Dhanan started taking lessons from scratch with me only 2 years ago. He also co-writes and records their music! Check him out! I really love the sound of his band. (I can稚 get these songs out of my head they are so catchy!)

 

http://www.myspace.com/feverpdx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love how he uses all the latin drumming I taught him! Awesome!!!!

 

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My next student I am very proud of. Dana Lockhart is the drummer for 典he Bettys. After only one year of taking lessons from scratch with me she decided to join the band even though she was really nervous about performing onstage. She is awesome! You have to go out and check her band out!

 

http://thebettysrock.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LATEST NEWS!

I always thought it would be so cool to be on the cover of 船RUM! Magazine.... That is until something even better happened: They chose one of my students instead!!! Yes Mike is on the December 2010 issue of Drum Magazine. Wow that is just ultra-super-cool. How exciting!!! (They even interviewed me a little bit too. Awesome!)

My own band 摘mergency has just released our latest CD! It痴 entitled 摘verybody Panic and you can find it here: CD Baby and iTunes.

 

The album features Kelly Jones on guitar, Timmer Blakely on bass, and me on lead vocals, drums and percussion. I produced, engineered and recorded the album myself, as well as wrote the lyrics and co-wrote the music with Kelly. It features full sounding rock music with great melodies, some clever chord structures and interesting lyrics, and you are going to love listening to it! Check it out!

 

Visit http://www.EmergencyRocks.com/ for more info and soundclips!

I am currently performing with Karen Lovely - http://KarenLovely.com - all over West Coast including Portland so I hope to see some of you at our gigs. Karen is the real deal and puts on an incredible show! Mostly blues and funk with some jazz, rock, and fusion thrown in just for fun. Karens band is and all-star line up which includes Doug Rowell on guitar, Dave Fleschner on keys, Timmer Blakely on bass, and Michael Quimby from the Roseland Hunters on guitar sometimes too!

 

Check out my schedule for upcoming shows!