Based in Boston, Mass, Matt Zappa is an internationally-touring drummer of such bands as Protean Collective, Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys, and Math The Band. Matt is also a session musician, educator/clinician, and radio host. He has headlined the NH Drum Festival, and has been nominated nine times and performed at the Boston Music Awards. He has won an International Portuguese Music award with the Mike Kerr Group. Over the years, Matt has received acclaim for his projects from publications such as The Boston Globe, Village Voice, Metal Injection, MetalSucks, and Nefarious Realm.
Guest Lecturer/Master Class at MIT’s Heavy Metal 101 – 2017, 2018
*2017 New England Music Awards – Best Live Act Winner – Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys
*2015, 2016, 2017 Boston Music Awards “Metal Act of the year” Nominee – Protean Collective
*WZLX’s Rock N Roll Rumble 2015 competitor – Protean Collective
*2016 International Portuguese Music award Best Rock Performance Winner – Mike Kerr Group
*2016 International Portuguese Music award Best Instrumental Performance Nominee – Mike Kerr Group
*2016 International Portuguese Music award Song of the Year Nominee – Mike Kerr Group
*Boston Music Awards “Live Act of the year” Nominee 2016, 2017 – Walter Sickert & The Army of Broken Toys
*Featured artist on NESN’s Dirty Water TV
*NH Drum Festival Headliner 2016
*Best Drummer in Boston – Shakefist Magazine
*Rich Sticks and Soultone Cymbal Endorser
*NAMM Performer GoPro Booth – 2015 – Mike Kerr Group
*Private Lesson and Band Teacher at Plugged In – 2015-Now
*Co-Host of WEMF’s Citywide Blackout – WEMFradio.com
Born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, Matt Zappa is an alum of Berklee College of Music. He is currently the drummer of both the progressive metal band, Protean Collective and the chiptune rock band, Robot and the Wizard. In addition, he is a session musician/clinician and a radio DJ. His early knowledge of music came from listening to big band, hip hop, and Motown, leading to a love of all forms of percussion. He started playing drums at the age of 14, and he immersed himself immediately in the diverse and competitive New England music scene. There, he played in and filled in for bands of many different styles such as funk, rock, hardcore, latin, jazz fusion, and metal.
His early heroes in drumming were Joe Morello, Steve Gadd, Mike Portnoy, Raymond Herrera, Sean Reinert, and Vinnie Colaiuta, but the drummer that changed his view on music was Billy Cobham. He was fortunate enough to receive Cobham’s Spectrum as a gift from a neighbor, which he listened to and studied religiously through his teens. Right away, Matt began drum lessons with the teacher Martin Bernert, who not only taught Matt the fundamentals of the drum set but also gave him the tools to develop his own style.
He continued his education by choosing Berklee College of Music, where his desire to grew as a musician was mentored by Rod Morgenstein, Rick Considine, and Ricardo Monzon. He also gained knowledge as a composer which led him to pursue a film scoring. In college, he met Graham Bacher and Steph Goyer and formed Protean Collective, a progressive metal band that has been a touring act since 2010. Their newest album, “The Red and the Grey,” has received international critical acclaim from such publications as Metal Injection, MetalSucks, and Nefarious Realm. The band has gained notoriety by playing with such groups as Cynic, Scale the Summit, Pain of Salvation, Lesser Key, and Wovenhand. He is also a radio DJ on WEMF’s Citywide Blackout.