Matt Byrne

Visiting Artists

Hatebreed drummer Matt Byrne lives to drum and drums to live. Judging by what he’s done behind the kit for the past decade, it comes as no surprise that Byrne is one of the most accomplished, most dedicated, and well-respected drummers in the heavy metal scene today.

His deft rhythmic style and versatility – he’s not limited to just playing metal- makes him a prime candidate to work in the studio and in the live arena with plenty of artists of all genres during Hatebreed off/down time. Sure, Byrne has made a name for himself through his work during Hatebreed’s unforgiving, devastatingly brutal live shows, and by playing fierce, fast ‘n ferocious music, where the drums beats are fired off like blasts of heavy artillery, but he’s capable of so much more, and can suit his playing to fit any other style of music. Few can cop to such a feat, but the easy-going yet heavy-handed Byrne can.

Byrne, who writes monthly lessons in a column for DRUM! Magazine, got his start taking private lessons for 4 years, before deciding to go off and do his own thing. He was studying to become an elementary/special education teacher at SUNY Plattsburgh and was 3 months away from completing his degree until the urge and the passion to play music full time overcame him.

He played in early metalcore band All Out War from 1999 through 2001, before joining Hatebreed, permanently filling the often-unstable drum position in this powerhouse band. During his time with Hatebreed, one of the metal and hardcore scene’s premiere live bands, Byrne has toured the world several times over, enjoying 4 stints, including one on the main stage, on Ozzfest, the summer’s biggest, most high profile metal tour. He also performed as part of the “Blacktooth Bash” in May 2007 at the House Of Blues in LA; the all-star event was a tribute to the late, legendary Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell, and Byrne served as the “house” drummer for the evening, playing Van Halen, AC/DC, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Black Sabbath, Pantera, and Iron Maiden covers with members of Slipknot, Alice In Chains, Shinedown, Rob Zombie, Queensryche, and Judas Priest.

As part of Hatebreed, Byrne has amassed other accolades and nods. Hatebreed was nominated for a “Best Metal Performance” Grammy in 2004 and received a SESAC Performance Award for Supremacy in May 2007, and the band’s music has been featured in various movie soundtracks and on video games, among them Headbanger’s Ball: The Revenge, Freddy Vs. Jason, The Punisher, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Byrne also graced the cover of the October 2006 edition of DRUM! Magazine.

Clearly, from all of these accolades and accomplishments, Matt Byrne is one of the leading hard rock drummers of his generation.


Please call (212) 741-0091 X104 for information on lessons with Matt, or email us at info@thecollective.edu