Matt Chivers

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Professional drummer with over a decades worth of experience. Available for live and recording sessions in London, Herts, Cambs and Essex.
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Matt is a professional drummer based in West Essex. He is experienced in a wide variety of musical genres; Rock, Metal, Indie, Drum and Bass, Reggae, Ska, Folk, Pop, Country, RnB, Blues, and much more. He has the resources to record drum tracks from home, using either an electric or acoustic drum kit, and is able to learn any song to a high standard in a short space of time. Matt has been performing with bands since 2004. He is currently providing drums for Indie/Folk band St.Clair, and hardcore band Shattered Knees. Each band showcases two entirely different styles of drumming, St.Clair's wistful sounds utilise a style of drumming that remains largely in the background, taking on a more supporting role, whereas Shattered Knees' aggressive and fast paced noise has the drums very much in the forefront, with hard hitting patterns and a flurry of drum fills playing a very pivotal role in each song. Recently Matt took on the role of session drummer for The Wandering Hearts, a Folk/Americana band based in London, and shared the stage with them at venues such as Hyde Park, IndigO2, and Bush Hall.

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Matt's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Johnny R
3 months ago
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5 out of 5

Excellent beatz thank you !

Bruno L
4 months ago
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5 out of 5

I surely recommend Chivers! He is an amazing drummer and also a friendly guy. I booked him to a recording session and I asked him to feel free to create his own drum ideas over the track. He got it! I will definitely book a new session with him.

From other customers:

Rob C
1 year ago, for a Concert in Devonshire Arms
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5 out of 5

Matt is an incredible session drummer. Very professional. He really puts in the effort and also happens to be a lovely person and great to spend time with. Cannot recommend enough

Steve Y
2 years ago, for a Concert in Stevenage
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5 out of 5

I am a full time professional musician and entertainer with over 30 years experience. Finding the right players is always a challenge but Matt Chivers is one if those guys who fits right in. Technically he is an extremely talented drummer with great feel and delivery but, also as importantly, he does his homework beforehand so rehearsals are just an easy run through rather than actual work. Personally you can tell Matt is respected and used by many artists as who ever the rest of the band may be; they always seem to know him. He is upbeat, cheerful, willing, enthusiastic, witty and an all round power house of beats!

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Matt's Song list

ACDC - Back in Black
ACDC - Highway To Hell
Avenged Sevenfold - Almost Easy
Avenged Sevenfold - Bat County
Avicii - Wake Me Up
Amy Winehouse - Valerie
Arctic Monkeys - Brianstorm
Arctic Monkeys - I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
Arctic Monkeys - R U Mine
Ash - Burn Baby Burn
Audioslave - Cochise
Bastille - Pompeii
Beatles - Saw Her Standing There
Beatles - Come Together
The Black Crows - Hard To Handle
Biffy Clyro - Mountains
Bill Withers - Ain't No Sunshine
Black Keys - Lonely Boy
Blink 182 - All the Small Things
Blink 182 - What's My Age Again?
Blink 182 - First Date
Blink 182 - The Rock Show
Bob Marley & The Wailers - No Woman No Cry
Bob Marley & The Wailers - Is This Love
Bob Marley & The Wailers - Three Little Birds
Bon Jovi - Livin' on a Prayer
Blues Brothers - Everybody Needs Somebody
Blur - Song 2
Blur - Park Life
Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk
Bruno Mars - Treasure
Bruno Mars - Marry You
Bruno Mars - Locked Out Of Heaven
Bryan Adams - Summer of '69
Bryan Adams - Run To You
Bryan Adams & Mel C - When You're Gone
Cee Lo Green - Forget You
Chaka Khan - Ain't Nobody
Chuck Berry - Johnny B Goode
Clean Bandit - Rather Be
Coldplay - Clocks
Coldplay - Yellow
Commitments - Mustang Sally
Contours - Do You Love Me
Cream - Crossroads
The Cure - Boys Don't Cry
The Cure - Just Like Heaven
Daft Punk - Get Lucky
David Bowie - Let's Dance
The Darkness - I Believe in a Thing Called Love
Dirty Loops - Hit Me
Earth Wind and Fire - September
Ed Sheeran - Perfect
Ed Sheeran - Sing
Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud
Electric Six - Danger! High Voltage
Elvis - Blue Suede Shoes
Elvis - Jailhouse Rock
Elvis - Hound Dog
Fallout Boy - Sugar We're Going Down
Fallout Boy - Dance Dance
Feeder - Buck Rogers
Feeder - Just a Day
Foo Fighters - Everlong
Foo Fighters - Learn to Fly
Foundations - Build Me Up Buttercup
Green Day - American Idiot
Green Day - Basket Case
Fratellis - Chelsea Dagger
Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out
Fleetwood Mac - Go Your Own Way
Fleetwood Mac - Dreams
Foo Fighters - Learn To Fly
Foo Fighters - Everlong
Free - All Right Now
George Michael - Faith
Hall & Oates - You Make My Dreams
Jackie Wilson - Higher and Higher
James - Sit Down
James Brown - I Feel Good
Jamiroquai - Too Young To Die
Jamiroquai - Virtual Insanity
Jamiroquai - Canned Heat
Jason Mraz - I'm Yours
Jet - Are You Gonna Be My Girl
Jimi Hendrix - Fire
Jimi Hendrix - Purple Haze
Jimi Hendrix - Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
Jimi Hendrix - All Across The Watchtower
Jimmy Eat World - The Middle
Jocelyn Brown - Somebody Else's Guy
John Mayer Trio - Good Love is on the Way
George Ezra - Shotgun
Kaiser Chiefs - Ruby
Kaiser Chiefs - I Predict a Riot
Kings of Leon - Sex on Fire
Kings of Leon - Use Somebody
Kings Of Leon - Molly's Chambers
Kooks - Naive
Killers - All These Things That I Have Done
Killers - Mr Brightside
Led Zeppelin - Rock and Roll
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Sweet Home Alabama
Madness - It Must Be Love
Madness - Baggy Trousers
Magic - Rude
Marvin Gaye - Ain't No Mountain
Marvin Gaye - I Heard It Through the Grapevine
Michael Jackson - Black or White
Michael Jackson - Beat it
Michael Jackson - Thriller
Monkees - I'm a Believer
Muse - Hysteria
Muse - Plug In Baby
Muse - Time Is Running Out
Oasis - Don't Look Back In Anger
Oasis - Supersonic
Otis Redding - Sitting on the Dock of the Bay
Paramore - Misery Business
Paramore - Crushcrushcrush
Pendulum - Slam
Pendulum - Tarantula
Pharell Williams- Happy
Plan B - She Said
The Police - Message in a Bottle
The Police - Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
Prince - Purple Rain
Queen - Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Queen - Hammer To Fall
Rage Against The Machine - Killing in the Name
Rage Against The Machine - Bulls on Parade
Razorlight - Golden Touch
Ray Charles - I Got a Woman
REM - Losing My Religion
Red Hot Chili Peppers - By The Way
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Can't Stop
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Dani California
Redbone - Come and Get Your Love
Reef - Place Your Hands
Rembrants - I'll Be There For You
Rihanna - Umbrella
Robbie Williams - Angels
Robbie Williams - Let Me Entertain You
Royal Blood - Out of the Black
Royal Blood - Figure It Out
Rudimental - Feel the Love
Santana - Smooth
Slipknot - Duality
Stereophonics - Dakota
Steppenwolf - Born to be Wild
Stevie Wonder - Superstition
Stevie Wonder - Sir Duke
Stevie Wonder - Higher Ground
Strokes - Last Nite
Sum 41 - In Too Deep
Sum 41 - Fat Lip
Survivor - Eye of the Tiger
Tenacious D - Tribute
The Third Degree - Mercy
Tower of Power - Diggin' on James Brown
Tower of Power - You Got to Funkifize
Tower of Power - Soul Vaccination
Two Door Cinema Club - Undercover Martyn
Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl
Van Morrison - Moondance
Walk The Moon - Shut Up and Dance
Wheatus - Teenage Dirtbag
Wheatus - A Little Respect
The Who - My Generation
and hundreds more!

Matt's Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£60
Up to 1 hour£160
Up to 2 hours£220
Up to 3 hours£280
Home Recording Session
Home recording using my Roland TD-25kv electric drum kit, with the BFD3 plugin on LogicPro. The £50 per hour fee covers time spent learning, rehearsing and recording, as well as up to three edits per song. Please message for further details.
Music Video
I will feature behind the drum kit in your music video. The fee quoted is charged per hour, and includes full Pearl Reference drum kit and Zildjian cymbals.
Studio Recording Session
Studio recording using my Pearl Reference drum kit, with Zildjian K custom cymbals. The £80 per hour fee covers time spent learning, rehearsing and recording, and covers fuel expenses for travel to the recording studio. The £70 per hour fee does not include studio or engineer hire. Please message for further details.
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

One of the comments I get from many of the shows are based around I the character and personality I show behind the kit, it's something I'm very proud of!

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

I've performed at many venues including the O2 Academy Islington, Indigo at the O2, Bush Hall, Radio 1's Biggest Weekend, and Hyde Park

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Growing up, my main influences were pop-punk and rock drummers such as Travis Barker (Blink 182), Tico Torres (Bon Jovi) and Tre Cool (Green Day). Since then I've taken influence from a far wider range of musicians from Dennis Chambers (Santana, John Scofield, Steely Dan) to The Rev (Avenged Sevenfold)

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

BST Hyde Park in 2018 was a massive highlight for me, as well as BBC's Biggest Weekend in Coventry the same year.

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

Not a problem! With enough notice I'm happy to accommodate to perform at an earlier or later time. I'm also happy to change the date if necessary, though I cannot always guarantee availability.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

Unfortunately my service is purely for drumming. However, I do have some contacts who may be able to provide a DJ set or similar service.

How much time do you need to set up?

For a full drum kit plus sampling pad an in ear monitors I would usually require 15-20 minutes of set up time. Smaller kits can be set up in a matter of minutes

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

Ideally I will have been given all the songs needed for the event. If you want me to learn extra songs as backup that's perfectly acceptable. As long as I know the songs feel free to pick and choose what you want to play!

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Absolutely! I'm even able to provide my own monitoring system if needed.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

I pride myself on being able to learn many songs in a short space of time, whether original or cover songs. I often have many songs to learn for multiple bands, so please get your requests in early - I'm a fast learner but more time to practice will help to get everything as polished as possible.
Pop, Rock, Covers, R&B, Top 40, Funk rock, Alternative rock, Britpop, Pop rock
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Drum technician, Instrumental teaching
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