Closeup Herreras

Matt Teitelman is an in-demand New York/New Jersey drummer and percussionist. Having recorded percussion for the platinum-selling, GRAMMY-nominated album Yeezus, he continues to strive for excellence both in the studio and on stage. A magna cum laude graduate from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, Matt has performed all over the world, from the far reaches of Paris, France and Morelia, Mexico to Maxwell’s in Hoboken, Manhattan’s Sullivan Hall and The Bitter End, the Red Bank Jazz and Blues Festival, Boston’s Lizard Lounge, Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame, and Chicago’s Elbo Room. He collaborates with New York and New Jersey bands of all styles, and is currently a member of the children’s music rock band The Fuzzy Lemons, the world music group The Herreras, the country band The Wailing Denims, and most recently the Americana group Kaylor and the Tin Cans. When he isn’t out gigging, Matt can be found at Triple Colossal Studios working as a producer, engineer, session drummer and everything in between.

Matt began playing the drums at age nine after begging his parents for a drum set. With a singer sister and a guitarist father, music was always an essential part of his childhood. In high school he began studying drums with renowned percussion educator Don Skoog. During college and after, Matt has had the opportunity to study with jazz greats Victor Lewis, Bill Goodwin, and Michael Carvin. Matt is a student of Afro-Cuban percussion, for which he traveled to Havana, Cuba in 2005, and which he went on to study under Roberto Vizcaino and Michael Spiro among many other greats. He has recorded four full-length albums as well as many singles, including percussion on “On Sight” from Kanye West’s 2013 Album, Yeezus.