Matt Graff

Matt Graff

Matt’s pursuit of music began in the same fashion as a number of fortunate young children, by stumbling on an instrument laying around the house, and deciding to explore it. In this case, it was his brother’s Casio keyboard. Though his fascination barely made it past the pitch wheel, his parents saw his promise and enrolled him with a local piano teacher. Matt excelled on the keys, but when his curiosity lead him to the drums, it wasn’t long before he and anyone who listened to his playing knew that he had found his true calling.
After high school, Matt attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he met many of the musicians and life-long friends he continues to collaborate with to this day. While there, he honed his drumming skills with instruction from such greats as Dave DiCenso, Rod Morgenstein, Mike Mangini, and Jackie Santos, among countless other inspirational teachers and peers. He also became fascinated with the world of the recording studio, and decided to focus his studies towards a degree in music production and engineering, which he earned in 2007.
Thus began Matt’s multifaceted career as a band member, session drummer, producer and engineer that has lead to his meeting and working with a slew of phenomenally talented musicians. His sought-after drumming has kept him busy in-studio and on-stage, with tours across the the US and Europe and countless shows in and around New York city. 2013 saw Matt playing over 100 gigs in genres ranging from Reggae (6th Degree), to Progressive Metal (Dark Empire), Rock (Chevonne and the Fuzz) to Afrobeat (The Brighton Beat), and everything in between. Matt is a founding member of 6th Degree and Built By Animals, as well as The Fred Savages, an 80s party band.
As a freelance producer and engineer, Matt’s brought his unique approach to sessions held at world-class studios and basement rehearsal rooms alike. His work can be heard on records for artists such as Amanda Ruzza, Sergio Galvao, Mishti Roy, Tyrone Shoelaces, and Sarah Chesler, as well as his own original bands. His mix work for producer and songwriter David Dachinger is regularly featured in broadcasts of CBS sports.
Matt would like to thank Soultone for welcoming him into the family, for all their support, and of course, for crafting killer sounding cymbals.

My Soultone Set: 

22" Vintage Old School Patina Crash/Ride
22" Prototype Ride
20" Custom Brilliant Crash
18" Custom Brilliant Crash
20" FXO 12
17" FXO 12
15" China
15" Prototype Hats
13" Vintage 1964 Hats
10" Extreme Splash
Bronze Bell