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Matt DeGroot is an up and coming Metal/Death/Grind Drummer from the heart of Illinois. At the age of Fifteen Matt and his band, Beneath the Hollow have already shared the stage with such national acts as Deveildriver,Gwar, A dozen Furies,Menemic, Goatwhore, Exodus, and Arsis. Starting at the age of seven Matt was raised around a musical family. With a father who played in bands he always had an array of drummers around to watch and learn from. Now with a unique style developed from a mix of old school Pantera groove and the intense blasting styles of todays death metal leaders, Matt DeGroot and his band are making a name for themselves in the Midwest and even further around the county. Check out Matt and his band’s latest release “Epedemic” Available now.
Matt DeGroot Interview:
SD.com: How old were you when you started playing?
Matt: I was only 7 years old when my dad got me my first drum set for my birthday.
SD.com: Did you play in a school band or any drum corps?
Matt: No but i wish i would have.
SD.com: Who are your top 5 influences?
Matt: Vinnie Paul, Lord Marco, Brett Batdorf, Tim Yung, and Chris Adler.
SD.com: Assuming that influences doesn’t mean favorites, who are your favorites?
Matt: Vinny Paul, Deric Roddy, John Bodom, Shannon Larkin, ect. There are too many to really list.
SD.com: Let us know 5 CD’s that are in your current rotation
Matt: Pantera (Great Southern Trend Kill), The Faceless (Akeldama ), Divine Heresy ( Bleed The Fifth ), Suicide Silence ( The Cleansing) and Through the Eyes of the Dead ( Malice)
SD.com: What do you do to warm up before a show?
Matt: I do all the stretches that Lord Marco shows on his DVD and i hook up my Axis AL-2 Longboards to my bass drum, set up my snare, and sit there and practice for about 10 to 15 minutes.
SD.com: Can you remember a night you think was your best playing ever? If yes, when and where?
Matt: Yes, we were playing with Gwar, Devil Driver, and A Dozen Furies at the Eagles Club in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
SD.com: Do you have a favorite brand of drums or cymbals?
Matt: Yes, my favorite brand of drums is Pearl, and my favorite cymbals are Paiste.
SD.com: If you could give one piece of advice to young drummers, it would be…
Matt: Take every bit of advice from any type of drummer, such as jazz, metal, rock n roll any thing to improve your drumming skills, and also buy any instructional videos.
SD.com: Who gave the best live performance you’ve ever seen?
Matt: I would have to say Iron Maiden.
SD.com: If you had to stop drumming, what would you want to do with your life?
Matt: I would go into the recording and producing music business.