|Baltimore native Matt Halpern, formerly with the Washington D.C. based group Animals as Leaders, joined the progressive metal band Periphery in 2009.
Powered by Mapex, Matt Halpern plays on the Saturn Series drumkit as well as the revolutionary Falcon Double Pedal. Cymbals: Meinl.
Matt Halpern is also the co-founder of the online music lesson website BandHappy.
From a Drum Channel Interview:
I've been playing drums for a long time. I am 27 and I started when I was about three or four.
I just have a lot of experience with different styles of music. I've had a lot of different experiences with solo drumming and solo performance, I have worked on rudiments and the basics all the way up to playing every style of music possible. Like I said, I've played with a lot of musicians over the years who were a lot older and a lot better than me and they kind of helped me mold into who I am, just by telling me: "play softer, play louder, play harder here."
Playing with musicians better than me - whether they play guitar or bass - I can learn so much from them.
I think over the years of playing with different people and playing so many different styles of music, I have just been able to really pick up and learn things very quickly. For me, if I hear it and if I understand it, then I can usually play it. I think it has just been experience over the years and I have been lucky to play with great musicians.