Born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, Matt Zappa is an alum of Berklee College of Music. His early knowledge of music came from listening to big band, hip hop, and Motown, leading to a love of all forms of percussion. He started playing drums at the age of 14, and he immersed himself immediately in the diverse and competitive New England music scene. There, he played in and filled in for bands of many different styles such as funk, rock, hardcore, latin, jazz fusion, and metal.
His early heroes in drumming were Joe Morello, Steve Gadd, Mike Portnoy, Raymond Herrera, Sean Reinert, and Vinnie Colaiuta but the drummer that changed his view on music was Billy Cobham. He is currently the drummer of both the progressive metal band, Protean Collective and the chiptune rock band, Robot and the Wizard. In addition, he is a session musician/clinician and a radio DJ. He has been voted the Best Drummer in Boston by Shakefist Magazine, took 2nd place at the NH Drumfest 2014, is endorsed by Rich Drum Sticks, and is a radio DJ at WEMF’s Citywide Blackout.