Matthew Atkins grew up in the Canadian music scene. Filling many roles throughout the years, he is best known as a drummer and percussionist, with many years of live touring and studio session experience. In addition, he has worked as a tour manager on both domestic and international tours, a promoter rep, a band leader and arranger, musical director, a management/agency administrator, as well as a booking agent.
Matthew graduated with honours from the Musician’s Institute (PIT) in 1992, winning the Zildjian Human Relations award, as voted by the faculty and student body. Matthew is a three time Canadian Country Music Association award winner, and has the most “drummer of the year” final ballot nominations of anyone in CCMA history (15). In addition, Matthew is a recipient of the Alberta Recording Industries Association “Session Player Of The Year”, as well as the 2019 British Columbia Country Music Association – All Star Band – Drums award.
Matthew is extremely proud to be a member of both the Sabian cymbals artist family, and the Remo percussion artist family.