Fastest Drummer - Matt Smith- World Record (Traditional Grip)





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Published on Jul 11, 2008

18 year old Matt Smith, Zildjian artist and one of "Drum" Magazine's Rising Star Winners, breaks a five year old world record originally owned by Mike Mangini, June 26 2008.

In an era of false speed drumming claims via youtube and other means, Matt has held or continues to hold seven world records through verfiable legitimate competition/ the only resource where actual world records are recognized by a governing body.

Matt Smith speed drumming world records.

Traditional grip: 1132 singles in 60 seconds (all ages/ all time).

Endurance: 5132 singles in 5 consecutive minutes (all ages/ all time).

Youngest to score 1000 or more in a world championship: 1061, January 2006, age 16 years 3 weeks.

Youngest to score 1000 or more in any sanctioned WFD event: 15 years, 7 months.

Youngest to score 1100 or more in a world championship or any officially sanctioned WFD event: 16 year, 6 months.

Youngest world champion: 16 years 6 months.

16 and under world record holder (2005-2007).

Matt is the son and grandson of two accomplished jazz musicians. His father served as a Fulbright Professor of Jazz in Romania, Serbia, and South Africa, led a celebrated big band in the 1980s, and was named the 2008 recipient of the IAJE Jazz Ambassador Award. Matt's grandfather was New Orleans' best known jazz trombonist a decade before, a pioneering jazz educator, and a performer with several national orchestras.

Matt was introduced to the drums at age 9, when Louie Bellson (one of his father's performing acquaintances) gave him his first pair of drumsticks. Matt's official debut occured at age 12, when he performed for a jazz combo on Romanian National Television.

At age 14, Matt recorded his first album under his own name (Coltrane Redeux) featuring an all star European jazz lineup. In 2005 (without Bellson's knowledge), Matt entered the Louie Bellson National Drumset Competition, and became the youngest finalist in that competition's history.

From 2005-2008 he held a number of speed drumming world records, and in 2007, set the world speed endurance record when he performed 5132 single strokes in five consecutive minutes. On June 26, 2008 Matt broke Dream Theater drummer Mike Mangini's 4 year old traditional grip world speed record, when he recorded 1132 single strokes played in 1 minute, making him the world's fastest verifiable traditional grip drummer of all time.

Since 2005, Matt has performed and been interviewed on numerous American media outlets, including PBS, CBS Radio and CNN. In 2008, a PBS news segment featuring Matt and drummer Johnny Rabb was nominated for an Arts and Entertainment News Documentary Emmy Award.

At age 18, with speed drumming activities behind him, Matt began performing with a variety of diverse world class bands showcasing jazz, rock, hip hop, pop, funk and blues. In 2008 he was named a runnerup in the Rising Star category of the Drum Magazine Readers Poll, and has appeared as an endorser/ clinician/ performer at several NAMM conventions.

Matt is a 2009 graduate of the Atlanta Institute of Music, and from 2009-2011 resided in Europe, where he performed regularly throughout the continent with numerous ensembles, and international festivals, including as house drummer for millions of viewers on the weekly blues television show Acadeaua. In 2011 Matt relocated to Nashville, TN where he is an in demand session drummer alongside tours and recordings with country star Anthony K.


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