Matt Poynter

367 – [Listener Spotlight] Matt Poynter (The Hip Abduction): Putting in the work

Matt Poynter is a go-getter. He’s not afraid to lay it out on the line to do what he’s always wanted to do – play drums full time. For Matt, his story starts with him as a teenager trying to figure out how to make a career in music and now tells a completely different story of a successful, touring drummer with major credits and live experiences that some would die for, including a stint opening for Galactic. While he may not be a household name yet, keep your eyes peeled for Matt as he’s continuously working his way up the ranks as one the rising stars in the drumming world.

Matt Poynter talks about:

  • How he got into playing
  • The deciding factor that made him want to pursue music full-time
  • The lean years of working in a restaurant and gigging to pay the bills
  • How The Hip Abduction started
  • Daily habits
  • Books he’s reading
  • Dealing with self-doubt
  • much more

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Matt Poynter plays:

  • Crush Drums
  • VIc Firth Sticks

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