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 Prelude:

 My body and soul unleashed unto this world January-26-2006.

 Music was constant in my family and open to explore. At age 3 my curious head   discovered the piano in our house. Soon after I found the guitar. I needed more. 

 By age of 4, and still exploring, I pulled junk from the garage and made my own kit.

 I sat on a blue bucket with chopsticks in hand and played on the driveway.

 My dad noticed this, it was then he introduced me to something magical that changed   my life, a real drum kit and "The 2 & 4" groove. I began music lessons immediately.

 I was tapping on anything within reach, I still do.

 I discovered that drumming drives all music to stay on course and controlled the feel.   Plus, it was so much more fun.  

 Today:

 Guitar and piano are still in my life; however, my soul belongs to percussions. This   early form of communication and dance continues to possess me. I continue to seek 

 new techniques and styles. I try to keep sharp by playing live, recording often, and   practicing a lot. I balance it all while maintaining a formal musical education. All in   effort to better myself in this journey.

 Education:

 I was on to something. With proper education and practice I started hearing results.

 1-     My earliest of lessons began with Piano with Lindsay Bond. She set the level of   fun. Yes she did make piano fun.

 2-      At 10 years old, I enrolled in an entry level guitar and drum program at "Rock This   Way" The teachers taught me the fundamentals along with basic music theory.

 3-      At 13 years old I knew I wanted to focus on drumming and I went for a higher   learning. I was under Jeff Salem as his student.

 4-      At 14 years old I was accepted and enrolled into Berklee Music University. My first   intense drumming program was completed with a 4.0 GPA, being the youngest in the   program. I began earning university credits prior to starting high school. My professors   were Skip Hadden, Yoron Israel and Jim Payne. I'm presently an undergrad at Berklee. 

 5-     Presently I'm in high school at Mayfield Secondary School - (Regional Arts   Program). It is the finest music high school in the country that requires students to   audition to attend. I was granted a first round entry. 

 6-     Lastly, I continue to study privately (weekly) outside of high school, with

 A) drummer Jeff Salem (Pro sessions drummer)

 B) Steve Mancuso (Music PHD candidate - Humber University of Music)  

 C) Michelle Redwood (RCM Theory Masters in Music Theory). 

 I feel I'm on the right track. 

 Ahead:

 Outside of school, I often perform live in a band that I've been the active drummer   since 2018. We are about to release our first EP.  Occasionally I'm invited to contribute   as a session drummer for other artists. My quest for percussion perfection will   continue.

 This bio really has no end. 

  Matteo

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 “There’s a big difference between thrashing around on drums, guitar or any   (instrument) as opposed to a schooled, serious approach ... where it’s not just a   hobby, but what they want to do in life," Ludwig said." I always keep my eyes open for   that because you never know when the next Beatles or Led Zeppelin are going to roll   through.” 

 - William Ludwig III.

 (Interview about Matteo Vena TORSTAR news Monday Dec 2nd 2019)


 "Matteo Vena, definitely a young man to watch. Only early teens and hanging tough   this summer in Berklee’s Rock Drums. He possesses potential of the highest order and   am looking for him to BE..."                                                                          -   -   - Skip Hadden.

 Professor at Berklee College of Music (Boston)

 "Matteo Vena is definitely an up-and-coming drummer. I taught him R&B/Funk

 Drums course for Berklee College of Music and he showed lots of creativity and

 spark in his playing. He's a dedicated musician and I expect that the music world

 will hear about him in the near future".

 - Jim Payne. Legendary funk drummer 

 and  Professor at Berklee College of Music (Boston)

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MATTEO VENA_endorsements

Drums:
WFLIII Drums & Percussion

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Sticks and Mallets:

Los Cabos  Drumsticks

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Drum Heads:

ATTACK Drum Heads

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Hardware:

Trick Pedals and Hardware

https://www.trickdrums.com/

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Cymbals:

Soultone Cymbals

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Full Circle Company.

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