Ian Matthews


Four Number one albums, stadium tours, Glastonbury, Reading, V and T In The Park Festival headliners and a decade-long career: Kasabian are possibly the biggest guitar band in the UK today!

The band's songs are the soundtrack to many a night out and Kasabian have won over millions of fans, and as their drummer, Ian Matthews plays a crucial role for the chart-topping band.

Ian started drumming aged only four, when a babysitter taught him his first beats! By age seven he helped out his dad’s band at social clubs around Bristol, which led to a job in the Hippodrome theatre orchestra pit.

Ian's big break with Kasabian came in early 2004 when the Leicester band recorded demo tracks for their first album in Bristol’s Bink Bonk Studios. He drummed on ‘Processed Beats’ and ‘Butcher Blues’ — songs that became hits, ending up on their debut LP.

Ian is a regular visiting faculty tutor across all of our BIMM colleges and emphasises the power and importance of dedication to your craft, describing how he, “would practice for five hours a day, and then play gigs in the evening.

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