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Matthew Reid Johnson / Bio

A deep and abiding interest in all kinds of music bloomed early in the desert sands of Kuwait where I grew up. I devoured BBC Radio's "Top of the Pops" on a weekly basis, and when I first heard Jethro Tull in 1974 as a middle-schooler in India, I realized that there was a different kind of rock music out there that stimulated more than just hormones. During high school I discovered Rush, Genesis, Yes, and Kansas as well, and the understanding dawned that this was my music; these are my people. My first job was gotten expressly to buy myself a drum kit, and when I did, all bets were off. I immersed myself in drumming, never taking any lessons except that taught me by my heroes; Neil Peart, Phil Collins, Bill Bruford, Alan White, Chester Thompson, Barriemore Barlowe, and Phil Ehart. During the 80s I was in a working bar band of absolutely no import, and that experience, coupled with the death of my best friend and partner in musical crime, galvanized me to go it alone. During the 90s I gradually built my home studio, honing my skills, such as they are, in other instruments as well, writing and recording my own music, posting it on the now-defunct (at least in its original, more useful, state) MP3.com, culminating in my latest experiment here. It has been a long hard road, and the road goes ever on and on. I hope others can enjoy what I've created at least half as much as I've enjoyed creating it.

General Info

Band Members
Just me and the occasional cat
Artist Name
Matthew Reid Johnson
Home Page
http://www.reverbnation.com/matthewreidjohnson
Active Since
11/88
Genres
Rock / Progressive Rock

Contact Info

Location
Katy, TX

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