Matthew McDonough

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Matthew McDonough
Drummer - Heavy metal, alternative metal

Bands: Mudvayne

Drumsticks: Ahead

Matthew McDonough (born March 12, 1969) is the drummer for heavy metal band Mudvayne (1996–present). McDonough is the band's original drummer and has appeared and performed on every release by Mudvayne. He holds a respected place in the world of drumming for his signature drumming style.

Within Mudvayne, Matthew is the person who was probably the most influential in setting the direction for the concept themes on the band's first two albums. Matthew is also known for composing, recording, mixing, and mastering the electronic interludes on both L.D. 50 and The End of All Things to Come.

For his solo work, Matthew released his first album under the alias "MjDawn", called Frequency Response in 2008. In the album, he is experimenting with acoustic drumming and Electronica. Matthew, as MjDawn, also has several side projects both with ambient/electronica artist Vir Unis under the band name 'MiKroNaught' and with guitarist RFSans under the band name ultrAtheist.

On the production side of the music industry, he is co-owner of the label AtmoWorks together with Vir Unis.

McDonough spent his formative years in Rockford, Illinois, while attending Rockford East High School and as a member of the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps. Matt is currently in a band called On the Shoulders of Giants.


He uses Pearl Drums, Alchemy Cymbals, Easton Ahead Signature Drum sticks, Easton Ahead Drum Gloves, Evans Drum heads, Pearl Masterworks Kit with custom Tobacco Fade Finish and custom Satin Chrome Hardware.

Drumstick Collection

Current Drumstick Count in Collection: 2.

(0000) Matthew McDonough - retail Ahead signature drumsticks.
0272-0273 Matthew McDonough - used, autographed Ahead signature drumsticks, 12/12/2008, Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA.