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Matthew Helders (born 7 May 1986), is the drummer for the band Arctic Monkeys and Mongrel. He is the most comprehensive backing vocalist, appearing in the tracks "You Probably Couldn't See For the Lights But You Were Looking Straight at Me" "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor", "Teddy Picker", "Who The Fuck Are Arctic Monkeys?", "Balaclava" "What If You Were Right The First Time" and "D Is For Dangerous". He is seen as the band's "quietly amiable diplomat".

Role as drummer

Helders has said that he ended up playing drums as "that was the only thing left. When we started the band none of us played anything. We just put it together. They all had guitars and I bought a drum kit after a bit". However, Helders has stated the influence rap music has had on the band, saying "We were rap fans at school more than now...it still influences us in some ways, like for me, it's the drummin'. The groove element, like foon-keh music" . In addition, Helders cites seeing Queens of the Stone Age as the biggest influence on his development as a drummer, saying "the one thing that changed me most was seeing Queens of the Stone Age live at a festival last year...as soon as they came off I was like 'Fuck – I need to start hitting harder'." Helders also explained the band's insistence on singing in their native Sheffield accent, saying, "when you talk between the songs at a gig and you're speakin' English in our normal accent, it seems a bit strange when you burst into song like you're from California or something...it looks a bit daft" .

In a similar fashion to other members of the band, Helders has remained true to his hometown roots, suggesting that seeing places all over the world makes him more appreciative of Sheffield, which still provides the basis for the band's lyrics. "And all around you, there's still plenty of things to write about. Touring lets you see a lot of places that you realise you wouldn't want to live in...and when you come home, it's pretty easy to slip into your old ways, to all the places you've always gone." Helders also points out that despite the fame of the band, he can still avoid being mobbed in the street - "If we all go out together at night clubbing, it's difficult, but alone you don't get recognised much." Although he continued to live at home with his parents during the band's early career, Helders has followed Cook in moving into his own house, but has nonetheless stayed in the Sheffield area, saying "we still all live in the same place we grew up. It's probably just how we were brought up. We're never going to move away to London."

Outside of Arctic Monkeys

Helders remixed “We Rule The World ”, the Hives's fourth single from "The Black and White Album", and "Skin Divers", Duran Duran's second single from "Red Carpet Massacre". He is rumoured to be drumming on the Prodigy's new album. He recently drummed with We Are Scientists at some of their recent UK shows as well as remixing their second single "Chick Lit" as a b-side for the vinyl release. He is featured on Toddla T's new album "Skanky Skanky". He also remixed "Again & Again" for Roots Manuva, which gained airplay from Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1.

In August 2008, it was announced that Helders would compile the latest release in the LateNightTales DJ mix CD series, that was released on 27 October 2008. The set entitled Late Night Tales: Matt Helders included a spoken work track performed and written by bandmate Alex Turner.

Solo discography

Albums

Singles
  • 2008: "Dreamer" (featuring Nesreen Shah)


As featured performer
  • 2008: Mongrel - "Barcode" (featuring Pariz 1, Tor Cesay, Mpho, Saul Williams and Matt Helders)
  • 2008: Mongrel - "The Menace" (featuring Lowkey and Matt Helders)
  • 2009: Toddla T - "Boom Dj From The Steel City"
  • 2009: Toddla T - "Better"


Remixes

Clothing line

Helders has released his own clothing line, consisting of a jacket, a zip hood and three t-shirts. The garments went on sale in May 2007 with sales accompanied by a CD featuring an Arctic Monkeys remix by Matt himself and Supreme Being designer Skuff. One pound from each sale will go to the Arthur Rank Hospice.

Equipment

RCI with Premier Hardware (LUGS):Solid White and Clear Spiral24"x18" Bass Drum16"x16" Floor Tom13"x8" Rack TomLudwig Vistalight 14"x4.5" Snare

Pearl Drums 2000 Series:X2 Snare Stand (one for Tom and one for snare)

Drum Workshop 9000 Hardware:Kick drum pedal-9500 Hi Hat standX2 9710 Straight Cymbal Stand

Evans Drumheads:Snare Evans EC Coated,EC2 Clear Toms,EMAD2 Kick Drum

Zildjianmarker:14" Avedis Mastersounds Hi-Hats18" A Custom Fast Crash20" A Series Crash Ride

Matt recorded Arctic monkeys most recent album 'Humbug' on a 1971 Ludwig, in black bowling ball wrap with a 22x14 Kick, 13x9 rack, 16x16 floor and a ludwig 402 snare.

Sticks:Vater 3a Fatback

References

  1. http://www.latenight-tales.co.uk/content/matt-helders-from-the-arctic-monkeys-to-compile-the-next-latenighttales


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