Upon arriving at the University of North Texas, Matt was asked to join Grammy winning artist Bob Belden in the revival of the group Animation with Tim Hagans. In 2012, Animation released Transparent Heart on the UK label RareNoiseRecords, which was reviewed in many publications including New York Music Daily:
“If there’s any star of this album, it’s Young, with his sledgehammer attack on the kick drum: even when the music reaches a lull, he never lets the intensity diminish, and fuels the many crescendos here with a mighty force that somehow manages to be more matter-of-fact than dramatic.”
Animation recorded their upcoming release, Machine Language, at Orange Sound Studios in October of 2014 with Bill Laswell on electric bass. It will be released on RareNoise Records (UK).
In the Summer of 2014, Matt was invited to be a part of the Ravinia Steans Music Institute for Jazz in Chicago where he studied composition (with Rufus Reid, Curtis Fuller, David Baker, and Nathan Davis) and performed original music with a handful of his peers from around the world. In the Spring of 2015, Matt was a participant of Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead 2015 residency program. The two-week-long residency was held at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., where he worked with Program Director Jason Moran, and faculty members: Eric Harland, Carmen Lundy, Andre Hayward, Cyrus Chestnut, Eric Revis, and J.D. Allen.
Matt has performed internationally including recent performances at the 30th Annual Fajr Int’l Music Festival in Tehran, Iran, the Voll-Damm Jazz Festival in Barcelona and XXIII Festival Internacional de Jazz Ciudad de Almeria in Almeria, Spain, venues in London, England, Canada, Mexico, and all around the US. He has performed with a wide variety of artists such as Jean-Michel Pilc, Mike Stern, Tim Green, Christian McBride, and Tim Hagans to name a few.
In 2010, Matt was the first place winner in the “Jazz” category of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS) International Drum Set Competition adjudicated by Jeff Hamilton, Matt Wilson, and Stanton Moore.