Matt Garstka is regarded as one of the key progressive drummers of his generation. With a Berklee education on his side and gigging experience since age 12 it's no wonder he teamed up with Animals as Leaders. He is by no means simply a metal drummer. His stylistic background in chronological order goes as such - blues, rock, reggae, funk, fusion, latin, punk, jazz, metal, R&B, gospel and whatever style you would call Animals as Leaders (Progressive Instrumental Jazz Metal?). The Malcolm Gladwell theory suggests you need about 10,000 hours of doing something to become a master at it. Matt has currently amassed somewhere near 25,000 hours and has no plan on stopping. He states - "if you're truly passionate about something, you won't mind working your ass off for it". And there it is!