Originally from Memphis, Nashville resident, Matthew Skoda, began his drumming about the time he could talk. When asked by his grandmother what he wanted for Christmas, he immediately said "drum".
He got his first drum at two years of age and he was on his way. At four, Matt entered formal lessons at the local church conservatory and furthered his lessons and performance efforts while at School of Rock. This culminated in his first public gig on his ninth birthday at the Hard Rock Cafe in Memphis on Beale Street!
Matthew continued his drumming lessons in addition to his work with the School of Rock until moving to Nashville in 2015. It was there that his music training would be furthered by Jon Hull, who also works with Jason Aldean's band and lead drummer, Rich Redmond. Greg Upchurch of 3 Doors Down is his drum coach.
Matt formed his band in January of 2017. SKODA plays classic & southern rock covers and their original music. The band has written and released several singles on Spotify and all major music platforms. SKODA is signed with the Iron Gate Records label and will release an EP in the summer of 2021.
He continues his formal lessons along with the band's practice sessions that take place weekly in his home studio. He has been mentored by drum legends Rich Redmond of Jason Aldean, Troy Luccketta of Tesla and Todd Sucherman of Styx. And of course, drummer Greg Upchurch of 3 Door Down.
In addition to his drumming, Matt works with Lady A guitarist, Adam Fluher on guitar and music theory and takes vocal lessons. He's building his production chops working with Grammy winning producer, Steve Bisher. Matt records & produces for SKODA on their demos with his own production company, Iron Gate Studios.