Matt McGinley: A Gym Class Hero Is Something To Be

Matt McGinley

Class Honors

While on tour with Heroes, McGinley is diligently chipping away at completing his college degree by taking online classes from Boston University. “I feel like, as a professional musician and a full-time touring musician, it’s important to balance your life with something else,” he says. “It’s not for something to fall back on, as people say. It’s mainly to bring balance to your life. I’ve really enjoyed having something that’s so different from what I’ve been focused on right now.”

Far too busy to study his craft in the past, McGinley has trained his eye on getting back into the woodshed. “I’d really love to study with a drummer in R&B or gospel drums, and just get really sick at that. If nothing else, I’d really love to take lessons again, to incorporate something else into my playing. As a musician, there are always new tricks you can learn.”

And plenty of time to work that into Gym Class Heroes too. “Longevity is the name of the game for us,” he says. “We’re in this for a serious amount of time. I look up to bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers to guide my career. A band like that has been making and pioneering great music for years and years. We aspire to do that – to create music that pushes the envelope and sounds different.

“I really hope to grow old with my bandmates. I hope to be performing Gym Class Heroes songs when I have gray hair and I have a walker.”

McGinley’s Kit

Matt McGinley

DRUMS SJC Drums (Red/White Barber Pole)
1 20" x 18" Bass Drum
2 14" x 6.5" Snare Drum
3 14" x 5" Effects Snare
4 12" x 9" Rack Tom
5 14" x 12" Floor Tom
6 16" x 16" Floor Tom

CYMBALS Zildjian
A 14" K Custom Mastersound Hi-Hats
B 14" K Custom Fast Crash
C 18" A Custom Projection Crash
D 19" A Custom Projection Crash
E 20" K Custom Medium Ride

Matt McGinley also uses DW hardware, Remo heads, and Vic Firth sticks.

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