Matt’s love of music started at the age of 5 while playing the bongos listening to records with his parents. Artists like Perez Perado, Tito Puente, Harry Belefonte, Johnny Cash and Tom Jones were always spinning on the record player. By the age of 10, Matt was learning his rudiments in a marching and concert band. Some of Matt’s influences include Mitch Mitchell, Buddy Rich, Ginger Baker, Michael Shrieve, Keith Moon, Billy Cobham, and Manu Katche.
Matt Frenette joined Streetheart in Regina, Saskatchewan in 1977. Matt, along with singer Kenny Shields, keyboard player Daryl Gutheil, bassist Ken Sinnaeve and guitar player Paul Dean released their debut album Meanwhile Back in Paris in 1978.
In 1979, Frenette left Streetheart and moved to Vancouver, where he joined Paul Dean, Mike Reno and Doug Johnson in Loverboy. They have since produced seven studio albums plus compilations and live albums, and a number of hit singles in Canada and the United States.
At the 2009 Juno Awards Matt was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame as a member of Loverboy.
Matt’s solid groove and his visually exciting performance has created a demand for his appearance in many different artists’ recordings, videos and tours. ie: Loverboy, Streetheart, Tom Cochrane, Bryan Adams, Kim Mitchell, Colin James and many other talented musicians. His ability to remain current and “hip” is only paralleled by his passion and energy for performing on the drum kit.