Matthew Louis Pence (born April 13, 1972) is an American recording engineer, producer, drummer.[1] He owns and manages The Echo Lab studio in Denton, Texas.[2][3]

Matt Pence
True Widow at Echo Lab - Matt Pence.jpg
Matt Pence at Echo Lab working on record by True Widow
Background information
Birth nameMatthew Louis Pence
Born (1972-04-13) April 13, 1972 (age 47)
St. Louis, Missouri U.S.
Years active1996–present
Associated acts

Early life and educationEdit

Pence is from St. Louis, Missouri.[3]

In 1990, Pence moved to Denton, Texas to study jazz at University of North Texas College of Music.[3]


In 1996, Pence did his first recording for a drummer friend on their record.[3]

In 1999, musician and mastering engineer Dave Willingham created The Echo Lab studio outside the woods in Denton, Texas. In 2006, Pence and musician / engineer Matthew Barnhart became co-owners with Willingham of his Echo Lab studio.[2][4] Pence is currently the full owner of The Echo Lab.[5]

International bands from Australia, Britain, and other places, like Sweard from Spain and Horse Company from Holland, have all recorded at The Echo Lab.[3]

From 1997 until 2014, Pence played drums in the alternative country band Centro-matic. He was also the drummer in the Centro-matic-fueled band, South San Gabriel.[6]

Pence has also had a long-time collaboration with musician Sarah Jaffe, co-producing her 2011 record, The Way Sound Leaves a Room and her 2017 record, Bad Baby, as well as touring with Jaffe as her drummer.[7]

In 2004, Pence mixed American Music Club's album called Love Songs For Patriots. He also recorded the song "Song Of The Rats Leaving The Sinking Ship".

Pence produced the forthcoming 2020 record by John Moreland, called LP5, which will feature contributions from Centro-matic's Will Johnson, as well as Bonnie Whitmore and Moreland's long-time bandmate, John Calvin Abney.[8]

In addition to his work as a drummer, producer, and engineer, Pence is a photographer.[9]


  • 2011: Dallas Observer Music Awards, Producer of the Year (nominee)[10]
  • 2017: Dallas Observer Music Awards, Best Drummer[11]

General discographyEdit



Selected discographyEdit

Centro-matic and associated projectsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Hopkins, Daniel (30 August 2012). "Seven of the Best Drummers in DFW". Dallas Observer.
  2. ^ a b Firstley, Ashley-Crystal (16 September 2010). "Recording studio gives bands creative freedom". North Texas Daily.
  3. ^ a b c d e Jones, Abby (4 May 2017). "Little studio in the woods". North Texas Daily. p. 6 – via Issuu.
  4. ^ Sims, Dave (29 May 2008). "The Echo Lab Is An Extension Of Denton's Scene". Dallas Observer.
  5. ^ Willingham, David (2 June 2012). "David Willingham: About". 70 hurtz audio. Retrieved 13 November 2019.
  6. ^ Freeman, Doug (12 December 2014). "Centro-Matic Packs It In". The Austin Chronicle.
  7. ^ a b Dearmore, Kelly (5 July 2017). "4 musical stages of Sarah Jaffe, in honor of her excellent new album 'Bad Baby'". The Dallas Morning News.
  8. ^ a b Trigger (18 October 2019). "John Moreland Announces New Album "LP5" – Releases New Song". Saving Country Music.
  9. ^ "Matt Pence & Will Johnson Photo + Art Show". Undertow Music. 6 August 2009.
  10. ^ Freedman, Pete (19 October 2011). "DOMAXXIII: Announcing Your 2011 Dallas Observer Music Awards Winners..." Dallas Observer.
  11. ^ North, Caroline (6 December 2017). "The 2017 Dallas Observer Music Awards Winners". Dallas Observer.
  12. ^ Blackstock, Peter (25 August 2018). "This week's music picks: Graham Reynolds, Flynt Flossy, Carolina Story". Austin American-Statesman.
  13. ^ Sutlief, Shannon (20 June 2002). "Even Handed". Dallas Observer.
  14. ^ Guarino, Mark (31 August 2006). "The Drams - Back from the Bone break". No Depression (65).
  15. ^ Fahy, James P. (20 November 2006). "Band of the Week: Glossary". Paste Magazine.
  16. ^ Freeman, Doug (20 April 2007). "Robert Gomez: Brand New Towns Album Review". The Austin Chronicle.
  17. ^ Dansby, Andrew (1 February 2009). "Q&A: Jason Isbell". Lone Star Music Magazine.
  18. ^ Powell, Austin (8 October 2010). "The Sound and the Fury: Austin's own Monster of Folk, Will Johnson". The Austin Chronicle.
  19. ^ "MP3 At 3PM: The Foxymorons". Magnet Magazine. 2 October 2010.
  20. ^ Dearmore, Kelly (1 March 2014). "The Bigsbys: "Good Will Suitcase"". Lone Star Music Magazine.
  21. ^ Caligiuri, Jim (23 May 2014). "Collin Herring". The Austin Chronicle.
  22. ^ Dearmore, Kelly (4 November 2015). "Foxymorons Are a Local Band Who Aren't Really Local and Kind of Not Even a Band". Dallas Observer.
  23. ^ Jones, Preston (4 November 2015). "Lone Star Sounds: New music from Denim Wonder".
  24. ^ Basedow, Neph (21 August 2015). "Redeye: The Memory Layers Album Review". The Austin Chronicle.
  25. ^ Mooney, Thomas (19 September 2016). "Q&A: Rodney Parker". Lone Star Music Magazine.
  26. ^ Wood, Marie (2 March 2017). "Interview "This is for the love of the art": DiS Meets Lift To Experience". DrownedInSound.
  27. ^ Breeding, Lucinda (11 October 2017). "With first album, Denton's Tomkat ready for prime time". Denton Record-Chronicle.
  28. ^ Dearmore, Kelly (10 April 2018). "Former Denton musician Josh T. Pearson debuts new record on Friday the 13th ... before mankind is wiped out". The Dallas Morning News.
  29. ^ Smith, Nathan (24 August 2016). "Spotlight On… Claire Morales". Texas Music Magazine (67).
  30. ^ "E.B. The Younger announces debut album "To Each His Own"" (Press release). Bella Union. 2019.
  31. ^ Irons, Aaron (10 October 2019). "Still Belonging: John Moreland Shares Details On New Album". Sound & Soul of Central Georgia.
  32. ^ Chamy, Michael (1 November 2002). "Will Johnson: Murder of Tides Album Review". The Austin Chronicle.
  33. ^ Chamy, Michael (12 September 2003). "Centro-Matic Reviewed". The Austin Chronicle.
  34. ^ "Field of Dreams: A nine-inning sampler of Johnson's best songs". The Austin Chronicle. 8 October 2010.
  35. ^ Markel, Jim (2011). "Centro-matic: Candidate Waltz". Swampland.
  36. ^ Mongillo, Peter (11 September 2012). "Will Johnson calls on longtime bandmate for solo effort". Austin American-Statesman.
  37. ^ Kelly, Jennifer (2 September 2014). "Beating the Odds: Centro-Matic". Blurt Magazine.

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