Former Pearl Jam drummer Matt Chamberlain has confirmed that he is recording with Adele.
Chamberlin told Eddie Trunk on his podcast, “I think with most people that are icons like that, it’s just ‘holy shit’ the whole time because you just get in, you’re in their world for that time you’re working with them, and it’s just ‘holy shit.’ Whoever it is, it’s like, ‘Oh my god, they’re incredible!’ That’s why they are who they are.
I mean, this past week I just did, I generally do sessions with people – I’m like a session musician I guess, that’s my day job – and I just got to work on some new music for Adele, and to hear that voice in my headphones was getting me chills.
It was just so powerful and emotive. You know her voice, but to be across the room from somebody doing that, it’s just insane.
You hear it on the radio and whatever and you go, ‘Yeah, it’s really good,’ but to be in the room with these people and feel that energy, it’s just so heavy. She’s writing some new material with her songwriter Rick Nowels, she wanted to do it with some drums and so we just put our masks on, she was in the room – yeah, holy shit.”
Ultimate-Guitar transcribed Chamberlain’s remarks. Chamberlain briefly played in Pearl Jam in 1991, and later toured with Soundgarden in 2014 as a stand in for Matt Cameron on a tour with Nine Inch Nails, as Cameron was busy with Pearl Jam commitments at the time. Chamberlain now played with Stone Gossard in Painted Shield.