Where is Matty B? (Interview)
The certified joker has apparently been reported missing somewhere deep underground in Western Australia. Close friends said the last time they saw
him he was out in the mines and has failed to surface since 2006. His classic track ‘Fridays’ still scores huge requests on triple J at the end of
the working week and by digging our way down we managed to catch him in between shifts to get the latest update on his plans for the future and his
upcoming tour put on by the Stylewise crew.
Your last ep came out in 2006 are we going to see a new album anytime soon?
‘I have no plans for a new CD at the moment. I am working on the mines in WA and that’s taking up a lot of my time. If I got a hold of some beats I
really liked then yeah for sure, but they would have to be the types of beats that made me want to freestyle and record at the same time’.
‘As far as sitting at a desk with beats I’m not really into and trying to write on paper no thanks, but if I had time to jam out to good beats in a
good environment who knows’.
I was pretty surprised to find out that you were a pro surfer before you got into Hip-hop how did the transition come about?
‘I did a couple of Australian circuit comps in 98 but wasn’t really good enough, there’s so many good surfers around but I always wanted to rap from a
young age so I met the downside lads by chance one night in 99 and it all started with a few free styles outside the Hyde Park hotel’.
‘A few months later I had recorded my first song ‘Courageous’, Optumus suggested I submit for the Culture of Kings 1 CD and it got accepted then it
just went on from there’.
You’ve started your own label B-style Entertainment, what made you move out and do things on your own?
‘My first CD was on B-Style distributed by Obese, a deal made between myself and Shazlekone, the original owner. I guess I just wanted it to be my
own product. That feeling of rapping, recording, organising and manufacturing a release with my own money made it more of a personal achievement for
me. On the second disc it was pretty much the same story, I just got Adam at Shogun to distribute it. So I didn’t move out on my own, I always was
on my own and that’s generally how I like to be with business. Partnerships can ruin friendships; it’s easier to keep business and personal
Do you pay any attention to other artists in the Oz Hip-hop scene because you seem to do your own thing?
‘I think there are so many good Aussie hip hop artists I look up to but I am from a surf/skate/punk/metal background as well as having tastes in so
many other types of music. I’m from the beach and not the streets; I never did graff so maybe that’s what makes me seem to be doing my own thing. I
love so many Aussie hip hop artists as brothers and compared to their music I don’t feel like I am that good of a rapper, they’re so dope, full
You’ve escaped the mines to do some shows on the east coast of QLD what’s in store for the Hip-hop community?
‘I will be doing two shows, one on the Sunshine Coast at Club Envy on the 8th of January and one on the Gold Coast at the Shark Bar on 15th. I
really hope to bring a good vibe where people are peaceful and having heaps of fun. I will be doing tracks from both CDs and will be supported by the
Rukus crew and Beavis will be spinning for me, so a great night should be had by all Oz hip hop, don’t stop.
[Edited on 19-10-2010 by ReCon]
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