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    Mattafix: Marlon Roudette

    Mattafix for young Vincy

    A young Vincentian, Marlon Roudette, has hit the music scene in Europe, taking Vincy talent further into international recognition.

    Marlon named his new band 'Mattafix,' a fond expression of his past teacher, Sister Pat Douglas, who taught him Chemistry at St. Joseph's Convent Marriaqua.

    With family extending through Dominica, Trinidad and the United Kingdom, Marlon has lived in Penniston since age 8 with his mother Vonnie, and sister Aiko.

    He took up steel pan at age 10 with Ashley Kirby and later played tenor for Vinlec Potential and Vincy Spice. This early musical experience introduced him to the basics of musical arrangement and performance. He now plays keyboards, drums and guitar as well as steel pan. Many will remember Marlon rapping in various venues in Kingstown before he went to pursue A-level studies in London in 2000.

    Marlon subsequently turned down offers from two London universities to study English and International Relations, and devoted himself to a more personal creative path.

    In 2003 he took the London music world to task when he borrowed studio time, put together a demo of his songs with partner Preetesh Hirji and distributed them to several publishing companies. A contract with publishing company 'Stage 3' lead to a recording contract with an independent label, Bhuddist Punk, enabling Marlon and Preetesh to produce their album 'Signs of a Struggle' and assemble their band. Bhuddist Punk later signed a distribution deal with Virgin Records under worldwide distribution of EMI

    last July.

    During the album production period, Marlon and Preetesh worked with Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare last April in Jamaica on the backing tracks of several of the album's songs. They continue to enjoy a good working relationship with the two reggae legends.

    Described by critics as '21st century blues' and 'beautiful modern soul', the music has powerful lyrics, each song with its own ambience. Marlon's lyrics have developed through an early love of reading and writing poetry. His writing partner, Preetesh, of Indian heritage, brings a variety of musical influences to complement Marlon's background in reggae, soca, soul and rap.

    Marlon is acutely aware of his Caribbean roots and has promoted his homeland St. Vincent in interviews and performances on BBC, MTV and SKY TV. He has given radio interviews in the U.K., Berlin, France, Norway, Sweden and New Zealand so Vincentians at home can be proud that their island is getting positive promotion around the globe.

    Unashamedly proud of his island home, Marlon ensured that the Vincentian flag was visible in the video of Big City Life shot in New York and directed by movie producer Scott Franklin.

    Describing himself as a 'Vincy man', Marlon returns home whenever his schedule allows. Apart from nurturing his musical ability, island culture has forged Marlon's keen interest in social and political issues. In his own words: "Preetesh and I feel 'Signs of a Struggle' is the perfect name for this first album, not only have we faced challenges creatively but we have written this album with a backdrop of international turmoil. At the epicenter of our work is a belief that creativity can bring great change"

    Judging from the early response in Europe to Mattafix, that belief looks set to manifest.

    DJs and concert audiences in Europe have been moved by the lyrical content and meaning in the songs which suggest that the Mattafix message is falling on receptive ears. 'Big City Life' has remained in the top 20 in the UK for five consecutive weeks.

    The second single 'Passerby' will be released in Europe on 24th October, the album will follow shortly after.

    The album will be available in the US and Caribbean in few months- those interested can download songs and find out more on www.mattafix.com. See their video of the single 'Big City Life' online.

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    Who are Mattafix
    How Long Vincypowa do you think it will take before I see their video on MTV(no im not taking the piss)
    Do you think they are going to be big?(MTV,VH1 big not 5,000 units)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wadadlian Defoe
    Who are Mattafix
    How Long Vincypowa do you think it will take before I see their video on MTV(no im not taking the piss)
    Do you think they are going to be big?(MTV,VH1 big not 5,000 units)
    Mattafix is a GROUP, consisting of Marlon and Preetesh.

    Will they make it BIG?

    Of course!

    Once you have VINCY in U, U gaan CLEAR.

    Marlon POSSESSES nuff NATURAL talent, so I see no REASON why MATTAFIX cannot be a HOUSEHOLD name in Europe and BEYOND.

    If you want to know more about Marlon and Preetesh, you can CLICK on INTERVIEW.
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    I like how MARLON REPRESENTED the BLUE GOLD/YELLOW and GREEN at their GIG in Paris.

    Bup bup.

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    Their NEW VIDEO is REAL NICE...click below

    Passerby - Mattafix

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    Check out this IN STUDIO session by MATTAFIX.

    Fast forward 12 minutes to hear the IN STUDIO SESSION.

    WICKED!!

    CLICK ON IT

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    Mattafix have recently completed a press tour of Europe. Norway was the first stop. After a performance on Live TV in Oslo the boys headed to Belgium where they played the TMF awards. They performed Big City Life to a live TV audience and a stadium of more than 12,000 people. From Belgium they jetted off to Milan. Big City Life is blazing the airwaves and MTV in Italy and Mattafix cemented that with live TV performances and Radio appearances. After Italy it was off to Germany where Hamburg, Berlin and Cologne were all stops on the Mattafix path. Several MTV appearnces and top of the pops Germany finished off a very productive couple of weeks for the boys....."its off to bed" said Preetesh after arriving back home in London

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    Vincypowa you love these guys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wadadlian Defoe
    Vincypowa you love these guys.
    Yeah.

    One MUST LOVE TALENT.


    Next up from the boys is “Big City Life”, a criminally catchy slice of heartbreakingly soulful pop. Marlon's melancholy, emotional vocals interspersed with patois and rap are embedded in a chorus that annoyingly refuses to leave your head long after the stereo is turned off. Already spun on Pete Tong's Essential Selection and riding high in a suitably diverse array of DJ charts, it goes to prove that with a quality record, a buzz can still grow around it naturally. Marlon's voice flits effortlessly from patois verses to the haunting and ethereal chorus, transporting the listener into the world his lyrics deftly describe.

    Mattafix are currently putting the finishing touches to their debut album


    Mattafix Release Video On Sony PSP Format
    Saturday, 24 September 2005

    Today Mattafix released there follow up single 'Passer By' on Sony PSP format to download from their website. Mattafix's debut single 'Big City Life' went flying into the National Charts at number 15, and the anticipation for this new UK act is already taking off abroad. Signed as the debut act on Tracy Bennett and Alfe Hollingsworth's new label Buddhist Punk Records, these two industry legends have already secured deals for the release of 'Big City Life' across Europe.

    A new generation of music makers are now making full use of the array of digital formats emerging under the power of the internet and the digital revolution.

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    PASSER BY in STORES today, WICKED CHUNE, COP IT.

    http://www.mattafix.com/ecard2/

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    If you NEVER seen the PASSER BY video, check it out BELOW

    VIDEO

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    You dont give up VP do you. Big up to you. seriously

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wadadlian Defoe
    You dont give up VP do you. Big up to you. seriously
    MATTAFIX is GOING to CONQUER the WORLD.

    Watch!!

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    The debut album from Mattafix, 'Signs Of A Struggle', is jam packed with gorgeous little gems of pop consciousness. Unless you've been living in a bubble, chances are you'll be familiar with the Mattafix single 'Big City Life', a gorgeous slice of uplifting pop that was one of the soundtracks to the summer. The track perfectly showcases Marlon Roudette's melancholic, emotional vocals which flit effortlessly from falsetto to patois to rap. Recent hit 'Passer By' confirms the arrival of the true new young talents.

    All the tracks on 'Signs Of A Struggle' were written and produced by Mattafix with additional production and mixing by Jim Abyss (Kasabian/UNKLE/Placebo), Craig Silvy (Magic Numbers/The Coral), Steve Dubb and Seggs (Roots Manuva/Chemical Brothers) and Johnny Dollar (Neneh Cherry, Massive Attack).

    The albums many highlights include the Lovers Rock anthem and opening track, 'Gangster Blues', featuring Robbie Shakespeare of the legendary Sly and Robbie on bass and the beautifully euphoric 'Passer By', guaranteed to lighten the darkest of moods. 'To and Fro' is a quirky, upbeat number but whose dark lyrics tell a tale of betrayal, featuring ex Sugarbabe Siobhan Donaghy on backing vocals, while the highly emotive 'Everyone Around You' has beats, strings and Marlon's instrument of choice, the steel pans all in the mix. From the dreamy simplicity of 'Clear And Present Danger' to the broodingly hypnotic 'I To You', the fourteen songs on this album highlight the musical range and depth of this young and incredibly talented UK band.



    PRE-ORDER the ALBUM....it WICKED....at HMV.CO.UK or at AMAZON.COM.

    You will not REGRET IT.

    Trust!

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    Quote Originally Posted by VINCYPOWA
    MATTAFIX is GOING to CONQUER the WORLD.

    Watch!!

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