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Is it a plane, is it a bird…well okay, no one thought it was a bird but everyone at The Record sure had a lot of questions when they first heard the name ‘Mattafix’. Since we give their debut single Big City Life one big thumbs up we decided to find out more about this mysteriously named band.

We highly recommend their music so check it out and refer to our Mattafix FAQ for any questions you might have.

What does the name ‘Mattafix’ mean?

This is the most common question about the duo so let’s just get this answer out of the way ~ the name Mattafix comes from the expression “matter fixed” which is heard all the time on the island of St. Vincent in the West Indies and is that particular country’s take on the ubiquitous Caribbean phrase “no problem”.

Who are the members of Mattafix?

Marlon Roudette, 22, and Preetesh Hirji, 25, are Mattafix. Marlon, of Anglo/West Indian background, is a steel pan virtuoso and was brought up in tropical St. Vincent. Preetesh, of Indian heritage, is a self-confessed computer geek brought up on London’s Harrow Road.

How did they meet?

The two come from such diverse backgrounds that it is quite a surprise that they ever crossed paths. However, a chance meeting in a recording studio, a shared love of music and the eventual discovery that they briefly went to the same primary school (Marlon lived in London until he was nine) brought Marlon and Preetesh together.

What are their musical influences?

Having lived in different parts of the world, Marlon and Preetesh quite naturally bring to the table a host of varied musical influences. Blues, jazz, bhangra, punk, roots reggae, hip hop, pop, calypso, heavy metal, classic soul and dancehall all form a soundscape for them to draw on. Their own music reflects a mix of these diverse influences and is often described as ‘21st century blues.’ Marlon explained the phrase in an interview. According to him, while they don’t literally play the blues on the album, they capture the sentiment of the genre. Blues music has always reflected the world at time that it was written and is about people’s struggles. Mattafix captures that essence in their songs and have thus earned for their music the description ‘21st century blues.’

Why is their album called Signs Of A Struggle?

According to Marlon and Preetesh, not only have they faced challenges creatively but there’s also the fact that they have written this album with a backdrop of international turmoil. Thus they feel that Signs Of A Struggle is the perfect name for their debut release.

You can read the rest of our feature on Mattafix in the January 2006 issue of The Record Music Magazine available at your local newsagent.


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