Mathas is hitting the road to launch his highly praised album 'Armwrestling Atlas'. We wanted to get to know the man a bit better ahead of his Melbourne show this Saturday at Shebeen.
Mathas: Hmm.. I don’t know if I feel a greater level of validation because ultimately it’s always just one voice and one person’s opinion. I suppose the difference with Rolling Stone is the brand. It’s been such a relevant part of my upbringing. I used to have a bit of a ritual growing up where every time I got on a plane to fly over East I’d buy a Rolling Stone. At that time my trips over East were frequent to see my father and other mum. So I suppose it felt pretty resolute.
Mathas: I mean, how complimentary are all those words? Even “vulnerable” I think has its own strength. So yes, I’m happy there. Do I wanna make some bangers or some flexing songs about nothing? Yes... and I will. Does it matter if I upset the audience? Likely not. Are there boundaries I won’t cross? Absolutely.
Mathas: Some of these songs I’ve been doing live for many years. Performance is ultimately one of my favourite things about this whole music deal. It probably worries me more wondering how a song I’ve been performing on stage for years will translate to a recorded version. Particularly a song that forms a lucid kinship between yourself and your audience mates.
Mathas: I first met Rapaport at a cafe I used to work at when he was over in Perth doing a few solo shows. Coincidentally he’d listened to my music the day before. He’s been supportive from the get-go and when I bumped into him again over East, he offered to help put the album out. He’s a good man.
Mathas: That clip was conceived with my friends Aaron McCann and Dominic Pearce who I’ve done a number of projects with over the years. Usually I already have a concept or we brainstorm one and then they help me articulate it. I also did most of the production design for this clip. I bought the boat for $100 off Gumtree, made some landscapes and some of the background animations were mine. Directorial and post-production duties get handled by the other two. There's always a fair amount of compromise and the final product has little bits of all of us in it. We just finished shooting a clip for the song Enforce Less which will come out shortly.