Mathas stays on the ball

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Music - Sara Fitzpatrick

SCRIBBLING po­etry into note­books has been a reg­u­lar pas­time for Tom Mathieson, AKA Mathas, since the age of eight.

His foray into rap – which has seen him record two al­bums and take out a WAM Song of the Year award – kicked off at 15 when he re­alised his prose fit­ted nicely with a hip-hop beat.

To­day, the Perth rap­per is known for his witty word play and waxes lyrical on top­ics from the mass con­sump­tion of white sugar to the­o­ries about our place in the uni­verse.

“I talk a lot about the things that are im­por­tant to me at that mo­ment in time and the things I specif­i­cally need to get off my chest, and I sup­pose that’s what writ­ing is to me: a kind of tool for that,” Mathieson said.

“Peo­ple con­nect­ing with it is a sec­ondary thing, but that has be­come more im­por­tant to me over time with the stage per­for­mance part of it.”

Not just a word­smith, Mathieson also pro­duces his own beats: a pas­sion that blos­somed dur­ing his for­ma­tive years play­ing gui­tar in a grunge band.

“The drum­mer from my band sold his drum kit to buy turnta­bles and be­come a DJ, so it meant we had to start us­ing drum ma­chines and that was the be­gin­ning of my pro­duc­ing,” he said.

Mathieson will show­case his tal­ents this week at Art Ball.

Set in the Art Gallery of WA, this will be the rap­per’s sec­ond gig in the high­brow sur­round­ings.

“In 2013 I won the WAM Song of the Year com­pe­ti­tion and one of the prizes was to sup­port Bob Evans in the gallery,” Mathieson said.

“I have two bands these days and many mem­bers of both are un­avail­able, so we’ve made a new band just for this show.

“There will be three backup vo­cal­ists, two key­boards and then a dou­ble bass and drum­mer.”

Mathieson will sport a dou­ble-breasted French ma­roon jacket at the black tie event, to­gether with a pair of kicks, in keep­ing with the gallery’s ex­hi­bi­tion, The Rise of Sneaker Cul­ture.

He is bal­anc­ing his time mak­ing new mu­sic and work­ing at his fam­ily’s late-night North­bridge cafe, The Moon.

Tom Mathieson, AKA Mathas.

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