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Matt Rowan - Jolly Good Swagger

Author: 3D
Monday, 23 June 2008
3D catches up with perennial Sydney prog house DJ/producer, Matt Rowan, stepping up to help launch Eat Musik at The Bunker this weekend.

You and Jaytech seem to tour South America pretty much every year, are you heading back this year- Any new dates on the calendar-
Yeah, I’ll be heading back there again around October. Looking at taking in some new countries this time – Paraguay, Columbia and Peru at this stage but as is always the case with that part of the world, it will only be finalised as I get on the plane!

What is it that keeps you going back- The parties, the people, the places, the cheap cocaine-
I’d have to say the parties themselves. They certainly know how to throw a good night and some of the best gigs I’ve done have been over there. The clubs are full and the crowd are up for it. I’ve made heaps of friends over there so getting to see them again is always a good thing. I’d love to say it’s the place itself but usually the tours are done on an absolute shoe string budget so that means that by and large I stay to the cities which can be quite overcrowded and full on. I’m hoping though that this time I’ll be able to do a bit more sightseeing and less being cooped up in a hotel room.

Any other local or international tours on the cards for the near future-

Yeah, I’m currently talking to promoters in India for a ten-date tour. I’ve been there twice before and am really looking forward to heading back there again. At the conclusion of that I’m looking at relocating to the UK for a year. The situation would need to be right but it’s something that I have wanted to do for some time. It will be a matter of finding the right mix of gigs and a day job but we’ll see.

What have you been up to in the studio recently-
It’s been a busy time. I have finished work on my debut artist album and it will be in the stores on Baroque Records in late August/early September. I’m really pleased it will be getting a CD release (especially in today’s mainly digital environment) and hope it’s well received. I wish I had done it sooner to be honest – I never realised how much fun it could be as opposed to just focusing on track to track.

Your productions often add a hefty dose of swagger and funk to a chugging prog house beat, do you have a plan or an idea/formula in mind when you start working on a track-

‘Swagger house’ – a new genre for sure! To answer the question – yes and no, I suppose. Sometimes I set about to achieve a certain sound, be it deep, banging or whatever, but sometimes the track can take on a life of its own and writes itself. I find in these situations it’s easier to let the track go rather than try to blinker it and force to sound a certain way.

You’re playing the launch night of Eat Musik at the Bunker soon, which has a professed ‘open music’ policy, so what can we expect to hear from you-
I think I’ll start playing a mix of some solid tech/funk sounds and then see what happens from that point. I’m also looking forward to busting out some of my unreleased material. This party will be a corker, no doubt!

WHO: Matt Rowan
WHAT: Plays Eat Musik at the Bunker
WHEN: Friday 27 June