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Marlon Roudette

Interview von: arne mit Marlon, am: 05.09.2011 ]

Als Teil von Mattafix hat MARLON ROUDETTE schon Spuren in den Annalen der Musik-Geschichte hinterlassen. Dass seine Stimme direkt vertraut klingt, ist kein Zufall. 2006 landete das Produzenten-Duo mit ,Big City Life‘ einen stilechten Hit, der weltweit zum Erfolg wurde und bis heute nachwirkt. Auf Solopfaden verlässt sich MARLON ROUDETTE dann auch auf die so erfolgreich erprobte Mixtur seines früheren Outlets, dessen Stimme er gewesen ist. Reggae, Bhangra, Calypso, Hip-Hop, Blues, Jazz, Trip Hop, Dub und eine verbindende Poppigkeit prägen die zwölf Stücke des Debüt-Longplayers „Matter Fixed“.


Musicscan: First of all: Could you please shortly introduce yourself to our readers. If you would have to say what your music and especially the philosophy behind it is all about – how would that description be like?

Marlon Roudette: Sure. My name is Marlon Roudette and I’m a son, brother, uncle, godfather and I even find the time to be a songwriter! I have been gifted the opportunity to sing the songs I write. I try my best to write truthful songs. Real events and feelings. Positivity is very important to me and is represented in the name of my former band Mattafix and the name of my new solo album Matter Fixed, which means problem solved.

Musicscan: Do you sometimes see/meet people not taking you seriously as solo artist because you (maybe) get attention at first only for the fact of being a part of Mattafix? What are you doing to convince them?

Marlon Roudette: So far the response has been overwhelmingly positive. I don’t mind getting attention for Mattafix as I’m still very very proud of all we achieved. Also when you demand or expect people to take you seriously they often don’t!

Musicscan: Does having a solo outlet make managing music and lyrics easier or harder from your experience?

Marlon Roudette: There are positives and negatives. On the one hand you can feel a bit isolated creatively cause you only have yourself to rely on at times but you are also able to execute your ideas to their full potential. I also have a very good manager who is more than capable of letting me know when something sounds awful.

Musicscan: Keeping in mind the music you write, I would guess you as a musician are a reflective kind of a person. Do you personally think your true character shows up in the songs you write?

Marlon Roudette: People who know my music before they meet me often say that I’m less serious in person. Songs for me are a release for some of the trials that myself and others go through so the rest of the time I’m usually clowning around.

Musicscan: A strong part of your solo sound is about experimentation. Of the songs you have written and recorded, which one do you feel crosses the most borders? What other borders, musically speaking, do you wanna knock down?

Marlon Roudette: Its interesting to hear you say that because I was a bit worried that I had not torn down as many walls as I could have. Circumstances dictate the sound of a record and you have to work with what you have. I think my voice changes a lot on this album. The Loss is probably the song that represents this the most. Maybe I’ve grown from rebelling against musical conventions to trying to include as many of them as I can. Does that even make sense?!

Musicscan: What influences you to create your music? Does most of the influence come from personal experiences and moods, or from listening to similar bands and musicians?

Marlon Roudette: The wonderful thing about what I do is that literally every aspect of my life works its way into my music. My personal experiences and those of friends, loved ones and fans. Paintings I see, poems I read, movies I watch can all inspire different aspects of a song. Musical history is very important to me. So many incredible artists have left legacies to draw from.

Musicscan: When you were writing the songs for Matter Fixed - did you have certain issues you specifically wanted to address?

Marlon Roudette: Well it all started with a very intense feeling of loss in my personal life. Several relationships went very badly wrong; a romantic one, a family one, a friendship and one with my record label at the time. I was suddenly able to empathise with others on a much deeper level. At some point you have to stop moping around and write about it.

Musicscan: What are you looking for in a song in general? Have you ever achieved something like a perfect song in your opinion? How would you define such a perfect song?

Marlon Roudette: I don’t think any song with my voice on it could be perfect! I have experienced however, moments where I have felt at that particular time that I’ve reached the perfect creation only to wake up the next day and be like “oh that’s a bit rubbish” Creative people are often infuriating because they only look forward and are very self critical.

Musicscan: When you produced the record, did you only think about the now or was it also important to you what you yourself will think about it in a couple of months or years?

Marlon Roudette: Longevity in a record is always something worth thinking about. In the UK labels often suggest working with grime, dubstep or any of the new genres emerging and while I appreciate what these cats are doing I don’t know if we’ll be listening to it in 10 years time. The albums I dig are almost genre-less. They touch on something else.

Musicscan: Your songs have something that i would consider to be a strong pop-appeal. Is this something that is important to you or something you were heading for?

Marlon Roudette: Lots of musicians can identify with treading that fine line between credibility and making a living. I love having a hit record. Not just because of the gorgeous women and midgets with plates of cocaine but also the knowledge that a lot of hard work has lead to thousands of people standing in a field at the same time pointing the same way singing the same positive message. That bit above was a joke by the way, not all the women are gorgeous!

Musicscan: How important is it to you to have a positive outlook within your music and your lyrics?

Marlon Roudette: It is very important as I am an entertainer at the end of the day. I don’t want my songs leaving a depressing vibe in the room so even though I’m dealing with some heavy stuff I try and give it a positive spin. Smile but think.

Musicscan: Of the entire album, what song do you feel is the most representative of all the facets of what you are doing musically? And are there any songs on your new record that stand out in your mind, or songs that have the most value or inner meaning to you?

Marlon Roudette: That’s a bit like asking a father of 12 to choose his favourite kid! Of course New Age was a breakthrough because I managed to say exactly what I wanted in a marketable way and also Guy Chambers gave me a lot of encouragement as a singer. Storyline was cool too because I proved to myself that I can mix it with the LA boys like Brian West. But I always come back to The Loss. My grandmother was dying and it all came out in one exultation; like a prayer.

Musicscan: Last words?

Marlon Roudette: Just a big thank you really for everyone who has provided support, felt the music, tapped their foot, wondered where I’d been for the past 3 years or just smiled at me. Marlon’s back….. Matter Fixed.