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Mathas has somewhat cartoonishly rapped on stages around Australia for well over a decade.
A ferociously talented visual artist, poet, producer and performer, Mathas writes lyrics with a greatly unique level of detail and intricacy. The subjects he chooses for his stories are often un-comfortable reflections on Australian society, however the nature of his comedic, character-filled performance style tends to draw the crowd into the narrative and coerce them to feel involved. A pretty positive, communal energy emasses in the room when he’s on stage.


In October 2015 Mathas released his critically acclaimed sophomore album ‘Armwrestling Atlas’, through Big Village Records & The Community Records. Tracks like ‘Nourishment’ (featuring fellow West Australian Abbe May) saw him use native food as the framework for a poetic discussion about the complexities of indigenous Australia. Elsewhere he’s tackled death and our connection to the planet in ‘Stone Cold Sober’, while ‘Enforce Less’ explored the paternalistic nature by which Australian state laws are put into effect and the realities of living in a society governed by them. Along with handling the majority of the album’s production, Mathas also recorded & mixed it himself as well as painting the album’s artwork. ‘Armwrestling Atlas’ was nominated for the Australian Music Prize long list in 2015. It also received ⭐⭐⭐⭐ reviews across multiple media publications including Rolling Stone & The Brag.
Following his first national headlining tour in support of Armwrestling Atlas, Mathas began 2016 with the release of his latest single ‘Bravo Troll’. The single explores the folklore of the nordic storybook troll and its connection to the modern internet version.

In mid 2016 Mathas embarked on his largest national tour to date, performing with a full band and including performances at Wide Open Spaces Festival, NT and Big Pineapple Music Festival, QLD. It was followed up by the “Bravo Troll Reworks EP” that featured remixes by Trials (A.B Original) & Joelistics (TZU), among others.
Mathas was also the first ever urban or electronic artist to win the WA Music Industry’s coveted Song of the Year Grand Prize with the song ‘Nourishment’ as well as consecutive WAMI Awards for Urban Act of the Year in 2012, 2013, 2014 and again in 2016.
Awards
WAM Song of the Year 2013 Grand Prize
WAM Award for Best Urban/Hiphop Act 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2016
WA Screen Award for Best Filmclip (Stone Cold Sober ft: Empty)
– Perth rapper, songwriter, producer and poet, the enigmatic Mathas (Tom Mathieson) is Big Village’s first interstate artist. Mathas released his highly-anticipated sophomore album, Armwrestling Atlas, in October 2015 through Big Village Records and The Community Records, following his celebrated 10lb Hairless Sasquatch (2009). A highly personal project over five years, Armwrestling Atlas was produced, recorded and mixed principally by Mathas himself, who even hand-painted the album’s artwork. A brooding and frank exploration of relationships, loss and Australian identity, the album was praised critically, with Rolling Stone Magazine calling it “esoteric and densely lyrical” and “an impressive achievement.” Mathas was the first rap or electronic artist to win the WA Music Industry’s coveted “Song of the Year” award in 2013 for “Nourishment” featuring Abbie May, which was also amongst Triple J presenter Dom Alessio’s Top 10 tracks of the year. He won the 2012, 2013 and 2014 WAM Award for Urban Act of the Year and Triple J named Mathas one of their Next Crop Artists in 2015. The intricacy of his lyrics and self-made beats has captivated music lovers of all genres. Mathas is currently working on new material, after releasing the Bravo Troll EP in 2016, which featured collaborations with Trials (Funkoars) and Joelistics.
http://bigvillagerecords.com.au/mathas/