Marlon Roudette

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Marlon Roudette
Marlon Roudette.jpg
Roudette in 2012.
Background information
Birth name Marlon Rosegold McVey-Roudette
Born (1983-01-05) 5 January 1983 (age 35)
London, England
Origin Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • rapper
Instruments steel drum, keyboards, guitar
Years active 2005–present
Labels Warner
Associated acts Mattafix
Website marlonroudette.com

Marlon Roudette (born 5 January 1983) is a British Vincentian recording artist, songwriter and producer. He is the former front man for the duo Mattafix, who had their first number 1, Big City Life, back in 2006. After the group split, Roudette embarked on a solo career with two number one singles in Europe, "New Age" and "When the Beat Drops Out"; the latter made it to number 7 on the UK chart and is certified platinum. In recent years he is also known for his co-writing work for artists including Sinead Harnett, Dua Lipa and Mabel McVey. He co-wrote Mabel’s hit singles "Finders Keepers" and Fine Line.

Biography[edit]

Marlon Roudette was born in London and is the son of Cameron McVey, a British music producer,[1] and Vonnie Roudette, a designer and artist of Dominican/Trinidadian descent residing in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.[2] As a young child he moved with his mother and sister to Trinidad, then to St. Vincent in 1992, where he began his music career, and returned to London when he was 17.[3] Marlon is the stepson of Neneh Cherry.

Nationality[edit]

Marlon is a dual citizen, British, by being born in the UK to a British father and has an OECS citizenship having resided in St. Vincent and the Grenadines with his Trinidadian mother. In 2015 Marlon was appointed Cultural Ambassador of St. Vincent and the Grenadines by Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Ralph Gonsalves and carries a diplomatic passport of that country.

Style[edit]

Roudette's music is inspired by musicians such as Gregory Isaacs and Massive Attack. He is also inspired by Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin and Sade. He describes his music as a mix of hip hop, R&B and reggae.[citation needed]

Music career[edit]

Mattafix

After his return to London Marlon formed an elctronic music duo "Mattafix" with producer and keyboardist Preetesh Hirji. Hirji was born in London of Indian parentage and grew up in the heart of West London, where he started at Eastcote Studios on Kensal Road. Their sound was a fusion of hip hop, R&B, reggae, dancehall, blues, jazz, soul and world. Mattafix won the Sopot International Song Festival in 2006.

Signs of a Struggle (2005–06)[edit]

Mattafix released their first single, "11.30 (Dirtiest Trick in Town)", as a limited edition on Buddhist Punk Records on 13 January 2005. However, the song never charted.

Their second single, "Big City Life", was released by EMI on 8 August 2005. It was a hit, managing a number 15 in the United Kingdom and a number 1 in Germany, Poland, Austria, Italy, Switzerland and New Zealand. It also had success in other European countries where it reached the top 20. It can also be heard on the soundtrack to the hit video game FIFA World Cup Germany 2006, designed by EA Sports, and was included in the NOW! 62 UK compilation, the duo's first and only song to date, to be included in the series.

Signs of a Struggle received positive reviews and had success in Europe where the band toured extensively throughout 2006-08. Signs of a Struggle was a Triple J feature album in April 2006.

The duo toured with the likes of Jem and Joss Stone on their UK tours to promote the album, and have also opened for Sting, in Milan, before a crowd of more than 100,000 people.

Their fourth single, "To & Fro", was released on 13 March 2006. The single was released as a download only in the United Kingdom.

Rhythm & Hymns (2007–09)[edit]

On 7 September 2007, Mattafix released the first single, "Living Darfur", taken from their second album Rhythm & Hymns. It was available as a download only. The single was released physically on 22 October 2007. The video features Matt Damon in the intro and was promoted by numerous celebrities, includin Mick Jagger. The track was featured as part of the Save Darfur Campaign. Working alongside humanitarian agencies operating in the region, the band filmed a video for the song in the refugee camps in the region. The video became extremely popular on YouTube and to date is the only music video by an international group to be filmed in a war zone.

Speaking in June 2008 to English R&B writer Pete Lewis of the award-winning Blues & Soul, Roudette explained the musical background to Rhythms & Hymns: "With this album I wanted to bring through more aspects of the live show, which is something maybe the first album lacked. You know, we do go out with a seven or eight-piece band, and that has become a big part of the Mattafix sound. So, in addition to keeping the hardcore element and programmed beats from last time round, with Rhythms & Hymns we've also used a lot of live drums. Also, we've added quite a lot of influences that we got from the road. Particularly in places like Johannesburg, where we played a couple of great shows."

The album was released on 23 November 2007 in most European countries. In Australia, it was released on 17 November 2007.

Mattafix remixed Lady Gaga's song "Eh Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)". Their remix appears on her iTunes Remix EP, however, not in the UK version

Separation and Roudette solo career (2010–2011)[edit]

In April 2010, Roudette made a video appearance where he spoke about recording and making the record in his home-based studio. However, via Facebook, it was announced that Roudette and Hirji had gone separate ways, due to their different new ideas for future projects, which has brought abundant attention to fans. He is yet to come up with his new artist name; whether to stay with the name Mattafix, or choose a new stage name; perhaps his own. "Mattafix presents...Marlon..." was a quote from a late 2010 YouTube video, as an updated possibility for his album title and/or stage name. Marlon Roudette has confirmed that the new album is "not a radical shift but definitely different. More instrumentation and more in depth musical compositions." Marlon Roudette has stated that the album is pretty much completed, but the album is still being "fine tuned".

2011–12: Matter Fixed[edit]

On 17 July 2011, Roudette released "Brotherhood of the Broken" for free download as a promotional single from his debut album. On 20 July Marlon released "New Age" as the first single from the album in Germany for the airplay. On 16 August 2011, "New Age" was available on iTunes Store. The single has reached number 1 in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. His debut album Matter Fixed was released on 2 September 2011, in Austria, Belgium, Slovakia, Denmark, Czech Republic, Germany, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland. On 23 January 2012, it was available in France and in the rest of Europe. On 20 January 2012 Marlon released "Anti Hero (Brave New World)" on iTunes in Germany.[4] His song "The Loss" was featured on Private Practice episode "The Time Has Come", which aired on 2 February 2012.[5]

2014–present: Electric Soul[edit]

On 18 July 2014 Roudette released "When the Beat Drops Out" as the lead single from his second studio album Electric Soul, the song has charted in the Top 5 in Austria, Germany, Latvia and Switzerland and n°8 in Italy. He released Electric Soul on 8 August 2014.

In June 2017 Roudette released audio of his new song "Ultra Love," on YouTube, which was followed by an official music video in October 2017.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
AUT
[6]
FRA
[7]
GER
[8]
SWI
[9]
Matter Fixed 27 82 6 33
Electric Soul
  • Released: 8 August 2014
  • Label: Universal Music
  • Formats: CD, digital download
26 16 4
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
Riding Home

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
UK
[10]
AUS
[11]
AUT
[6]
BEL (VL)
[12]
BEL (WA)
[13]
FRA
[7]
GER
[8]
ITA
[14]
NL
[15]
SWI
[9]
"New Age" 2011 90 1 12 7 14 1 9 1 Matter Fixed
"Anti Hero (Brave New World)" 2012 5 74 6 11
"Hold on Me"
"Anti Hero (Le saut de l'ange)"
(featuring Lala Joy)
39 41
"When the Beat Drops Out" 2014 7 15 2 [a] 29 185 1 8 39 2 Electric Soul
"Flicker"
"Everybody Feeling Something"
(featuring KStewart)
2015 47 55
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.
Notes
  1. ^ "When the Beat Drops Out" did not enter the Ultratop 50, but peaked at number 35 on the Flemish Ultratip chart.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "El Bosquejo: Arena Homme Plus: Buffalo Stance, part 1". Lbosquejo.blogspot.com. 22 May 2010. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "Mattafix: Marlon Roudette". Islandmix.com. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  3. ^ joshua osoro pickering. "Mattafix: Brit hip hop in Darfur". Cafebabel.co.uk. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  4. ^ "Anti Hero – EP". iTunes. 
  5. ^ "Private Practice – Season 5, Episode 13 "The Time Has Come" Music". TV Fanatic. Retrieved 2 April 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Hung, Steffen. "Discographie Marlon Roudette". Austrian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  7. ^ a b Hung, Steffen. "Discographie Marlon Roudette". French Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  8. ^ a b Hung, Steffen. "Discographie Marlon Roudette". German Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  9. ^ a b Hung, Steffen. "Discographie Marlon Roudette". Swiss Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  10. ^ "UK Charts: Marlon Roudette". Officialcharts.com/. Official Charts Company. 
  11. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography Marlon Roudette". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  12. ^ a b Hung, Steffen. "Discografie Marlon Roudette". Belgium (Flanders) Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  13. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discographie Marlon Roudette". Belgium (Wallonia) Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  14. ^ "Top Digital Download" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
  15. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discografie Marlon Roudette". Dutch Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  16. ^ a b c "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Marlon Roudette)" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 11 October 2014. 
  17. ^ "Austrian certifications – Marlon Roudette" (in German). IFPI Austria. Retrieved 11 October 2014.  Enter Marlon Roudette in the field Interpret. Click Suchen
  18. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Marlon Roudette)". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien. Retrieved 11 October 2014. 
  19. ^ http://www.bpi.co.uk/certified-awards.aspx
  20. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2015 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 14 March 2015. 
  21. ^ "Italian single certifications – Marlon Roudette" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved 11 October 2014. 

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