Ricardo Autobahn

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Ricardo Autobahn
Birth name John Matthews
Also known as Rikki (in Rikki & Daz)
Born (1978-03-08) 8 March 1978 (age 39)
Genres Pop, hip hop, dance, Europop
Associated acts Daz Sampson
Rikki & Daz
Barndance Boys
Cuban Boys
Attery Squash
Pop Inc
Lolly Pop
Helen Love
Website www.ricardoautobahn.co.uk

John Matthews (born 8 March 1978) better known by his stage name Ricardo Autobahn is an English producer, songwriter and musician.


Matthews is a member of the bands Spray and the Cuban Boys, the latter most famous for their "pass off" UK Christmas hit "Cognoscenti vs. Intelligentsia". The band allowed their label to market C vs I as "The Hampster Dance Song".

In addition, Matthews was Rikki in the duo Rikki & Daz (along with Daz Sampson), who also recorded under the name of the Barndance Boys. Rikki & Daz scored a UK top 20 hit with their version of the song "Rhinestone Cowboy", involving Glen Campbell who re-recorded his vocal and appeared in the video. The Barndance Boys, infamous for their papier mache heads, had a top 40 hit in 2003 with "Yippie-I-Oh". With Daz Sampson, Matthews co-wrote and produced the UK's 2006 Eurovision entry "Teenage Life", and the European hit "The Woah Song" by DJ Daz.

In 2006 Matthews co-wrote and co-produced the eponymous debut album for US electro artist Lolly Pop. He was also involved in the Minneapolis collective Pop Inc, known for their single "Looking 4 The KLF". In 2008 he formed the musical project called Attery Squash, who had their single "Devo Was Right About Everything" remixed by Devo members Robert & Gerald Casale [1]

In 2009, Matthews released a video on YouTube called "The Golden Age of Video".[2] This was a mash-up of video clips from various TV Shows and movies. In 2012 he collaborated on a Christmas single release titled "And The Salvation Army Band Plays" with Helen Love,[3] and playing keyboards with the band.[4]

As a remixer and producer, Ricardo Autobahn has remixed Becky's dance single, "Less Than Three", The Crimea's 'Loop A Loop', along with singles by Nathalie Archangel, Jane Badler and Christopher Anton.

He directed work vocalist/performer Brooke R. Calder's on-stage personae Lolly Pop in collaboration with Minneapolis producers Monte Moir and Doctor Fink.

In 2014, Matthews joined the band Helen Love to play keyboards for a number of dates, including at Primavera Sound in Spain. He also remixed Helen Love's "Pogo Pogo".




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