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Tony Matterhorn - The Reloading
By Lady Zimma & Miss Mention, Dainty Crew
(more articles from this author)
2000-06-05
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Tony Matterhorn - Mentally Ill to Kill

Last year in June Lady Zimma met with a selector who had been taking the Dancehall world by storm. His moniker was Tony Matterhorn and sceptics said he would soon burn out, but in the Y2K he's moving onto bigger and better things. The Dainty Crew caught up with him after a ram session in Leeds in April to find out what he's been up to so far this year…

As far as Tony is concerned he is still ahead of all the other solo selectors that are springing up all over the place after leaving sound systems to go it alone. He's one of the pioneers in the solo selector business and as such he set the trend and as he says "career-wise I haven't been doing anything because I don't need to do anything." He has been spending time visiting some other "little places" such as Orlando and Tampa to get to as many of his fans as possible. Thus extending his ever expanding reach to other Dancehall fans around the world and maintaining his position as a solo selector.

Last year he had mentioned to Lady Zimma that he was going to come with a new style of dubs to set himself apart from other sounds and DJs and this is what he did. He has been utilising his new dubs in an interview technique style. He started off with the idea to build rhythms just like everyone else, but then stopped himself and "instead of doing medleys wid artists dem, interview dem. Mek dem do de medley, but interview dem in between each tune." This method obviously works for him and he has managed to get some of the top Dancehall artists to comply with this interview dubstyle.

Along with interview dubs, Tony has decided that 2000 will see him on the "war path" as he has been in a few clashes of late with one of the most memorable for Dancehall fans being the one with Fire Lynx and Ricky Trooper (formerly of Killamanjaro fame) called 'Jugglin To Kill'.

It was a clash nobody really expected, but Tony says he knew that Lynx would betray him, "me did know seh Lynx a go back-bite me cah me tell him, yuh a go back-bite me, yuh a go betray me. Is like Jesus and Judas." Lynx came prepared for the clash with dubs specifically calling Tony's name, which made it obvious it was all pre-planned on his part. Tony has his views on why Lynx did what he did, "him go try boost him career try and top Matterhorn. It gi him a lickle boost, but de boost weh him need, him cyan get it like dat cah yuh cyan Matterhorn."

A point Tony makes about the difference between him and Lynx is that Lynx gets dates in New York mainly and Tony is "global." Lynx did play some dates in the UK in England, but "Godfarda, a cassette yout', a nuh really like a promoter, hire him fe come a England." Tony is not dwelling on the issues between him and Lynx as he says "me haffe mek de people dem know me an him a no enemy."

Bounty Killer stepped into the arena regarding Lynx and Tony at the 'Biltmore Reunion' dance in New York. Tony recalls "Bounty Killer brush up Lynx a one dance in New York… so dem know seh it get sticky." Tony is still getting his exclusives from Bounty Killer and that's not going to change for now.

At the 'Biltmore Reunion' dance, Tony played alongside his old sound system King Addies. He played side by side with Babyface fuelling ideas that he might go back onto Addies, but sadly fans will be disappointed because even though their differences have been sorted out "de dance was long planned an we just seh alright, a de right time now… the fans dem did love it!", but about going back on the sound, "me reach too far now… me gone too far." Tony does have his own sound called Matterhorn Movements and right now "it a go on very well cah de people dem a tek liking to Johnny Killer." Tony's plans of getting more youths onto the sound are still in the making, "me jus want some more youts fe recruit and mek it den me can just relax."

Tony is also working on sorting out his dubs for clashes as he had always put tunes whether clash or not into juggling rhythms previously. He is also working on getting more foundation tunes and "from wha day" he has been cutting foundation tunes.

The future is still looking bright for Tony Matterhorn. He has plans for clashing in 2000, then there will be the 'Fully Loaded' dance later on in the year in Jamaica which was where he first buss and he's still helping younger selectors get their grounding in the business on Matterhorn Movements. We're wondering what Tony will be bringing forth for 2001 as there just seems to be no stopping him. Those who can't take the pace Tony's setting better step aside or risk getting flattened!

To book Tony Matterhorn call (Jamaica) 876-819-3976.

Tony Matterhorn - Mentally Ill to Kill


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