The alias ‘Mathas’ is taken from his name, Tom Mathieson. All ‘emcees’ need a pseudonym and this was the best he could come up with. Or so he’ll tell you. However, behind his bedraggled appearance and self-deprecating humour lies Australian hip-hop’s preeminent lyricist.
Mathas is a social commentator whose lyrics create alternative landscapes on the back of a sharp wit. His characters mirror our flaws and his stories ring truer than our daily headlines. Touching on elements of life from a safe Australian birth to the climatic environment we now exist in, Mathas picks apart his planet with thickly cryptic sarcasm that is overall begrudgingly optimistic.