1. Tell us something about yourself and how you became a bass player.
My name is Matamba and I am a musician, producer and singer from Bolivia. I became a bass player jamming with friends a few years ago, when we started to change instrument positions in the band just for fun, but I have a very nice story. It all starts when I was recording my first album “Estilo Dread” and you know, for some reasons, I had to record all the instruments, which was a wonderful experience that also allowed me to produce my own music giving me the freedom to express everything I wanted to transmit and bring as a musical proposal. Without any doubt, the experience of recording the bass was sublime and I fell in love with the instrument even more since then.
2. When and where did you learn about Sire? What was your first impression with our basses? How was your first gig using your Sire bass?
I heard about Sire through a company that made them known in Bolivia, this company is called DON BOLIVIA, and from the excellent campaign they made I was curious to visit their offices and to be able to remove myself the doubt seeing and hearing the sound of the instrument. When I arrived to the show room, I saw the M7… IT WAS LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT! Minutes later I was involved in the powerful sound that this wonderful instrument gave me and from that moment I became a “SIRE FAN”. I had a gig in Cochabamba, Bolivia the same day (Cochabamba is the city were the company DON BOLIVIA is located) and I did not miss the opportunity to present the M7 live, so I said to my bass player Armin Jhamil Mostajo “bro today we blow the place with this beautiful monster,” and the result was spectacular. I love the M7!
3. How does it feel to be a SIRE FRIEND in BOLIVIA?
It is an honor and also an immense joy to be a SIRE FRIEND, to be able to represent the brand in every place or country where I give concerts and there is no doubt that since the bass M7 became a part of my team, my music was enhanced by bringing my sound, in the recordings and also in live performances, to another level.
4. Please tell us about your band, Matamba.
I am a solo artist who has a wonderful live band and with it we have a unique and different musical proposal, the sound of DREADCORE, which is a combination of Reggae Roots and Hardcore Metal that also includes Soul and Hip Hop brushstrokes. We are currently one of the few Bolivian bands, of alternative music, that have traveled around the globe, invited to play in many countries, participating in international concerts sharing the stage with artists such as DMX, Alpha Blondie, Ky Mani Marley, Damian Marley, Stephen and Julian Marley, Shakira, Calle 13, Juanes, Cultura Profética , The Skattalites, Alborosie, Charlie Black, Capleton, Sizzla Kalonji and more. We have been part of festivals such as the Pepsi Music Festival, 9 Mile Music festival, Cosquín Rock, Tigo Reggae Festival, One Love Festival, Interkultur Drammen Festival, Vorterix Reggae Fest and others, taking our musical proposal and expanding my sound… the DREADCORE, around the world.
5. What and when was your most memorable performance and why?
At the beginning of this year we were in Miami sharing a memorable concert with part of the Marley Brothers (Julian, Damian and Stephen) sons of the legendary Bob Marley, and last year we gave a concert with Ky Mani Marley bringing us a complete beautiful experience, being able to share the stage with them. For me, it was a very special experience and gives me an unforgettable period in my career, and this was enhanced when, in Miami, I was invited to Bob Marley’s house where I stayed, I also had the opportunity to share a little with his family… It was wonderful unique experience and a great blessing, for real.
6. Tell us about your upcoming tour and concerts.
We are going to Norway for 10 dates this month and we are very happy for this opportunity because we wanted to go to Europe since forever! I always talk about LA RAZA (The people who follows my music) in many places of the world and thanks to JAH and LA RAZA in Europe we have this amazing opportunity to bring them my music this year. It is a blessing! We are also going to Argentina and in February of the next year we’ll be going to Puerto Rico!
7. You are just about to release a new album. Tell us a little bit about the album and what we can expect.
Yes! I am currently recording what will be my new album, called LION ARMY There are 16 songs full of FIRE that will surely touch the heart and soul of the people in a positive way. It is an album loaded with a lot of DREADCORE that you will be able to enjoy from start to finish! While I am recording the songs, I am very excited to see the color that the record is getting, it contains quite powerful songs but also has quite intimate songs which travel harmonically to the deepest of the soul… I am excited to give it to the people!
8. Please tell us where we can find more about you.
You can visit and share my music on my official accounts:
@matambachiorino (youtube channel)
My music is also available for streaming on iTunes, Spotify, Deezer, Google+
9. Any words for the bass players out there planning to get a Sire in the future?
If you have the opportunity to get a SIRE, one of the most important things you should know is that there is a SIRE suitable for anyone according to the style you want to play (any style). What makes SIRE unique, unlike others, is that the versatility of its sound HAS NO LIMITS and once you play with one of these beautiful basses I am sure that you will never be disappointed! I invite you and I challenge you to be a part of the SIRE family… I promise… YOU WILL NOT REGRET!!!