I heart The Bronx and Mariachi El Bronx! I first interviewed Matt when The Bronx came to Australia in 2004 for the first time. Every time I’ve seen them live the shows are off the chain, wild, exciting and a guaranteed good time! The following is an extract from a chat I had with him for my forthcoming book, Conversations with Punx (more info here).
I’m so stoked the book is finally coming together, 12 years of work getting closer to being d-o-n-e! I’m happy I’ve let it grow organically and haven’t forced or rushed anything; the book is starting to look awesome, Mark (my dear friend & editor/publisher of No Cure Magazine) and I have been working hard to make it manifest. Looking forward to sharing a sneak peek of the design with you soon!
How important is love to you?
MATT CAUGHTHRAN: It’s real important. It’s one of those things kind of like religion in a way: it fuels you when you don’t have it and it fuels you when you do have it. It’s a really cool thing. I’ve always just been built that way. I’ve always enjoyed having that connection with someone. It’s important to me as a person and the type of person that I am. I really enjoy having someone to pour all of my energies and emotion into. It’s awesome to have the respect from someone else and to have the respect in someone else.
What drives you?
MC: A lot of things. My mom. She worked so hard and never ever questioned my path in life in a negative way. She always encouraged me to think for myself, to make the best of myself and to not necessarily listen to the standards of living as to what makes a successful person and what makes a failure. She’s an amazing woman! The gift of music that I have chosen to follow since I was super young is so inspiring to me. I want to make my mark on the world. I want to leave an original stamp of art, music and creativity on the Earth for my kids to see. I want to be a good family man. I want to be a good dad. I want to have a good family to leave on the earth when I’m gone. What drives me is leaving my mark on things. I want to make my mom proud. I want to make myself proud. I want to leave things in the world that people will look at and go, “Wow! That’s amazing and original. That’s something only he could have done.” It happens in many different aspects not just music: how you deal with things; going to work and being a respectable person—so many things.
Do you dream at all?
MC: I sure do. I do this thing a lot where I get disappointed. I get satisfied and settle a lot. That’s something I don’t really like about myself. One thing I keep telling myself is that you always have to keep pushing yourself to go further. It’s always been my dream to get where I’m at right now. When you get to where you’re at and you’re still not completely happy, you’re still finding you’ve got this hole inside you, you start to question yourself. To me life is constantly about getting better and going further. Now that I understand that, I’m able to look at things in a more effective and challenging way. I’ve always had this thing where I get really high highs and super low lows. I got really tired of that. I got tired of being depressed and bummed when I was doing really good. I always try to stay positive now. I constantly try to evolve, keep writing, keep being creative and keep getting better. I don’t really have visual dreams like sleeping dreams, I have visions during the day—that’s when I do a lot of my ‘colourful’ thinking.
Have you always been a creative person?
MC: It’s something I’ve always loved doing. I used to read all these poems and loved acting them out in my room. I’ve always loved drawing and art, it’s always inspired me. History has always been so stimulating to my brain. When I found music I felt like I’d found a place to put all my energy and exercise it. When I really started falling in love with music that’s when I realised you don’t just have to listen to music, you can make music; that’s where everything took off for me.
You can read the full chat in my forthcoming book… below are links to other rad folks that feature in Conversations with Punx (click thru):
Have an awesome week!
*The Bronx photos by Stephen Booth (check out his extensive collection of amazing rock images at www.stephenboothphotography.com.au). Framed art piece above by Matt Bronx!