The Bandit is set to lay down beats in Gladstone

Rapper Matt White - aka 'The Bandit' will be journeying to Gladstone, performing at The Reef with DJ Don Q Friday January 25, 2013.
Rapper Matt White - aka 'The Bandit' will be journeying to Gladstone, performing at The Reef with DJ Don Q Friday January 25, 2013. Contributed

HE SIMPLY "loves to f****** rap''.

Matt White aka The Bandit is all set to pump out his lyrics with a sexy beat at the Gladstone Reef Hotel on Friday night with DJ DON Q.

Though previously portrayed as a bad boy rapper, The Bandit now comes across as sincere as you can get - certainly as sincere as his lyrics.

His talent took him to enormous heights on Australia's Got Talent and after finishing as a finalist, the rapper is now touring and preparing to launch his new video in the next few months.

"We've got night club scenes, Chopper Read in it, and all the chicky babes,'' The Bandit said.

The tough act that is usually exposed from a rapper is slightly softened in The Bandit who possess a sense of emotional reality.

He admits he is very close to his mum .

"I've still got her back," he said.

"She's a soldier. She's had my back over the s***."

With a slightly dark past, the star rapper said he has certainly learnt a lot in life, but he could not say he has changed as a person.

"I've got a heart and brain and body that does its own thing," he said.

"I do know how to respect people a bit more though."

Since he was kid, The Bandit said he was a bit of an attention seeker.

Now, since Australia's Got Talent 2011, he has the attention of a massive Australian audience.

Sixty-odd songs later, written over his years, The Bandit is now living the dream.

"I just wanted to make my own music," he said.


The Gladstone Observer's exclusive Q&A with The Bandit:

Q - How did you get into rapping?

A - I started rapping in the juvenile detention centre. For me, rap seemed to find me, it's not like I was chasing it. It was just something I was blessed with, I think.

Q - Was it influenced by your childhood and if so, how?

A - My childhood had a massive part to play, that's definite. I told stories in my music about a lost young child. That's who I am I guess.

Q - Tell me about your Australia's Got Talent experience?

A - It was all pretentious. Everybody in that whole industry seemed to want one thing - $ - it hurt me to see the gullible ones getting scammed by managers and labels. I'm doing it all independently so I don't go through their mistakes. Well that's the plan anyway, but you never know do you?

Q - How did you feel on stage?

A - At first on stage I was anxious and curious to how it all worked. Never scared, just excited. My anxiousness helped me to get up and do it. And the other half of what drove my ambition came from, me wanting to prove everybody that doubted me wrong. I'm not here to paint a pretty picture in the industry. I'm just straight up me and if it works then it will work with me being real, never pretentious.

Q - What is the message you try to portray in your music?

A - Try not to get yourself down, lift your head and march on chest first with your chin in the air. It's a message to stay strong in life and never give up. Even when you hit rock bottom, make sure you hit it with high determinations of bouncing back, stronger and better and always remember you don't know everything. Be willing to learn and stand up for what you f****** believe in. It's a cold world and this s*** ain't meant to be easy. Pardon my swearing I'm very strong about that side of things. It's a message to all underdogs to get up and get ready cause I aint stopping.

Q - What is it like knowing where you were and where you are today?

A - S*** ain't changed all that much. I've bettered my life by learning life's lessons on my own. Nobody is coming to pick you up and hold your hand when you fall over. You gotta' get up and dust yourself off. You know what I mean. Stay strong and soldier on.

Q - What does the future hold for you?

A - Who could ever know that? Hopefully success and to leave a legacy for every struggling underdog like me.

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