Module Leader - Songwriting
Roddy Matthews was born in 1956 and studied Modern History at Balliol College, Oxford from 1975-78. Since then he has worked in television, film and the record business for over thirty years, during which he has taken on a wide variety of roles, including composer, arranger, guitarist, label manager, producer and engineer.
He has sung for England, and played for a selection of artists from Charles Aznavour and Mungo Jerry to Tom Jones and Roland Rat. He has written styles of music that range from Hindi language pop songs to The Biscuit Rap from Two Pints of Lager, via country hoedowns, impressions of Bob Dylan, and metal blitz-outs.
His film and TV composing credits include: Take Three Girls (Inspired Movies) 2006, Sobhraj: The Hippy Killer (Channel 5) 2005, Exitz (Inspired Movies) 2005, Bollywood Dancing (BBC) 2002, Ambient India (Channel 4) 2000, London’s Burning (LWT) 1989-97, Newshounds (Polygram/Working Title) 1990, Alexei Sayle’s Stuff (BBC) 1992, The Mary Whitehouse Experience (BBC) 1991, The Winjin’ Pom (Spitting Image) 1990, Funseekers (Comic Strip) 1989, Hello Mum (BBC) 1987, and adverts for Duracell, Twix, Burger King, and News on Sunday.
He has appeared on numerous hit records, including George Michael’s US No. 1 “Monkey” (1988) and Basement Jaxx’s “Where’s Your Head At?” (2002). Other recording credits include; Bomb the Bass, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Rick Astley, Patsy Kensit, ABC, Sinitta, Shakin’ Stevens, Nas, Boney M, Pepsi and Shirlie, 5Star, Jason Donovan, Stewart Copeland and Musical Youth.
Other TV/film credits include: Absolutely Fabulous, Bottom, French and Saunders, The Lenny Henry Show, World of Happy, Murder Most Horrid, Rory Bremner, Monarch of the Glen, Robbie Coltrane, Harry Enfield and Friends, ITN National News, Watchdog, Fry and Laurie, Blue Peter, and various Comic Strip productions including More Bad News, Four Men in a Car, Oxford, Mr Jolly Lives Next Door, GLC, and Space Virgins From the Planet Sex.
All this leaves him with much to say on a great many subjects.