Cooley High - Mateo DiFontaine

'WTF do they want to know what I put on my Christmas tree?' Mateo at the one2one FLC gig Manchester, December 2000

Yeah I nicked all this from PFLC, but since it's my site, I figured I didn't need permission.

AKA: *I'm sorry, I have to update y'all. We are not entirely sure of Mateo's first name or surname for reasons to numerous to mention here, so he shall henceforth be referred to as Fiffle. Thank you.*
Mateo DiFontaine, DJ Matteo, DJ Mateo, DJ Doublemilk, Fiffle, Potato [We don't really know why, though there are several amusing theories. However, we do intend to capitalise on this for comedy and 'randomness' {ooh word coinage} purposes.]
Age: 25 (at 14-3-01)
Height: Averageish
Weight: = mass x g.f.s.
Hair: Dark brown, short
Eyes: Two, brown
Little Bro: Kevin ‘The Kid’ DiFontaine as seen in Fun Lovin' Criminals' 'Scooby Snacks' vid - 'Go Fish' version. And he's just the cutest little poppet. If anyone knows where I can buy a 'Kevin The Kid' (gotta be wearing that too big anorak) then please mail me.
Hidden Talents: Mateo is an accredited chef (His Shark Linguine comes highly recommended by Fast of Fun Lovin' Criminals). He also has a talent for word coinage: deuce=doublemilk, Troy= Tron.
Ok. He's not just a chef, DJ, bass player in a band...he's also a part time massage therapist. No shit.
Obsessive fans he should beware of?
Where have I seen him before Cooley High?: Mateo is the support DJ on Fun Lovin' Criminals' tours, and never fails to die spectacularly in Huey's Acting School. Or perhaps you saw him at a U2 gig (!). He also plays Shine’s Thursday night party ‘2a.m.SHAG@Shine’ [it doesn’t mean that in the US!].

What people are saying about his DJ-ing...

"2:00amSHAG@ Shine
At Shine's "Shag" party, silk ties get loosened, leather bags get tossed on red velvet couches, and the uptowners make it worth their cab ride by taking full advantage of the dance floor -- and one another. To the tune of D.J. Greg Poole's eighties hits, the young, moneyed crowd drops hundreds of dollars on bottles of Ketel One, dances atop the banquettes, and tries to lick Armani his and hers cologne off each other's necks. But that's only until 2 a.m.; then the uptown girls and guys climb back into cabs, and the turntables are turned over to D.J. Mateo DiFontaine of the Fun Lovin' Criminals and JUS-SKE from the Danücht crew for hard-core hip-hop. One week, Demi Moore and D.J. Muggs and Sen Dog of Cypress Hill were even dancing together. "It's a last-destination spot for the downtown crowd on Thursday night," said co-promoter Jason Strauss. "It's a great way to prepare for the weekend." 285 West Broadway (212-741-1700)
Interview with MD fom, April 2001:
Keepin' it in the Family - April 4, 2001 - 5:04 PM, Text: Simon R
Within seconds of punching Mateo DiFontaine’s cell phone number into my keypad, I’m welcomed by the funky sounds of hip-hop happy scratches and phat freddy basslines jangling my receiver box. I know I’m through.
Mateo’s voice is the second sound I hear. His confidently chilled vernacular eases me in and introduces me to what sounds like the annexe to a mad all-night party in a tour bus. Do these boys ever stop? Even between tour stops these guys raise rock n’ roll hell. Let me explain quickly, Mr. DiFontaine happens to be the DJ for the shit-hot, ultra cool funk rockers the Fun Lovin’ Criminals. He puts in a regular appearance not only as a warm up for the Crims, spinnin’ reggae and hip-hop tunes for the awaiting audience, but also as an actor of Oscar-like calibre in "Huey’s acting school", during the band’s live set. Most importantly though, the four FLC London dates in the insalubrious surroundings of Hackney’s Ocean saw Mateo showcasing his new band, Cooley High for the first time in the UK. And how privileged the British audience were. “Over here, bro, you’re all a lot more open to music. You’re not as spoon fed as the people in the States.” muses Mateo.
Fronted by a towering, colourfully clothed figure known only as ‘King’ – akin in looks to WC Fields… …with an edge, the band are a genre bending mix of… well everything really. Let’s see, we’ve got hip-hop, blues, rock n’ roll, funk and a little bit of soul thrown in for good measure. Imagine Neil Young with a fat ass J hanging from his cake hole, spinning the decks with one hand and strumming away with the other, all the time growling in his soulful way to the audience – that’s Cooley High.
On the last night the FLC ‘family’ were in London, Cooley were headliners at The Water Rats, deep in the heart of that other Bronx-like bastion of decay and degradation, King’s Cross. With an audience cross-section that included Hell’s Angels (The London Contingent), indie kids and gorgeous girlies (did I spot Cat Deely amongst the hordes?) the band sent a funky shockwave through the ribcages of an audience of eager punters. “We’re concerned with playing good music. I just wanna keep playing shows and running the band. King bosses us and I run the show!! We’ve now got some little labels interested in us and once the little fish start nibblin’ the bigger fish come up behind them.”
As yet unsigned, Cooley High have been lucky enough to have provided support for the Fun Lovin’ Criminals which means that they had the chance to play to an audience nearing 10,000 stretched over several nights. “The band formed as a result of me being left to my own devices looking after the FLC’s studio! King and I hooked up and wrote about 15 songs together. We’re like a big family – Cooley High, Huey, Fast, Mackie and the rest of the crew. We’ve had a ball touring with them and we hope to come back in the summer. We’re trying to get on the second stage at one of the festivals but I can’t say which one yet.”
So if summer seems a long way off to you and you can’t wait to sample the sounds of Cooley High, you’ll be able to buy their debut 4 song E.P. on the net. On which website, you cry!? The Fun Lovin’ Criminals site of course. Glad to see they’re keepin’ it in the family.

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Mateo on TFI, before tennis ball incident Scarface FLC-Style at the Bulldog Bash Mateo foresees his 'death' I have such a dirty mind. I'm so sorry.. The Mat in the hat Mateo mans the decks at the opening of Voodoo Lounge, Nov 2000
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