May 29, 2003

Rob Dougan Perfects “Furious Angels”

By Randy J. Klodz

Australian recording artist Rob Dougan, a self-proclaimed perfectionist, may not have released a full record upon the United States, but he’s quietly built a steady name for himself in the UK, where he currently resides, as well as on each of the records released for the popular “Matrix” movie series. His major-label debut “Furious Angels” is also set to hit U.S. shelves on June 3.

Fans of the first “Matrix” film may remember the scene that Dougan described as “the blonde woman in a red dress scene where Dougan’s remixed version of “Clubbed to Death,” which has been big hit with audiences in the UK, is played in the background. Dougan has also contributed “Chateau” and an instrumental version of “Furious Angels” for the soundtrack to “Matrix Reloaded.”

There is not one genre-defining word to describe Dougan as an artist, or his work on “Furious Angels,” which he spent six years creating. Dougan even employed the talents of a 40 or 122-piece orchestra to add to the ambiance of many of the album’s 15 tracks.

Dougan is all over the musical spectrum. Often fusing elements of pop, rock, classical and dance, in a single track, but he’d like to make it clear that he’s not a dance artist. “I think that dance music is such a bad term, what do you do dance to it?” Dougan said with a laugh.

Dougan is currently working on bringing his album “Furious Angels” to live U.S. audiences, where he plans to synchronize streaming video with his music. “Every second is planned and slaved over,” he said. “That’s why I didn’t rush into anything with the album.”

With the use of orchestral elements and Dougan’s knack for perfection, “Furious Angels” took six years to create, but it seems as though Dougan planned it that way. “I think that finding your own voice takes a while,” he said. “Whenever you’re doing something on sort of an alternative path it’s almost hard to get all the boys—the record companies—on board and believing in it.”

The bitter lyrics to “Left Me For Dead” and “I’m Not Driving Anymore” are a far cry from some of the cheery pop that is currently invading U.S. radio waves, but the unique mix of strings and slow dance beats is a pleasure to the ears.

The line “But if I’m going down you are coming with me” rings through on “Left Me For Dead.” American audiences are bound to attach themselves to this new breed of artist that is Rob Dougan, which would be Dougan rising, with a strong audience following directly behind. For more information on Rob Dougan, log onto www.robdougan.com.

Rob Dougan Photo:Alas & Piggot