Meet The Pro Footballer Who Also Features On The FIFA 20 Soundtrack
How many people can say they have appeared on FIFA, Football Manager and BBC Radio 1Xtra's Fire in the Booth? Not many. In fact, only one man has achieved such a remarkable feat.
Matt Robinson is living a life many people dream of.
The 26-year-old midfielder plays for Vanarama National League side Dagenham & Redbridge. He wakes up at 6am, trains and eats like your typical, full-time professional footballer.
He also goes under the name Kamakaze, a UK grime artist who has racked up hits with Big Zuu and Capo Lee.
Born and raised in Leicester, Robinson has gone from playing in The Foxes academy, where he spent the majority of his childhood, to playing his music in front of thousands at gigs around the country, performing hit songs like 'Last Night' featuring Massappeals.
And it was this huge track, released in early 2019, that catapulted his name on to the FIFA 20 soundtrack.
It's an achievement he calls "a dream come true".
"The news of it happening was mental. I thought the offer was way too good to be true," Robinson tells SPORTbible.
"Max, who did the sync deal, messaged me on Instagram and I honestly thought it was a joke, or just someone trying to get music sent out. I'm the first person to have been a player and have a song on the game, which is a personal milestone."
Robinson has come along way in a relatively short space of time.
As a teenager, he played in Leicester City's youth team before joining Football League side Luton Town on a two-year deal, gaining valuable experience on loan at Grimsby Town and Woking during his time at Kenilworth Road.
But away from the football pitch, Matt was also making waves in another world; the ever-growing UK grime scene.
Under the handle Kamakaze, a name he originally spelled wrong but decided to keep because it "sounded cool", he released a freestyle rap on one of the largest platforms for grime artists around the West Midlands.
After years of hard work and graft, his performance on JDZ Media was only the start of things to come.
"It was seven or so years before I really got picked up," he told us.
"How I got noticed was like most rappers, except over a longer time scale. Most people nowadays drop a few freestyles and get interest and it rolls from there.
"As for actually being in the industry, I wouldn't even say I'm there yet but I've worked hard to be where I am."
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While juggling his job as a full-time footballer with music, Robinson went on to release a number of well received tracks, including 'Coldeine', 'Memories' and more recently 'On Fire', featuring Big Zuu and Capo Lee.
He would be asked to appear on BBC Radio1 Xtra's Fire in the Booth with Charlie Sloth, and was picking up millions of views on YouTube channels like JDZ Media and SBTV.
But the priority was, and still is, football.
"If I have any music business like studio or anything, that definitely comes in the afternoon or on days off," Robinson says.
"I prioritise football because it's my main source of income, so I'll turn down shows and stuff if it interferes with football schedule or preparation, which is difficult."
After spending four years at Luton, Robinson now plays for Dagenham & Redbridge, who currently play in the fifth tier of English football. So what do his teammate think of Matt's double life as a musician and a full-time player?
"The lads get behind it but the staff seem to think it's a bit of a joke," he tells us.
"Some of them don't understand the stage that it's at. But that's cool, they probably just aren't used to seeing it.
"Sometimes we might play the song 'Last Night' after a win, which hasn't been that often this season. It's been a tough one but we've got a good group and the new management have implemented a lot of positive changes.
"Hopefully we can finish the season strongly and keep the momentum moving into the next, whenever that may be."
Robinson is keen to continue progressing in both football and music. When asked about what's next in his life, the Leicester-born artist is clear about his ambitions.
"I try to always answer this question honestly, lots of music, lots of football, lots of happiness. I've got a plan for the year musically and performance wise this season has probably been my strongest on the field.
"So yeah I'm enjoying my life and may that long continue."
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