Matt Pritchard | Interview
Matt Pritchard, known for being one quarter of Dirty Sanchez, now runs triathlons and has his own vegan cooking show. “What’s wrong?” Fedor Tot asks.
Recently you’ve broken the record for most triathlons completed on consecutive days, you’ve had your vegan cooking show and you’re doing all these healthy things… is something wrong?
Ha! There was a bit of a glitch in the matrix I suppose. It was a case of living a bit of a wild lifestyle before and drinking heavily, the kind of stuff you do when you’re young. The realisation that I’m getting a bit older too and that I need to start looking after myself. When I watched Cowspiracy, that opened my eyes to everything else that comes along with being vegan and that’s why I decided to become vegan. With my background – I left school and went to college to train as a chef. I did that for two years. I’m learning a new form of cooking, veganism, and really enjoying it.
Are there plans for more vegan cooking on Youtube?
Yeah, I think it’s just one of those things that I’ll keep doing. I’m currently in the process of having a new kitchen put in the house, so when that kitchen is up and running I’ll start knocking out some more recipes. I’m not a professional chef or anything – if anyone’s seen the show, they’ll see that half the time I forget to put some of the ingredients in.
You’ve been touring with Dirty Sanchez recently; what have you been up to?
Me and [Lee] Dainton, along with Matt Stocks who does the Life In The Stocks Podcast, put this show together, where we go on the road and do spoken word, just sharing stories of our years together in Dirty Sanchez, rather than going on stage smashing the living shit out of each other. We do a Q&A for the fans and they get to ask the questions they’ve always wanted to know about Dirty Sanchez. The audience really loved it – you couldn’t hear a pin drop when we were talking. More importantly, me and Dain have enjoyed doing it… never trust anyone that doesn’t have any stories!
Any good ones that you can think of for us now?
There’s Sanchez stories that people don’t know about, like where I got shot at point blank range and it went completely wrong. It was fucking terrifying. I blew backwards, it went through the bulletproof vest and damaged my side, one of the bullets went through my arm and then I got told by the camera man that he forgot to press record. The guy who actually shot me went, “no, I’m not doing that again,” and walked off [laughs].
It was the same time just before then that I got married to Pancho, that was a big question on tour – “are you still married to Pancho?” Yes, officially. I thought it was going to be a joke – little did I know Dan got ordained on the internet and I signed legal papers. I’m engaged to my missus and we’re getting married in 2020, so I’ve got to get divorced from Pancho first. I hope he doesn’t kick off and want half my stuff.
With Dirty Sanchez and the triathlon activity, do you think you’re addicted to pain?
It’s just that I like pushing myself. It makes me feel alive. The agony that I’m in the day after doing an Ironman – I know I sound weird but I really enjoy that pain. I know, mentally, the day before I did something positive. Rather than nailing my cock to a piece of wood.
You’ve got a triathlon coming up in Barry. What are the plans for that?
I’ve always wanted to put one on. I’ve teamed up with a guy called Simon Webb, a fellow triathlete. Fair play, he’s put a lot of work in – the course is all mapped out, the sponsors are all in. We’ve got over 200 people entered already and it’s a great way to introduce people to triathlon – it’s an easier distance.
SWYD Sprint Triathlon, Barry Island, Sun 3 June. Entry fee: £59. Info: www.allornothingevents.com
photos PETER PICKFORD