South African musician, 22-year-old Matthew Mole, is currently on tour in his home country and we want him on Aussie soil now.
This one man band has been around since 2010, but has only recently turned heads breaking history being the first South African to crack the top of the iTunes chart with the release of The Home We Built July last year.
Matt’s definitely an art felicis favourite with his charm shining through that smile and quirky beats winning our hearts. His musical style could be described as a mix between indie folk and electronica with his debut album The Home We Built displaying great tunes.
This guy can play. His many instruments include ukulele, banjo, piano, organ, guitars, drums and a wide variety of percussion. With his Dad handing him his first guitar at the tender age of 11, Matt’s God-given gift of music was unleashed. Signing with Just Music in 2012, Matt’s been on the road to riches.
His awkward giggles in live shows and shoe-gazing shyness make for a man standing on humble ground. His honesty translates through his album, with songs like “Chapel” telling a story about overcoming fear. Matt lyrically exposes his soul, laying it down bare and beautiful.
His album travels from joyful banjo banter in “Take Yours, I’ll Take Mine” to softer heart-rendering strums in “We, In You Confide” and “Free & Untorn”.
Matt’s words of wisdom, “I try to live my life a little differently to the way most people think it should be done. For me, music is very closely linked to that. I like to try and bring my hopes and beliefs through that. What I aim to achieve is for people to be affected by my music – in a great way, a way that will make them think about where they’re at. Something that everyone can relate to.”
His hopeful heart is worth a listen.
Hometown: Cape Town, South Africa.
Latest album: The Home We Built (released 29 July 2013).
Sounds like: Mumford and Sons, Gold Panda & High Highs.
Say what? Matt bypassed artists like Jay Z, The Rolling Stones, Michael Bublé and Imagine Dragons when topping the iTunes chart.