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We caught up with our favourite acoustic musician Matthew Mole

2015-04-01 06:46

Cape Town - Matthew Mole, fresh from a London tour where he performed with Mango Groove, The Soil and Kinky Robot, is back in Cape Town.

In January, this best-selling Cape Town singer-songwriter announced his engagement to Jessica Pettitt.

Soundcheck at this place.

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Channel24 managed to clinch a quick interview before he retreats for an epic song-writing session.

1. You won’t be doing many live shows this year to focus on recording your new album. What can fans expect from it? How much different will it be to your previous work?

I'm having lots of fun writing new stuff at the moment. I'm going to keep a lot of the same elements as the previous album, but I'm being super inspired to write more towards the electronic side of things. So lots more synth-y sounds.

2. Music isn’t your only creative skill. Tell us a little about the illustrations you do?

I used to do lots of illustrating. Just for fun really, I did lots of artwork for my music but now days I just play around here and there.

3. How has post-engagement life been for you?

Amazing. Jess and I have been feeling so much love from so many people. We're well ahead in our wedding planning at the moment.

Jess and I did a shoot with @ladandlassphotography. The are so incredible, go look.

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4. Would you advise budding musicians out there to do things as you have done, career-wise? Or are there things that you would have differently, looking back?

Obviously it's different for everyone. People just need to know that timing is always different for each person's career. So don't be put down if things aren't happening as quickly as you hoped they would, keep working hard.

5. You play guitar and the ukulele. Is there any instrument that you wish you could play?

I play some piano, but I want to be really good at it. So hopefully one day I can get close.

6. You’ve worked with Matthew Fink, formerly of The Black Hotels. Which other South African musicians have influenced your work? Who would you like to collaborate with someday?

I love Shortstraw and Desmond & The Tutus. They have helped me out a lot in this industry and I'm so thankful to them. I wrote a song with Gangs Of Ballet recently, which was my first collaboration, I'm keen to do more of that.

The Soil also played at the Hammersmith Apollo on Saturday night. Today they are playing for the Queen. #ballin

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7. Of all the bands you’ve supported, especially the international acts touring South Africa, which have been your favourite?

I love playing shows with Gangs Of Ballet, sometimes we play some songs together. It's always something different to what I'm used to. Internationally, opening for Bastille was amazing.

8. You were born in Fish Hoek – you're Capetonian through and through. Did the recent fires affect you or your close ones at all?

Luckily no one I know was affected that I know of. It was amazing to see that so many of my friends were volunteering though and helping people that really needed it. People seem to have dealt with the situation really well.

9.  What was your experience of touring overseas? Are the crowds and concert experiences there much different to South Africa?

Everywhere is different. I love playing somewhere that is completely foreign to me, it's such a new feeling. I really love the challenge of expanding as far and wide as I can.

Matthew Mole is performing at African Pride 15 On Orange on 11 April. Tickets include a three-course small bowl meal and a bottle of bubbly.

For tickets, contact Lauren

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