MATTHEW MOLE – Support: Will Linley
Ersatztermin für den 15.9.20, 25.5.21 und 27.4.22 - Tickets behalten ihre Gültigkeit Erneut verschoben - Statement des Künstlers: "hey everybody its with extreme frustration that we once again find ourselves unable to make all our upcoming shows work together as a collective across the whole of Europe and UK due to some differing territory Covid rules. We have managed to reschedule everything and could not be happier with the dates we have gotten as most venues are the same and we have managed to add in one or two shows. The good news is all tickets will be valid for the new dates so you don’t need to do anything on your side. I am so grateful for the fans that I have and that they have committed and stuck through this with me, this tour in August is going to be the best tour I have done – I could not be more excited to see you all again. See you soon Matt.” The list of local artists who can be described as multi-instrumentalist blending, nu-folk is quite short. In fact, that mouthful only really applies to one – Matthew Mole. Ghost contains Matthew’s typical eclectic blend of folk, electronica undertones and positive vibes. “While the new album contains the usual traits,” says Matthew, “I have experimented with electronics a lot more and I’ve introduced a bit of a ‘bigger’ sound in terms of instrumentation.” The inspiration behind the album, he says, is overcoming all sorts of difficulties. It is also what inspired the album’s title. A quirky addition is that the ghost that graces the cover has a name – and his own Instagram account! “While he is cute,” explains Matthew, “Olly, which is short for Oleander, represents fear.” And that is exactly what Ghost is all about. “The songs on this album represent fighting difficult situations in life. A lot of the difficulty comes down to fear or insecurity. The ghost represents those insecurities,” he explains. “It is something that intimidates us when we feel most vulnerable, but which ultimately has no power over us because we know that things will get better.” Matthew wrote all the songs himself – with the help of Josh Klynsmith’s ‘magic ear’ on two of the tracks – and the album was recorded in Cape Town, Johannesburg and London over the course of a year. He admits that the album is different to anything he has ever done. “But it is the best music I have ever written, and I believe that there is a message in the songs that anyone can relate to.” While he finds it difficult to pinpoint a favourite track, he says that Back to You – which, incidentally, is the next single off the album – is his favourite to play. Describing it as an up-tempo, happyaggressive song, Matthew explains the inspiration behind the track. “In most situations, if we let fear creep in, it keeps us from saying what we truly feel. This song is about speaking up for yourself when you are feeling intimidated. It is talking about something that we all need to hear, that will have a positive impact on our lives. It also has a badass guitar part!” Matthew recognises pressure as a challenge for any recording artist, but also regards it as a gift. “Music is powerful in so many ways and I love how music can have such a major influence on the message someone is trying to convey. I am grateful that people are still listening and waiting for more. It encourages me to continuing writing music I can be proud of.” Another challenge when recording a new album is song selection. “It takes a lot to write a song. I would love to think that every song on Ghost is the best, because I put the same amount of thought and effort into each one,” says Matthew. While he has been in the industry for seven years, Matthew still considers his career as being in its infancy. And as for career highlights? “There are so many that I am grateful for. But every time I play a show and hear people singing along, it gets added to my list of highlights!” Ultimately, Matthew only has one goal. “I want there to be a strong message of hope in the music that I write. I want someone to hear a song, be intrigued about what I’m saying, and ultimately feel more hopeful than they did before they heard it.” Oh, and to find the world’s best burrito!
For Will Linley, a career in music was a distant dream. The 20-year-old musician & songwriter, born & raised in Cape Town, South Africa, can’t remember a time in his life without music. He grew up singing with his three brothers & his mom & studied classical singing in high school. The singer’s debut single, MISS ME (WHEN YOU’RE GONE), was written last October, inspired by a real-life experience. The song got traction after Will teased it on TikTok, and he & his producers have refined the emotionally-wrought tune since. Like all of Will’s music, MISS ME (WHEN YOU’RE GONE) evokes a universal connection & uplifting positivity. Whilst Will has found a global connection with fans thanks to TikTok, a platform to which he owes much of his success thus far, he is particularly excited about the South African connections that have been established whilst working on this project & he plans to continue collaborating with South African creatives, like Noble and the MISS ME (WHEN YOU’RE GONE) music video director Abongwe Booi.” A phrase commonly used amongst South Africans is ‘We’re stronger together’ & that is something I want to bring through in my music,” WILL notes, “It’s exciting to have the place I call home on display through my art.”