Music is very personal to an individual, says Matt Carstens, who recently released his debut album 2D Heart.
It’s also the main way he chooses to communicate who he is as a human being and how he experiences everyday life.
“With 2D Heart I simply conveyed my own struggles and experiences with regards to love and change that took place in my life in the last year. Its a reflection of me.”
He had some big names working on his debut album such George van der Spuy from Taxi Violence who is also the owner of Kill City Blues, the studio where the album was recorded.
“He is super easy to work with musically, and we both had a good understanding of what we wanted to see in the end product. Which resulted in the album as we know it today. I couldn’t be happier with it.”
The first two singles, Paper Planes and Our Revolution, received an overwhelming response on radio and also reached No 1 spots on Wild Coast Fm and Coastal Radio SA’s charts.
The album was an opportunity for him to vocalise how he experiences and understands things and largely influenced by his own pursuit of love – and all the ups and downs that come with it.
“As well as the fact that I am at a point in my life where a lot of change is happening with regards to university, changing scenery and change of mindset as an individual. I feel writing the album put things in perspective for me and I hope it might help do the same for people who listen to my music.”
Carstens says 2D Heart was his tongue-in-cheek way of saying that what sometimes people experience and deem important may actually be more simple and two dimensional than they make it out to be.
“I certainly over complicate a lot of things, as all humans do. [The album] also makes a reference to the recurring theme of love and loss that my songs are about.”
Looping has become quite a trend in the music industry and Carstens uses is to add a new dimension to his music without being limited to the restraints of simply being a singer/songwriter with nothing more than a voice and a guitar.
Carstens has captivated audiences nationwide with his mature mastering of his guitar and skill on his looping station. He creates a diverse show with these elements that blows people away with every strum.
“I have great admiration for musicians who choose this route. I try to keep it as interesting as possible for myself as much as for the audience. The loop helps me do that.”
Though he is currently a student at Stellenbosch University, he says he is used to balancing his music career and studies.
“I’ve been gigging and writing my own music since I was 14. So finding a balance between school and music has almost become second nature to me. I admit it gets tougher juggling the two as the university workload catches up to me, but I am managing well enough.”
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