Turn it Up!
Mathew Gold’s smooth and dreamy vocals have been riding high on the South African airwaves over the past four years thanks to a number of powerful hit collaborations.
Releasing his debut album, The Rush, in 2013, Mathew featured the who’s who of producers in South African music, including Crazy White Boy, Justin Denobrega (Die Antwoord), AKA, Mr Sakitumi, Pascal and Pierce, David Jones and Good Luck. In May this year, he released his self-titled second studio album, which comes after the release of his latest commercial single, “Magnetic Field”, earlier this year.
The album is a culmination of three years of writing while working with numerous producers and co-writers. Recorded in three different studios across the country, the album features nine local and four international producers who have lent their signature to the final product.
For this album, Mathew found inspiration from his own life experiences. The songs come from a personal place – they were written about his girlfriend as well as significant stories from his past.
Mathew describes himself as very possessive over his music. This allows him to be interested in every sound that gets added into a song. He says this album helped him to understand when to let go of a song and love it for its simplicity. He decided to self-title the album because it’s a musical and truthful reflection of who he is – a personal musical diary of sorts.
“I believe I have always been versatile in making music or collaborating, but what makes this album so different is the freedom in which the music was made. It’s risky to be that open-minded, but I had nothing to lose – or at least it felt that way. It’s a collective of music I’ve never been prouder to call my own. My music can take you many places. I would rather believe that I’ve taken more risks than wonder if I ever took enough.”