Matt Carstens

Matt is a folk pop, singer/songwriter from South Africa (SA) who has been composing his own music since the age of 12, and who continues to mould his creations to deliver the captivating performances he is known for today.

He skilfully manipulates his guitar and knows his way around his looping pedals, charming audiences with his endlessly versatile repertoire of songs and gallant on-stage presence. With numerous festivals in Africa under his belt, he has gained invaluable performing experience. He recorded a 6-track EP before releasing his debut album 2D Heart in April 2017.

Matt’s debut single, Paper Planes, has been playlisted by a number of prominent radio stations in SA, including student radio TUKSfm (University of Pretoria), MFM (University of Stellenbosch, Cape Town) and PUKfm (University of Potchefstroom). He has made television appearances in SA to promote his album on national shows such as

Expresso Morning Show (a national breakfast programme), and three more songs from his album have been playlisted by national radio stations, JacarandaFM and RSG.

In July 2017 Matt performed at Innibos Festival (SA’s largest music festival) where he won its Rock Rumoer competition, a renowned annual battle of the bands. He was awarded a spot on the main stage of the festival, a cash prize and a music video sponsored by Kyknet (the MTV equivalent in SA). Later that year he also won the #VanCokeColab Initiative, which offers young singer/songwriters the chance to collaborate with Francois van Coke (a celebrated SA rock musician). Their resulting single, Broken Society, was well-received by the major national radio stations upon its release in October 2017. Throughout his career, Matt has shared the stage with various well-known SA musicians such as Matthew Mole, Francois van Coke, Majozi, and Arno Carstens, to name a few.

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