Monday, 12 July 2021
Wednesday, 2 June 2021
Monday, 10 May 2021
The South Coast of KZN really is a different kind of realm and on certain days it can lend itself to a magnetism, experienced in very few places on the planet. I was lucky enough to play at three awesome venues in the south coast locality recently. Thank you kindly to The Toti Brewery, The Spot Backpackers, and Rocky Ridge for all being incredibly kind to me. Check out some random images from the South Coast of KZN below.
Catch him at the following venues this week:
*Friday the 14th of May at Postino, D20, P134 Dargle Main Road, Dargle 3265 Howick, free entry.
*Saturday the 15th of May at Pub’s End, Howick Station, Howick Main Road, 3290.
More random images from the South Coast of KZN:
Friday, 26 March 2021
I have just put out a new video but haven't had the time to really let anyone know about it. So here it is below, its for the song West Coast Winter Blues off my third full-length album entitled Jut Pride.
Download the studio version here:
Download the 3rd Matt Vend album here:
I suppose I have already written about what this song is about so I will leave two articles below from when I freelanced for a publication called Mahala:
Enjoy the video:
Saturday, 13 March 2021
Thursday, 11 March 2021
I can’t really pinpoint the exact influences of this song. However, the initial idea more than likely stemmed from loud brashly South African electronic, urban, music which filtered into my psyche: just from wandering around Durban. In my alone time during this period, I was probably listening to a lot of New Order.
Listen to my cover of New Order's Restless:
Then South Africa’s elusive Felix Laband was also doing the rounds in some of these music listening sessions. So I basically had this idea of merging what I thought would sound like a cross between New Order and Felix Laband with a sprinkling of gqom.
The result sounds nothing like New Order or Felix Laband or even gqom for that matter, yet it’s something. A psychedelic kaleidoscope of noisy guitars and droning synthesizers. I have performed this track only twice live and both times I received an interesting response.
On the second occasion I was playing at The Winston Pub, the show was surprisingly full and a fair amount of revelers were at the front enjoying my aggressive approach to acoustic music. I decided to spring this one on them and within minutes the front of the house was cleared, however, I noticed two pockets of people really feeling the song. It was my last track and the first pocket of people, disheveled and shoe-less came rushing to the stage after the performance and told me that the song I had just performed was a trance song and that they were very impressed by the guitar.
The second pocket was hip hop heads at the back and they gleefully told me how I had in fact pulled off a live guitar-driven trap song. The bulk of the crowd by now was disinterested and in the beer garden drinking and smoking cigarettes.
Download the studio version here:
Thanks for watching
Thursday, 4 March 2021
I would write some kind of blurb for my new rough around the edges, live video for my lowbrow, electronic track, "The Van Gogh of Rock 'n Roll", however, I already wrote a fairly extensive blog sometime back revolving around this very song. Read the full blog here.
You can also download the studio version for 1 dollar if you're feeling generous:
The Van Gogh of Rock 'n Roll live video: