Mathew Gold’s smooth and dreamy vocal has been riding high on the South African airwaves over the past 4 years through a number of powerful hit collaborations.

Starting off with SAMA record of the year nominated “Taking It Easy” with Goodluck in 2011 to the most recent smash hit “When We Were Young” with Breadklaw, Mathew Gold is no stranger to the limelight. Mathew’s other numerous hit collaborations include “No Ordinary Guy” with AKA and “Where Are You Going” with eclectic electro outfit, The Kiffness.

We chat to him ahead of his latest self-titled album.
Do you write out your lyrics and Do you ever change a song’s lyrics in live sets?

Yes I do, I often change the setlist during the show to adapt to the vibe and audience. Club audiences are very demanding and all DJ’s or artists should be able to switch it up at any time. I love being kept on my toes, musically.

Where do you usually gather songwriting inspiration? What is your usual songwriting process?

There are so many ways to write a song. Usually it would start with a guitar or piano arrangement and the lyrics or melody soon follows. I also sleep with a notepad and pen by my side because you never know when that “moment” of inspiration will hit you.


Photo by Canton Parker


What got you involved in music in the first place?

My father, he played guitar and piano while my mother often would gently sing in the background. Music was and is still a part of my everyday life. Subconsciously I’m always making new music.

What would you say are the must-have items for anyone interested in producing high-quality music? And what would you say are the bare necessities for those who are budget conscious?

Find FREE music recording software, buy a decent sound card and a entry level studio microphone. You can make on a low budget. Most of my skeleton ideas come from music I have produced myself at home. In SA quality is subjective and if you don’t try there’s no way of knowing.

We feel that a personal motivating factor, albeit a superficial one, is that we want to create music to leave a legacy. To be able to materialise something in this life that lastingly affects people. Would you say legacy is a motivating factor for you?

YES! I want my music to stand the test of time and leave a mark on people and their daily lives. My mission is to make great music and when I am satisfied with the product then my job is done.