Over the course of the last decade and a half, well know singer and songwriter, Ard Matthews, has been honing his craft and moving people the world over. As the front man of South African band Just Jinjer, his indelible lyrics and melody arrangements led the way to the incredible success of their debut album title ‘All Comes Round’, becoming one of the biggest selling albums of all time in their native country of South Africa, achieving double platinum status in it’s first year, with the follow up album “Something for now” reaching the same status a year later.
Ard is currently touring with his solo band comprising of Steve Murray from Stealing Love Jones, on bass guitar, and Michael Goddard, formerly of Perez, on drums. The trio play a mix of songs from Ard’s solo album which was released last year, as well as some Just Jinjer favourites. “Just Jinjer is still alive and kicking, I’m just loving the freedom and accessibility that this solo band gives me for smaller venues. We’re having a lot of fun!”, says Ard.
Hey Friends, it's been a long time! It's been a really heavy year so far with so much happening in my life and career, and I really wanted to catch you all up.
Near the end of last year I was sitting in Cape Town after a show, with my girlfriend Deborah. We had an amazing Cortado from the Espresso Lab at the Old Biscuit Mill before we left, and the next morning she woke up and said 'I want my coffee'. I knew immediately what she talking about and the concept was born. A short 6 months later we opened up the doors to 'iwantmycoffee' in Umhlanga, Durban. A labour of love and a beautiful journey so far, we have managed to source an amazing coffee bean called "The Bluff Bru" from coffee legend Peter Winter, owner of Bean Green Roastery.
Along with 2 world class Baristas, Sam and Sipho, we have also sourced one of the world's only naturally occurring de-caf coffees, called the Racemosa bean, as well as the most ridiculous sandwich maker who supplies us with fresh 70mm thick organic sarmies. If you're ever in the area, please stop in to say hello and try out some of what we have on offer there. The shop is located above Chris Saunders Park, opposite the Gateway Shopping Centre. You can check out a map on http://www.iwmc.co as well as a menu of what we have going on. Make sure you follow us on twitter as well - we keep it interesting! @IWMCoffee
As I'm sure many of you know by now, I have started my own online radio station as well - based inside iwantmycoffee. It's called... iwantmyradio :-) Sneaky huh?
We broadcast 24 hours a day at www.iwantmyradio.com with yours truly doing live broadcasts most days from about 9am SA time. It's a mix of old and new tunes you may not have ever heard before, so tune in and have a listen - and make sure you let us know what you think by tweeting us at @IWMRadio
Tuesday Music Sessions
I started a weekly music series at the awesome Cool Runnings in Durban city centre a few months ago. The whole vibe was to give bands an opportunity to try to out new songs and work on their performance in a small live setting with an appreciative audience. So far we have had an amazing collection of artists such as Gangs of Ballet, Coals of Juniper, Nje, Lieutenant Vinyl, and The Accidentals. Still to come are Catlike Thieves, The Hinds Brothers, Red Light Stereo, and The Gus Brown band. Many thanks to my support partners Marshall Music, Line 6, and The Bomb Surf mag. Check out the event page on Facebook for more info
And lastly, here's a video from my recent performance at Kirstenbosch Gardens for the Cape Town Folk and Acoustic Festival. Hope you enjoy.
It's sometimes easier to explain something with pictures and sounds, and a good person called Sean from Solo Media made this video from footage taken on the night of the Ard Matthews & Friends charity show that was in aid of my charity trust, We The Good People.
Take a look and get a better understanding of what the good people are all about, and feel free to have a look at our first of it's kind transparent income and expenditure section we lovingly refer to as "In/Out" on the site at www.wethegoodpeople.org
It's been an amazing couple of days down here in Cape Town, firstly with my Ard Matthews and Friends charity show at The Upper East Side Hotel in Woodstock and then with Symphonic Rocks at the Grand West Arena on Saturday night.
AM & Friends
A huge thank you to the amazing artists, sponsors, and people behind the scenes that made the charity event such a success, it was truly humbling to see people giving up their time so graciously for a good cause.
To the artists:
Jack Mantis and Domenice Benigno
The Sponsors and Auction partners:
Upper East Side Hotel
Scheckter's Organic Energy
Ariella Kuper from Clear Asset Auctions
The behind the scenes:
Marina and Jules from The Little Black Book
Liny Kruger from Mediabook
Without all of you working tirelessly and giving up so much of your time, this event would not have been possible. We will have a little video coming out later this week with some highlights and interviews from the night, so look out for that on www.wethegoodpeople.org.
Heineken Symphonic Rocks
Saturday night saw the Cape Town leg of the Heineken Symphonic Rocks happening at Grand West Arena - It was my 3rd year at this amazing event and it was mind blowing to say the least, with a fantastic array of artists in attendance this year, and 1 incredible 65 piece symphonic orchestra backing them all. I performed 2 new tracks on the album, 'Bolder' and 'That's Love', and then closed off with 'What He Means'. If you were there, I hope you enjoyed it and thank you so much for coming through! If you are in the Johannesburg area this Saturday, make sure you grab your tickets at Computicket and head down to Carnival City for this spectacular!
Got Time music video
Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of going to visiting Obertauern in Austria, and armed only with a GoPro HD Hero 2 and iPhone 4S I decided that it would be a great place to make a music video for the track 'Got Time'. Big thanks to Richard Hughs at Popcorn Post Production for piecing all the bits for me!
Check it out at the link below and be sure to comment and share if you dig it!