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Ard Matthews and Paul Hepker at your service.


4 x Platinum selling artist Ard Matthews and Multi Award winning Paul Hepker have joined studio forces in Durban and are now in a position to create brilliant and unique sonic responses to any media brief.



Paul Hepker (Composer)


Hepker co-composed the music for Tsotsi (which won the 2005 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film), Rendition and The Bird Can’t Fly.  He has composed the music for numerous Discovery, History and National Geographic Channel series, including “Deadliest Catch”, “IRT Deadliest Roads”  “Crash Files,” “Impact,” “America’s Deadliest Season,” “Into the Firestorm,” “Raw Nature”, "Iditarod", "Herrings" and "Shark Taggers" (NBC) - all for Original Productions.


A long-time member of acclaimed Los Angeles theatre company Circle X, Hepker garnered an Ovation Award, two LA Weekly Awards, and numerous nominations for his work as composer or Musical Director on productions such as “Grendel,” “Laura Comstock's Bag-Punching Dog” and “Romeo & Juliet: Antebellum, New Orleans, 1839.” 


Born in Zimbabwe and raised in South Africa, Paul Hepker trained as a concert pianist under Adolphe Hallis. He worked as a Musical Director at the National Theatres in Pretoria and Cape Town (“The Rocky Horror Show,” “Joseph”) and has performed or recorded with a number of prominent South African and international artists such as Shirley Bassey, Miriam Makeba, Ica Cube and Vusi Mahlasela. He wrote the voter education theme "Make Your Mark" for the first democratic elections in South Africa, which gave birth to a National TV gameshow of the same name. In the mid-1990's he toured the world as a member of Grammy-nominated band Johnny Clegg and Savuka (Juluka) before moving to Los Angeles in 1997 to pursue a career in composing for stage and screen.


Paul returned to South Africa in mid-2012, where he has been involved in music production (Ard Matthews), writing music for commercials (Nedbank Private Wealth, OUTSurance, Spar)  and film-scoring: he recently composed the music for Kite (starring Samuel L. Jackson).



Ard Matthews (Singer/Songwriter) 


Renowned frontman of Just Jinjer fame, Ard has also enjoyed musical success on TV with self written songs like ‘What He Means’, (theme song for Carte Blanche) ‘Time of Your Life’ (theme song SuperSport) and more recently ‘More Fire’ (RRB World Cup theme song) His lyrics and melody are as thought provoking as they are catchy, resonating through the souls of not only those who hear but of those who truly ‘listen’.


Signed to Capitol Records in 2003, Ard lived in Los Angeles during which time he honed his skills and broadened his musical understanding and diversity, appearing alongside such artists as The Strokes, Maroon 5, Ziggy Marley and Counting Crows. 


Ard moved back to South Africa to continue work with Just Jinjer in 2009.  In 2012 he released his first solo album called ‘First Offerings’ - writing, producing, engineering, and recording everything himself. This first time collaboration with Paul, who helped co-produce a few tracks as well as lay some magic keys, planted the seed for a new venture in music. The album is a testament to Ard's work and ability and is a strong reflection of where he is at musically, - a good place!


Ard recently joined forces with the King James Group and Sanlam to produce an incredible body of work for a lady who was rejected by a popular TV talent show, which featured a song written and produced by Ard for the contestant, and a documentary shot about it, garnering hundreds of thousands of views on Youtube. 

Good and Bad Days | The DocumentaryRecently, an aspiring young singer entered a popular television song contest. The judges weren’t impressed. One of them called her “useless”. We gave her a second chance and asked Ard Matthews to write her a song. This is Raheela Abdool’s inspiring journey.



Watch the music video here: http://youtu.be/EPvGbRTvXy4


Good and Bad Days | The Music VideoRecently, an aspiring young singer entered a popular television song contest. The judges weren’t impressed. One of them called her “useless”. So we asked her to sing again. Ard Matthews wrote her a song and helped her record it. This is Raheela Abdool’s music video, a testament to the fact that the word “useless” applies to nobody.



“The song talks to everyday life and what people go through. It makes you realise everyone has good and bad days and it lifts your spirit.” Raheela Abdool



Watch the documentary here: http://youtu.be/B98sjwnKH4o


Together, Ard and Paul present a powerhouse of combined years of experience in music and can provide a world class service to any client, no matter the task.


Please enquire at info@ardmatthews.com for all projects including soundscaping, film scoring, jingles, theme songs, commercials, sporting event theme songs, branding, advertising campaigns, product launches. 


The Works. 


For more info:


www.paulhepker.com

www.ardmatthews.com



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