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Matthew Mole (born 28 October 1991) is a South African singer-songwriter from
Cape Town Cape Town (Afrikaans File:WIKITONGUES- Alaric speaking Afrikaans.webm, Alaric speaking Afrikaans. Afrikaans (, ) is a West Germanic languages, West Germanic language spoken in South Africa, Namibia and, to a lesser extent, Botswana, Zambia ...
, South Africa.He is the winner of the South African Music Awards record of the year 2021.


Early life and education

Matthew Mole is from Hout Bay in Cape Town. Mole's father taught him how to play the guitar. He later learned how to play ukulele, banjo, piano, organ, and drums. He started writing his own music at the end of high school. According to Mole, his approach to writing music involves starting with a lyrical idea, a rhythm or a melody, and then recording different instruments and switching back and forth between them to build a finished song. Mole studied music production in Cape Town in 2010.


Career

His independent EP ''You Did Well, Kid'' was released online in 2011. He also opened his other singles for free on the Internet. In August 2012, he won Converse's Get Out of the Garage competition, which awarded him a gig in London's
100 Club The 100 Club is a music venue located at 100 Oxford Street Oxford Street is a major road in the City of Westminster in the West End of London, running from Tottenham Court Road to Marble Arch via Oxford Circus. It is Europe's busiest shoppin ...
and a recording session at Converse's studio in New York. After winning the competition, he signed t
Just Music
and released his second EP, ''Same Parts, Same Heart'', in December 2012. His song from the EP, "Same Parts, Same Heart," was included in the soundtrack of the film '' Leading Lady.'' Mole recorded and released his debut studio album, ''The Home We Built'', in 2013. The album was produced by Matthew Fink. Mole became the first South African artist to enter the iTunes SA chart at #1 on the first day of releasing his debut album. The album received nominations for Male Artist of the Year, Best Pop Album, and Best Engineer of the Year (Matthew Fink). Mole also received a nomination for Best New Comer in the MK Awards. His second album, ''Run'', was released in 2016, followed by ''Ghost,'' released in November 2019. ''Run'' was ranked number 1 on South Africa's iTunes within three months of release, and the single "Run" achieved Gold Status within three months of release. At the 23rd Annual South African Music Awards, the album was nominated for Best Pop Album, Best Produced Album, and Record of the Year. Mole describes his musical style as folk with an electronica influence. In live performances, Mole can be seen playing guitar, synth, kick drum, and triggered beats at the same time. He has performed at festivals such as 5FM's Cape Town Live Loud, 947 (radio station), 947's Joburg Day, East Coast Radio (South Africa), East Coast Radio's Durban Day, Oppikoppi, Rocking the Daisies, K Day, the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concert, and the Seattle International Film Festival. He has performed in South Africa, the UK, the US, Thailand, and Russia. In 2020, Mole campaigned with Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and NPO, WILDTRUST to raise awareness for ocean protection. He and his wife Jess are featured in a video highlighting the importance of oceans to the environment.


Discography


Awards

* Winner of Converse (shoe company), Converse's Get Out of the Garage Competition *The 20th Annual South African Music Awards Nominee for Male Artist of the Year and Best Pop Album (2014) * An MK Awards nomination in the Newcomer category.


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* {{DEFAULTSORT:Mole, Matthew Living people Artists from Cape Town 21st-century South African male singers South African guitarists Male guitarists White South African people 1991 births 21st-century guitarists