Matthew Mole is a singer-songwriter from South Africa. His unique sound is a perfect, eclectic blend of folk with electronica undertones.
Raised in Fish Hoek, Cape Town, he was given his first guitar at the age of 11, and his dad, who is himself a bit of a guitar-fundi, taught him to play. Matthew’s singing and songwriting was only introduced at the age of 17, based on a suggestion from his dad to improve his playing. He has since learnt to play the ukulele, banjo, piano, organ, and drums, among others.
After embarking on a college course in music production, Matthew began to realise his future was meant to involve music. During this time, he formed an electro-pop duo with his best friend and experimented with interesting and unexpected acoustic and electronic mixes.
In 2010, Matthew began to perform solo shows with his guitar, kick drum, synths and electronics. He admits that his idea of playing live with a kick drum was perhaps inspired by indie folk legends, Mumford and Sons, who had an obvious impact on him at the time. In the same breath, many of his other influences are far more obscure, like guitarist Jónsi, from the Icelandic band Sigur Ros; New York indie band, The Freelance Whales, and British electronic producer and performer Gold Panda.
In 2012, Matthew won the Converse Get Out Of The Garage contest, an accolade which rapidly propelled his career. His debut album, The Home We Built, was released in 2013, followed by his second album, Run, in 2016. Both albums topped the South African iTunes Chart upon their release and Run was also nominated for Best Pop Album, Best Produced Album and Record of the Year at SAMA 23.
Matthew has played at most of South Africa’s major festivals, supported international bands such as The Fray and Bastille in South Africa, and has performed on international stages in London, Seattle, Los Angeles, Thailand and Russia.
“Music takes up a lot of my time, it drives me, it makes me who I am. I try to live my life a little differently to the way most people think it should be done. For me, music is very closely linked to that. What I aim to achieve is for people to be affected by my music in a great way; a way that will make them think about where they are at. Something that everyone can relate to. I hope that my musical adventure, which to me is a way of life, will help others enjoy whatever adventure it is they are undertaking.”
As a result of Corona, we have evolved into a more casual, ‘market-style’ approach to the way we operate. Patrons sitting outside at cafe Roux, will enjoy a more relaxed, self-serviced food experience and those booked for our indoor evening live music shows, will enjoy a selection of our most popular cafe Roux meals & drinks served by our longstanding waiters.
Dinner available between 6pm and 8pm.
Music starts at 8pm and will be finished by 9h30pm