Wednesday, December 8, 2010

"Die Probleem met Picasso" Album Now in Digital and Physical Print - THANK YOU LETTER!




Dear Friends

Since the music side of things with regards to "Die Probleem met Picasso" have now successfully been completed, I am urged to thank all who played a part and continue to play a part in this poignant tale about a brave little boy called Picasso. "Die Probleem met Picasso" is now available in digital format as well as physical print.



Thanks for all the nice emails and well wishes from my supporters. I am very happy that you guys are enjoying "Die Probleem met Picasso" digital and physical print editions. Thanks also to every one who played on the record and those involved in the short film. I love you guys! Thanks to Tania + Danie van den Berg for being my mom and dad away from home! You guys took me in when I was homeless and fed and clothed me when I was in need. You motivated me to finish what I started and reignited a sense of pride in my self and our culture. I feel protected, inspired, loved and part of the van den Berg family when ever I'm with you guys. Which is kinda 24 / 7. Sonder julle is ek niks. Dankie Tania en Danie. Ek is baie lief en dankbaar vir julle! Thanks Ymki, Tandie and Iewan van den Berg for being my sisters and baby brother away from home and for gracing the album with your amazing flute and concept art work. I love you guys tons! Iewan, you did a great job playing my lead in the film. Thanks for inspiring me so much with you never ending affirmation of life, art, philosophy, science and your innate moral character most striking for a 12 year old. You rock little bro!



Thank you Mrs. Marty Berry for all the help and support and for taking such good care of me in Austin and Bryson. You and the family continue to amaze me with your kindness great humor. Thank you Melssa, Sarah, Amber and Grandma. I love you girls dearly and can not wait to meet up with you all again! Take Care!



Thanks Uncle John April and the family for all the help and support in Waco. One of the best experiences of my life. I learned so much from you Uncle John! Thanks for looking after me and for having shown me the ropes. I still remember the day I arrived from Hollywood. All beat up and ready to give up. You breathed and joked and preach life back into me. I love you very much. Thank you Uncle John...I love you! Jy is regtig 'n oom duisend! Antie Yvette, Jaylen and Johnathan I miss and love you guys. We need to get together soon! Thanks for everything!



Thanks Jaco and Jen Conradie and the 3 little ones for taking me in when I came to Austin with no money or plans and very little sanity intact. Jaco, you are indeed a great friend to me and love you very much. Sorry that I cried so much that first day in Austin at the bus stop...I'm much more stable now. Thanks much you guys!



Thanks Jason Magnuson and DJ Pennington for working with me and my crazy ideas. You guys produced an amazing disc which I'm very proud of. Jason thanks for being my friend and for going far beyond the call of duty. Dude, I love you and I'm indebted to you forever. DJ you as well. If we ever get to heaven and there is only space left for one more person, I'll give up my spot in a heart beat. Not that I'll make it there (it = complicated). Your amazing moral character and talent amaze me every day. Nikye, you married the right guy. Thanks for kicking my arse when need be and for supporting me so much. You're a pal and partner in crime if ever there was. I love you dearly and um, the pup as well! Thanks for the great work you did on "Die Geheim" video. Genius!



Thanks to my favorite composer Mr. Olivier Deriviere! You have inspired me so much with you music and poise. Thanks for the well wishes and for taking the time to listen to me! Thanks George van der Spuy and the guys of Taxi Violence; South Africas best rock band ever. That "Letter to Tom Cruise" beat still rocks! Thanks to Sharlto Copley, my favorite South African born actor for inspire me and for listening to me. District 9 is one of favorite films ever. Thanks for paving the way Sharlto! Thanks Harry Knowles for taking the time to chat with me and for the well wishes. Also to Mr. Tim Leaugue for being most kind to me and allowing me access to some crazy behind the scenes parties at Fantastic Fest 2011. Also for all the support and advice. You are truly a great man!



Thanks Mr. Ben Blank for a great mastering job and for all the advice and words of wisdom. Thanks to everyone over at Media Tech / Arlan Studios for being so gracious with me and the crazy sessions the gang and I pulled (tried to pull) off (including the Catholic choir stint...would have been a nightmare most grand). Mr. Rob Fedson, you are amazing, thanks for everything! Domingo Gomez, thanks for engineering. I owe you at least 2 arms and 3 legs. Keep well and hope to be able to work with you in future once more. Mark Williams, thanks for writing and recording some of the most haunting and stirring cello parts I've heard to date on a contemporary album. Looking forward to working with again in the near future. And um, "Die Gehiem" kicks arse...quiet, still, cathartic.



JDub, Derreck Colman, Jay Martinez, Clayton, Henry Hilliard; thank you guys for additional vocal work on the record. I think we've sent out a strong message to that "Dodgy Priest" in question. He is not a man of God indeed and now he knows it! Thanks Henry for being my friend and for all the help, support, lessons! Thanks Shane Kiel for being such a great friend to me. I've had some of the best times of my life with you. Thanks for showing me the ropes and for having kept me alive! Wow, you are man and I love you very much! Thanks Joe Brently for the awesome drum track you banged out on "Strategies of Retribution..." Love you dude!



Mrs. Julia and Mr.Robert, thanks so much for being most kind to me. For all of the motivation and hospitality and for allowing DJ and myself to continue some of our recording over at your place. Thanks Mrs. Julia for recording flute with us very late at night, all the hugs and for your continued support. I'll be sure to trade a spot in heaven with you guys as well. Thanks to Randy Frank for all the support, cookies, Japanese Horror Films and for being such a good person to me! You are a great friend and I love you dearly. Thanks tons!



Thanks Paul Seeds for being one of my greatest friends ever. You've helped me so much with everything I do here. Music, Videos, Short Film... the most amazing breakfasts and so much more. I love you very much and the heaven thing goes for you as well! YOU ROCK DUDE!



Thanks Tyler Hayes, Ron Weisberg, Christina Childress, Dimitrius Pulido, Iewan van den Berg for the great work you guys did of the Picasso short film. I owe you guys so much and I apologise again for all of the delays pertaining to the final release of the short. You guys are amazing artists and I am sure that the film will kick some arse once released early 2011. Thanks for the long hours, the crazy script changes and for putting up with my general and clinical madness. I wish you guys all the best with your careers and um, first one to win an Oscar; could I at least take a pic with it? Love you guys and thanks again! Congrats Christina with your role = "The Good Guys!"



Thanks to all involved in the music videos created for Picasso project. I am most proud of our quirky little flicks... shaky camera, 15 minute wardrobe creations and all. What can I say but for; that's how we throw down! Nikye Pennington, Paul Seeds, Monica Figueroa, Stamatina Prekas, Dereck Coleman, Nick, Jason Magnuson, Erin Reynolds, Todd Wallace, Joey Mata, Jillian Schantz Patrick, Keller, Riley, Cara, DJ Pennington, Danie van den Berg, Tania van den Berg, Iewan and Tandie van den Berg, Rachel Holeman, Cindy and Kris Thompson, Katie and Jessica, Andrea and Taylor Landos, Beckie and Ashley Kristen Crawford (great actress) and all of Tandie's friends who help so much on the videos. Thanks so much! The guys over at Mexic Arte Museum. Thanks also to the folk over at the Hideout Theater and Coffee shop for allowing us to audition and film in your space. Thanks so much for all the hard work that went into telling our little story as best we could. I love you guys so much and will NEVER forget the time spent with you all making art!



Thanks also to my mom and dad, Magaret and Hubert Matthews for doing such a great job at raising my brothers, sisters and myself to be above all good people. Thanks for paying for all those piano lessons...through good and bad times. Thanks also for whipping my arse on days I did not want to continue those (sometimes) torturous lessons. Thanks Mamma for showing me that strength is not about physical ability but about internal resolve and conviction. Thanks for everything you have done for me in my life, you are the dearest being I know of and I'm most grateful for being an effect of your volition. Thanks for crying with me and laughing with me and fighting with me and nursing me and encouraging me and for taking me to the doctor when my acne got really bad! Yikes, things really got sticky there for a while! Mostly, thanks for being my mother...this reality makes me the most proud little man I know. EK IS LIEF VIR JOU! DANKIE VIR ALLES!



Thanks Pappa and Oupa for showing me and sharing with me the beauty of the human voice. My dad, late grandfather and the rest of the family have got amazing singing voices. I am humbled by having been given the opportunity to share my small gift with folk from across the world. I promise to one day make you proud of me Pappa! Thanks Uncle Lionel for supporting me so much and for all the pep talks and for having helped me make one giant step towards my dreams possible. I love and respect you as much as stars are a plenty as well as Antie Joe and Chrystal.



Avory, Jessica, Larry and Cammi; I love you guys so much! Thanks for believing in me and for crying with me when my life and future got a bit dark. For sharing in my joys and small victories on the path I've chosen to tread. It is hard, you guys make it so much easier! Thanks Wendy, Rowan, Bullah and all my nephews and nieces for hanging in there with me. I love you guys very much!



Thanks to my Beloved Antie Claire. You are one amazing lady! Thanks so much for all the support and great food and a place to rest my head when times got particularly hard. Die Kombers wat jy my gegee het hou my nou nog warm. Dankie! Sherman, Jonsie and Uncle Reggie. Thanks so much for all the support throughout my career and life. Sherman, I love you very much and I'm especially fond of you...you have the gift! Take the plunge?



I have this very special friend; Nasreen Hassan Dippenaar. Wow, what can I say...you've been amazing to me. You're the most courageous person I know. You inspire me so much in all I do. Our times at University were some of the best in my life. The fights, the self discovery, the make up lunch and make up nap times. The jokes, the tears, the lessons, the wedding, the other man...whom I love dearly. Niel, please take care of this girl. I warn you! Naz, this has been such a hard 2 years for you. I do not understand the why(s). I do know that you are a phoenix if ever a phoenix was. I've learned from you to no matter what happens; YOU PICK YOURSELF UP AND YOU TRY AGAIN! You're kind of my Mr. Miyagi! I LOVE YOU ALWAYS!



Thanks also to my family at large and all the friends I've made in America and across the globe. Without your selfless support and interest in my career and person hood, none of this would be possible. Thank you and I love you. And yes, the book is on it's way! Those who I forgot to mention, I sincerely apologise and thank you guys from the bottom of my soles (yep, the feet ones). Here's to art and our insatiable apatite as human to tell stories through the use of our hands, voices, minds and hearts!



I should also take a moment to thank Siddhartha Gautama. I am in awe of you. Thanks for setting such a great example.



Love and Repect;

Gerschweyn Matthews

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Bon Appetit!

I've always felt compelled to write lyrics with a certain moral character. The new record, "The Starving Artist and The Enchanted Vending Machine" as produced by Javier Martinez and Jason Martins is a total 360 though. Think; party whore, buttered pecan pop corn laced with Vodka infused whip cream served with a drizzle of Japanese techno fudge. If you are really clever, try to work out the hidden meanings behind the new collection of lyrics. Set for release early 2011 and um, Bon Appetit!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

"Die Probleem met Picasso" - Updates.


‎"Die Probleem met Picasso" album out now! The Problem with Picasso short film = post. Visit with me on Youtube and Facebook and check out music + videos + interviews + vignettes regarding the project. Thanks for the continued support!

Friday, November 26, 2010

The Starving Artist and the Enchanted Vending Machine - Update.

After some consideration I've decided to postpone the release of my 2nd album, "The Starving Artist and the Enchanted Vending Machine." The album will be released early 2011. I do hope for and appreciate your continued interest and support!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Remodernist Music Manifesto -

Remodernist Music
A Manifesto by
Gerschweyn Matthews

As a professional fan of film and music I've been very much taken a back by the practical and theoretical work of Fine Artist, Film Maker and Photographer, Jesse Richards. I think he is most known for his post modern, Manifesto on Remordernist Cinema. After some communication with the genius that Mr. Richards, I've been inspired to expand on his work in the context of music. The creation, production, sale and consumption there of. For further information on the works of Jesse Richards, do visit with him at; http://www.wix.com/jesserichards/jesserichardssite. For further information on Stuckism visit; http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/group.php?gid=2224155647&v=info

1. Remodernist Music argues for the establishment of truthful reflections and expressions about the human experience as the most important intention with the creation of music.

2. Remordernism in music argues that the pursuit of "perfection" within the recording process is merely a cosmetic folly. This is so for the remodernist musician functions at his / her highest level of creativity in the event of probing into and documenting the intricacies and mysteries pertaining to the human experience. An experience littered with imperfection, randomness and unapologetic emotiveness.

3. "Perfect" takes and high end post production processes does not improve the artistic value of a composition. Rather, I think that how accurately a song mimics the emotional state that of which an artist is trying to convey has a more congruent relationship with the song in question’s artistic value. It’s about documenting and expressing truthfully, effectively.

4. Pondering further on the matter at hand, has lead me to believe that there is no such thing as precision (with which I imply perfection) but for in the minds of us. We are not perfect beings, we can thus never have perfect experiences as necessarily mediated through imperfect bodies. Given that we can have no real or rather proper understanding of un-experienced events, the concept of perfection as an experience-able event is devoid of meaning. More over, why do we regard perfection higher then we regard lived experience? One being an idea, the other being lived reality.

5. With creating music, the remodernist musician does not set out on an ego-centric mission in the pursuit of "perfection" so as to gain the favor and respect of those who consume music. I think commercial success is very much a lower case experience brought about collaterally by the creative process itself. Remodernist Music argues that a successful musician is such by default though participating in the personally investigative event of creating music. The process of making and experiencing music is thought of (ideally) as a kind of melodic psychoanalyses.

6. Art, including music has functions other than that of pleasing our carvings for the experience of beauty for the sake of experiencing beauty. One of these important functions pertaining to Remodernist Music is that of journaling and reflecting on individual and social experience in an attempt to better understand the nature the self in relation to all that is other.

7. Remodernist Music does not seek to establish celebrity, nor does it agree with the establishment of such in the pursuit of gain; both monitory and egocentric. Rather, the composer is thought of as a questioner, an existential philosopher or metaphysical surgeon up in arms with prevailing ignorance regarding reality; both personal and collective.

8. Popular Music will always be lesser music if maximized sales are the driving force behind the creation there of. Do we think of a certain brand of soft drink as invaluable in aid of our quest to better understand the human condition just because of creators of the product in question are “living it up?” I do not think that we can or should measure the success of a record using statistics pertaining to the “product” at hand’s financial performance. From a consumer stand point; if a record or a single track stirs the emotions and grey matter of it’s creator and that of subsequent listeners due to it functioning as a metaphysical light bulb switch triggered by the application of mind and thereby illuminating a missing piece of the “human experience puzzle”, the record or track is successful. Music is made by us, in it’s best form it unapologetically tells about us.

9. No subject matter is taboo. My eye ball splitting anger towards a certain pseudo man of God; for reasons of him having sexually assaulted a relative of mine. My less then savory ideas on Scientology and celebrities who babble on and on about the supposed genius of L. Ron Hubbard. Issues pertaining to self investigation and social commentary such as the before mentioned are all fair game.

10. Our preference of one melodic structural pattern over another is completely arbitrary. There is no rational thought behind say my preference to writing in a C-minor chord rather then a C-major chord. What makes a good melody has nothing to do with melodic structural patterns in and by the phenomena itself. It’s about what the patterns and effectual sounds mean to us.

11. The experience of music is always mediated and the quality of this mediated experience relies on the meaningful application of an interpretive mind to the piece at hand. With “meaningful,” I imply helpful in clarifying and revealing personal and collective truths about ourselves as human beings. Flowing from this I think that your “non- professional” musician friend’s melodic ode to his girlfriend is just as good a piece of music as let us say Radiohead’s “Fake Plastic Trees.” This is so if your friend and his girlfriend find “meaningfulness” in the piece. Fake Plastic Trees is thought of as a good song in a Remodernist sense due to the fact that the piece is “meaningful” to Yorke, his band mates and fans. One could then say that the friend in question is just as good a musician as Mr. Yorke himself. That said, comparative talk regarding musical abilities of different musicians are of little value as the value of the music they create have more to do with personal and collective “meaningfulness” then complex melodic constructions and the precise execution there of.

New Film Composition Album, "Die Ore Van 'n Rolprent Kamera" Dropping Soon!


New Film Composition Album, "Die Ore Van 'n Rolprent Kamera" as produced by DJ Pennington dropping soon! Stay tuned for more information!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

"The Starving Artist and the Enchanted Vending Machine" - Raison d'ĂȘtre


"The Starving Artist and the Enchanted Vending Machine" is my new concept record about an an Evil Record Label Boss, a Starving Artist and a Magical (Persian) Vending Machine capable of transforming an emaciated + lame singer songwriter into a Kick Arse Pop Star!

The musical context of the current record is very different from how I normally approach music and I must say that it took a lot of convincing from Producers Jay Martinez and Jason Martinez to get me, as you guys say "into the swing of things." Glad I did though as the writing process for this outing has really been a learning experience. Very often as singer and writer I tend to hide behind intellectualism preferring to write about "the other" in a very objective way. I do the research, I convince myself that an event in time or as experienced by a certain individual is "important" enough to engage with musically and morally. I think a lot of people who've heard my music often feel alienated by the subject matter of my songs, my accent and this gloomy post vampire like image I've carefully garnished myself in. I guess what I'm trying to say is that I take my self too seriously and in a very big way this reality has effectively alienated me from music buyers and appreciators...not a good move as a relatively unknown musician.

The new record is much more relaxed and fun...it shows that I do have a sense of humor and that good music does not need to regard intellectualism and discussions pertaining to morality. For the first time ever I've actually ventured into a recording booth without a vocal plan. I pretty much wrote the new batch of songs as a response to Jay and Jason's electronic wizardry. They have so much fun with music and I desperately need to have more with music in general; as per all of my friends' and musical peers' back round chatter. "Ok, guys! Chill out now...I'm trying to have fun here!"

The record does have a lot of piano work, odd time signatures, wordy lyrics, ethnic vocal chants and some references to Persian Religion and Gods such as Ahura Mazda. These traits are signature to me as a musician...this time however we mixed things up a lot with European inspired synth melodies and beats, video game like bit crushing and a brighter even romantic lyrical tone. I'm sure you guys will pick up on the "f!@ck the music business as it operates today" underlying theme throughout the whole record. I'm a lot funnier and approachable now than let's say a year back on the previous outing; "Die Probleem met Picasso" as produced by Jason Magnuson and DJ Pennington. I'll still kick your arse though on a night of debating issues pertaining to all things Religious, Political, Video Game Scores and Yada Yada Yada!

"The Starving Artist and the Enchanted Vending Machine" is scheduled for release in December of 2010. Look out for the first single and accompanying video off the new record to be released in November of 2010. Thanks all the guys and girls working with me on this one aka Jason Martins, Jay Martinez, Nikye Pennington, Stamatina Prekas, Ymki van den Berg, DJ Pennington, Jason Magnuson, Paul Seeds and all the wonderful guys and girls who work with Nikye and Stamatina. I love, respect and appreciate you all very much. "Ek is niks sonder julle nie."

Best;
Gerschweyn Matthews

New Music Video = Pre - Production!

New music video for my new record, "The Starving Artist and the Enchanted Vending Machine" now in pre-production. Thanks producer / engineers Thee Wombat and Jason Martins for working with me on the new record and for pushing me out of my comfort zone...singer songwriters can indeed be intellectual and clubby at the same time. Thanks also to my good friends Nikye Pennington and DJ Pennington for everything! Thanks again for all the support!

Best;
Gerschweyn

Sunday, October 10, 2010

"Die Droom" Updates!

Dudes and girl dudes...check out Ymki van den Berg's new work! So excited to be working with this breathtakingly beautiful fine artist (her work and outer appearance) on our 15 minute film / photograph / music / fine art collage called "Die Droom." You all are such lucky bastards...the shit we do for "ya'll." Vrede! http://ymkivandenberg.wordpress.com/

Friday, October 1, 2010

Fantastic Fest 2010!


Fantastic Fest 2010 was amazing! Great to mingle with and learn from the big names in Art House Cinema. I really liked Damir Lukacevic's "Transfer" and Mladen Djordjevic's "The Life and Death of Porno Gang." Guillem Morales' "Julias Eyes" was pretty cool as well and looks great! Thanks again Tim and Paul for showing me the ropes and for dragging me along everywhere!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

New Film Composition Track, "Water Wings" now up on Myspace!

Happy to be working with composer / producer DJ Pennington on a new music project. New Film Composition Track (guitar and vocals) uploaded to Myspace called "Water Wings." Tailor made for the new Gladiator Film?

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Inge Beckmann and Gerschweyn Matthews Colab!


Very happy and honored to be working with SA singer songwriter, Inge
Beckmann of Lark on a new track to feature on "The Starving Artist
and the Enchanted Vending Machine." Inge is my favorite singer
songwriter ever... closely behind Bjork. She sports most impressive
...vocals, deliciously dark and whimsical musicality and the mysterious
beauty of a thousand fallen Ahura. Um, you guys are in for a bloody
treat!

Best;
Gerschweyn Matthews

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Starving Artist and the Enchanted Vending Machine - Update!


Work on "The Starving Artist and the Enchanted Vending Machine" is going well. Thank you Jay Martinez, Jason Martins, Paul Seeds, Ymki van den Berg and Inge Beckmann for
working with me on the new concept piece about an Evil Record
Label Boss, a Starving Artist and a Magical (Persian) Vending...
Machine capable of transforming an emaciated + lame singer songwriter
into a Kick Arse Pop Star!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Joe "The Visualist" Harris and Gerschweyn Matthews Colab!


I'm very excited about working with film maker and video editor Joe The Visualist on "The Decapitation Peter Mueller." TDPM is a short film and film score project about a depressed writer who picks up a odd hitch hiker on route to his estranged family's house in "celebration" of his ailing mother's birthday. Harris is very much an "underground motion picture artist" currently getting much deserved attention for the trailer to his future release short called, "The Lonely Sound." Find more info on Joe Harris by visiting with him on Youtube, Facebook, Myspace, and Exposure Room.
1. Youtube.com/joethevisualist
2. Myspace.com/joethevisualist
3. Exposureroom.com/thelonelysound
4. http://www.facebook.com/#!/joethevisualist

Best;
Gerschweyn Matthews

New Role Demands Abs in 4 Weeks - HELP!

So I've been told to buff up a bit for the next
role I'm playing. As in Michael Cera
with abs sporting Danny Devito's height. Dee Ta is now my personal
trainer and together we'll hopefully sculpt me some killer abs in 4
weeks. I'm a little worried about the nudity, playing an emaciated
serial killer is awesome though. Hope my mother does not buy a ticket
to see this one...

Best;
Gerschweyn Matthews

Saturday, August 21, 2010

New Single Dropping Soon!

First single off my new record "The Starving Artist and the Enchanted Vending Machine" dropping soon! Very exited about the track featuring producers and singer song writers Jason Martins and Javier Martinez. Think Japan, barbershop harmonies, Euro-Club beats and a little Lady Gaga and Timberlake parody thrown in for... good measure. Think you guys are going to approve!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

New Gerschweyn Matthews Short Film called "The Decapitation of Peter Mueller" is now in pre - production!


"The Decapitation of Peter Mueller" - An alcoholic writer struggles to come to terms with the loss of his wife and young daughter, while dealing with the internal politics of his family. His very traditional family is also convinced that his romantic life is a lot darker / risky than what he portrays it to be. On route to what could be his mother's last birthday celebration (cancer) he picks up an hitch hiker. The spell of drug and alcohol binges that follow leads to Peter's "surprising" death. "TDPM" is currently in pre - production. Keep an eye out for more information on the "Die Probleem met Picasso" Short Film due this Fall of 2010.

"TDPM" Auditions Postponed -

‎"The Decapitation of Peter Mueller" auditions postponed till further notice. Prospect cast should check in from time to time as more information on the piece and reading sessions will be posted promptly.

Best;
Gerschweyn

Monday, August 9, 2010

The Problem with Picasso - Remodernist Short Film Coming Fall 2010!


"The Problem with Picasso" short film almost here! Be sure to check in from time to time regarding more information about this neat remordernist short film. "Die Probleem met Picasso" short album is now available on iTunes! Thank you Paul Seeds, Tyler Hayes, Ron Weisberg, Dimitrius Pulido, Christina Childress, Iewan van den Berg, Tania van den Berg as well as the rest of the van den Berg clan. I LOVE YOU GUYS! You all did a great job and I'm very proud of what we have accomplished and what we are going to accomplish with this little film.

Best;
Gerschweyn Matthews

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Quotes and Quirks!


You’re old, certified ugly, poorly gifted, reek of tiger urine, easily penetrable by Freud, unappreciative of Foucault, masturbate to The Goonies and my God totally whips the ass of yours! This is ever so poignant for my God is 7 turning 8 in a day or so. Note that he is moderately retarded and sports 2 left hands robotically adhered to his singular under developed patella.

- Gerschweyn Matthews (28 July 2010)

Sunday, July 25, 2010

8 Bit Pop It Is!


I think we're calling the new style of music I'm into "8 Bit Pop." Very much inspired by 80's 8 bit and 16 bit video games from Atari and Nintendo...with a classical twist thanks to some really pretty and quirky piano and cello work. The team and I can not wait to get the new material out as we think you guys are going to love it...and I'm really keen on showing off my newly found sense of humor!

Best;
Gerschweyn Matthews

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Die Probleem met Picasso Live Set - August 2010!

I'm currently putting together a live performance set of the "Die Probleem met Picasso" Short Album for the Austin Opening Screening of the accompanying Short Film in August 2010. Keep an eye out for information to follow. Hope to see you all there and thanks again for the support!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Updates!


Very excited about the new film and album project called "i". The new album called "The Starving Artist and the Enchanted Vending Machine" is due end of August 2010. Also, keep an eye out for screening dates with regards to the "Die Probleem met Picasso" short film! Thanks to everyone working with me and supporting me!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

"Die Geheim - The Secret" Music Video Out Now!

video
"Die Geheim" is the final music video for Gerschweyn Matthews' "Die Probleem met Picasso" short film and album project. The track is recorded in Afrikaans, an off shoot of Dutch and German and is Gerschweyn's first language. Filmed by Paul Seeds, directed by Nikye Pennington and Produced by Tania van den Berg the video is very much inspired by the films of Remodernist Cinema Pioneer Jesse Richards well known for his avant garde filming techniques. This time round the young Picasso is all grown up and the video illustrates his possible demise as an effect of the Scientology Suicide incident explained in the other two "Die Probleem met Picasso" music videos; "Letter to Tom Cruise" and "Strategies of Retribution Regarding Devil Worship in The New World." "Die Probleem met Picasso" short film is currently in post and shall debut on the Austin Indie Film circuit shortly. Matthews' "Die Probleem met Picasso" short album is now available on iTunes.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

New Gerschweyn Matthews AFP called "i" is Now in Pre- Production!

My new film and album project called "i" is currently is pre - production. This project, which consists of a short album and short film tells of writer Peter Mueller and his struggles with coming to terms with loss, love and alienation as part of the human experience. Casting is currently underway and I am in talks with Remodernist Cinema Pioneer Jesse Richards with regards to directing. Indie Film Enthusiast and Actor Rizer Walton has recently signed on to the project and will be taking up the role of the tormented Peter Mueller. Keep checking the Gerschweyn Matthews Offical and the Official Facebook pages for more information on "i". Music video for "Die Geheim" to be released soon as well as more info on the Austin Premiere Screening of the "Die Probleem met Picasso" Short Film to follow.

Best;
Gerschweyn Matthews

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Album Film Projects - Updates!



I'll be working with some fantastic musicians and film makers such as David Portugheis, Jesse Richards and Paul Seeds later this year on two new AFP's (album film projects) respectively. Dutch South African fine artist, Ymki van den Berg is also on board and I'm looking forward to the creative process. Thanks again for all the support and patients. Be sure to tune in to the 2 Facebook Pages as well for information on the latter. Also, be sure to keep an eye out for information regarding the new album coming out end of August 2010 as produced by "Beat God" aka Jay Martinez!

Best;
Gerschweyn Matthews

"Die Geheim" - Music Video Completed!


Music Video for final single taken from my short album and film project "Die Probleem met Picasso" is now complete. The track and video is called, "Die Geheim" which means, "The Secret." Keep checking the blog as well as the 2 Facebook pages for the up coming release date. Thanks to the cast and crew especially Nikye Pennington and Tania van den Berg. Also thanks a lot for the support!

Best;
Gerschweyn Matthews

Monday, June 7, 2010

"The Problem with Picasso - Revisiting a Wolf Slain" album - Canceled.

After some considerable consideration I have decided to cancel further production on, as well as the subsequent release of the album "The Problem with Picasso- Revisiting a Wolf Slain." "Die Probleem met Picasso" album is available on Itunes and "The Problem with Picasso- Short Film" is currently in post. I wish to thank all those interested in my work for their continued support.

Best;
Gerschweyn Matthews

Monday, May 24, 2010

The Surgeon's Photograph Pre-Production Information.


Irina Zhekova is the brilliant song writer behind Olivier Derivier's "Alone in The Dark" score for Atari. She is currently based in France and Bulgaria and does great work as a singer-songwriter, dancer and guitarist. I am very happy and humbled by the opportunity to work with Irina on my 2nd AFP called "The Surgeon's Photograph."

Also included in this project is Argentinian Film Composer, David Portugheis. Based in Buenos Aires, David does amazing work and I'm just as humbled about working with him on TSP.

Tentatively, production on "TSP" starts later this year with American Remodernist Cinema Pioneer Jesse Richards directing the accompanying short film. Jesse Richards is a God! More information on "TSP" and these brilliant artists to follow!

1. http://www.davidportugheis.com/
2. http://www.myspace.com/iremusicspace
3. http://jesse-richards.blogspot.com/?zx=2298de7a418902cd
4. http://www.olivierderiviere.com/

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Die Probleem met Picasso Relaunch.


"Die Probleem met Picasso" will be relaunched in June of 2010. The "Revisting a Wolf Slain Edition" features 4 new tracks and remastering of the original collection. Thanks for all the support and for being so patient. I hope that you all will enjoy "Die Probleem met Picasso - Revisting a Wolf Slain Edition," which will be made available in pressed and digital renditions.

Best;
Gerschweyn Matthews

Monday, May 3, 2010

"Die Gehiem" - Video Shoot Behind the Scenes.






Thanks Casting Director Nikye Pennington, cast and crew, Paul, Tania and Danie van den Berg for a great shoot! You guys are going to make'm cry! Thank you once again and I love you guys! Baby Keller; you were great in your Karate Gab! Thanks once again to the whole team. I love you guys!

Best;
Gerschweyn Matthews

Monday, April 26, 2010

Die Geheim Video Shoot - LET'S HAVE A GREAT SHOOT!

Video Shoot for "Die Geheim" is scheduled for Friday 30th and Saturday 1st of May. Thanks to Tania en Danie van den Berg, Nikye Pennington, the cast and crew and everyone who's been putting up with my infant approach to such things. Thanks again and LET'S HAVE A GREAT SHOOT!

BEST;
GERSCHWEYN

Sunday, April 18, 2010

"Letter to Tom Cruise" now available to download on Top Music Japan!

http://topmusic.jp/product_info.php?products_id=603&osCsid=9b1256a3f1e5c666c1d3a9754fc8a5a1

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Die Probleem met Picasso Full Edition On The Way...

Die Probleem met Picasso Album is undergoing a face lift. A full edition is currently under construction and set for release in May of 2010. This rendition will feature digital and physical print issues and includes 5 more tracks including pieces written for the Picasso short film. Thanks for all the support.

Best; gerschweyn

"Die Probleem met Picasso" Digital Pre-Release Out Now!

Gerschweyn Matthews is a Remordernist Film Composer, Screen Writer, Singer - Songwriter. A Digital Pre-Release Edition of his Debut Album called "Die Probleem met Picasso" is out now on Itunes, Amazon and CDbaby!

Monday, March 29, 2010

"Die Antwoord" Tsjek Dit Uit!

South African band "Die Antwoord" is amazing! Great work guys, love the current album. The group is embarking on a World Tour and I really hope they visit Austin with the current set. Here is a link to their official site; http://www.dieantwoord.com/

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Thoughts on Remodernism...

I Think the Remordernists are right; "A true art is the visible manifestation, evidence and facilitator of the soul's journey. Spiritual art does not mean the painting of Madonnas or Buddhas. Spiritual art is the painting of things that touch the soul of the artist. Spiritual art does not often look very spiritual, it ...looks like everything else because spirituality includes everything." http://www.arthistoryarchive.com/arthistory/stuckism/Remodernism-Manifesto.html
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www.arthistoryarchive.com

Regarding Composing for Film and Theater...

Music for film often proves hard to compose, especially so in the case of film projects that are about authentic and raw human experiences. I have found working with film director Gaia Farnam and composer / sound scaper DJ Pennington, that less is more. Film music should always play a supporting role relation to script..., cinematography and performance and must never be obtrusive unless so intended. At it's best, it fuctions as a supporting actor or narator with it's highest intention being just that. In illustration, here is a clip of Gaia Farnam's "The Soul Remains"; music composed and produced by DJ Pennington and myself. http://www.vimeo.com/5613424

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Javier Martinez, Gerschweyn Matthews and Jason Magnuson are now "Texting Simone!"






Recording Sessions with Producer and BEAT Wizzard "Javier Martinez" is going great! We have decided to release this project under the outfit "Texting Simone" as the new songs are very much a colab effort between Javier and myself and "Die Probleem met Picasso Producer", Jason Magnuson. Keep checking this official blog for more info on the Electronic Trio "Texting Simone" and the production of the group's first release. Also be sure to check out my Facebook Page as well as Javier Martinez's and Jason Magnuson's for more info on the project! Jay Recently celebrated his 24th Birthday; Happy birthday Javier and hope you have a great year! Check out the Official "Texting Simone" Blog at; http://textingsimone.blogspot.com/

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Good Luck Sharlto and District 9!


Sharlto Copley and the rest of the District 9 team; Good luck at the Oscars! Please hold thumbs for the team you guys as this is South African Cinema / World Cinema at it's best! Great Job Sharlto, Neil and Mr. Peter Jackson!
Best;
Gerschweyn

Saturday, February 27, 2010

"Die Probleem met Picasso" Film Shoot Wrap!


"Die Probleem met Picasso" Film Shoot Wraps on Saturday 27 February 2010. Thanks very much to all the actors and director Tyler Hayes for doing such a great job. Thanks also to Tania van den Berg for producing and all the location scouting work. Great Job you guys. Thank you once again.
Best;
Gerschweyn

Monday, February 8, 2010

"Die Probleem met Picasso" Ad Campaign Video Launched!

Gerschweyn Matthews' "Die Probleem met Picasso" is now available on iTunes, Cdbaby, Amazon and Lala.com. Visit the singer's Facebook Page for more information on this daringly different Short Album and Film Project.
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2 New Gerschweyn Matthews Album Film Projects Announced!






Following up on "The Problem with Picasso" Gerschweyn Matthews is currently working on two new AFP's for release during the year of 2010. One of which is titled "The Surgeon's Photograph." This project consists of a short album and a short musical styled film curently under production. Keep checking in on the singer's Facebook Page as well as the Official Blog and MiNi Websites for more info. "Die Probleem met Picasso" short album is available now on iTunes, CDbaby, Amazon and Lala.com. More info on short film, "The Problem with Picasso" to follow.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

"The Problem With Picasso," First Look!






Production on "The Problem with Picasso" Short Film is going well. Thank you very much for all the interest and support. Tania and Danie van den Berg and the kids and Jaco; You guys are absolutely amazing, thanks for all the love and support. Tyler Hayes and Paul Seeds; you guys are a joy to work with and I promise for the next stint I wont be as scatter brained and al over the place. Thanks so much for hanging in there with me. All the actors, Ron Weisberg, Christina Childress, Dimitrius Pulido, Iewan van den Berg and all the extras THANK YOU! THANK YOU!