Matthew de Zoete

This is the actual Super 8 footage from the early 1960s that inspired the song "Colour Film", which led to the concept for the album Colour Film. Thanks to my Opa, Oma, and other relatives who appear in the video, and thanks to Bill Van Dyk for editing the footage.

Imagine Nick Drake cheering up and living long enough to work with Beck. That's the vision conjured on Matthew's third album Colour Film. Produced by Les Cooper, it calls for a dark room, good headphones, and a glass of single malt.    MORE INFO | Buy on CDBaby | Buy on iTunes

March 2nd, 2015

I’m pleased to announce I’ll be playing at JUNOfest 2015, a live music pre-party for the JUNO Awards in Hamilton. Just in time to air out the new songs I’ve been recording! The show is on Saturday March 14 at The Casbah (corner of King and Queen). I’m the first act on at 9pm, followed by Sam Cash & The Romantic Dogs , Dear Rouge , The Bros Landreth , and The Devin Cuddy Band .

I’ll have a full band in tow to pepper the porridge. Promises to be a great night, provided you like your porridge peppered. Tickets are at www.ticketfly.com .

January 3rd, 2015

Happy New Year. I like how each new year looks from the start – like a frozen pond waiting for your little marks. Hopefully, you do the time and opportunity justice and you can feel good about what you’ve done when the wheel turns through another 12 months.

The past year feels like that. After some great summer touring, I’ve been taking a bit of a break from performing to focus on some new works. Some require a bit more mixing, some require a bit more diaper changing. I’m excited about all of them, and I’m looking forward to letting them see a bit more of the world in 2015.

In the meantime, enjoy the clean surface and make your marks well.

October 31st, 2014

A nice article about the song “Remembrance Day” and my interest in history has been published in Raise the Hammer, a local paper in my hometown of Hamilton. Have a read at www.raisethehammer.org . Thanks to Shiona Mackenzie for writing the piece and to Ian Pettigrew for the pictures.

October 2nd, 2014

It’d be an understatement to say that the music of John Lennon, both with and after The Beatles, has been a big influence and inspiration for me. So I’m pleased to be playing one of his songs at a tribute show happening here in Hamilton on Saturday night, especially since the proceeds will help local musicians record their own songs. Maybe even a few inspired by John. Check out the details at the Facebook event page.

September 5th, 2014

Wow – time certainly does fly. Especially when you’re trying to have fun! It’s already September, and one daughter is off to Grade 1 while the other is almost walking. Let the good times roll!

The new recordings over which I’ve been so assiduously slaving (see picture below) are almost up and walking as well. Not quite sure where they’ll be going, but I’m sure they’ll find their way.

If you live in the Hamilton area like I do, the beginning of September means that Supercrawl is just around the corner. Supercrawl is a multi-day street party, music festival, and arts event in the downtown core of the city, and it really makes me proud to call this place home. This year, I’ll be performing a special set of kids’ songs called “Songs in the Key of Farm” on the Family Area Stage, along with a special guest who just started Grade 1. Details of that performance are on the CONCERTS page, while full details for Supercrawl are at www.supercrawl.ca .

August 5th, 2014


Hard at work in the studio motivating the band.