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

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.

July 12th, 2014

After a wonderful three week tour in the Netherlands and Germany, it’s great to be back home again. As the Dutch say: “Oost, west, thuis best”. Many thanks to all the nice folks who came out to concerts and sang along – good clean fun! I really enjoyed re-connecting with old friends and making new ones, too.

Here’s a live performance slice from the tour . Thanks again to Rolof Groothoff and everyone else at Raspberry Sessions in Utrecht.

July 3rd, 2014

The next stop on the tour is a special concert this Saturday 5 July in Ijsselmuiden, the town where my father grew up, with my brother Johan singing harmonies. My friend Arjan Brandsma will open the night with a set of his great songs. After the show, we’ll watch the Netherlands – Costa Rica match in the World Cup. Promises to be a good night!

The concert takes place in the Kampen Boys Choir building at Blekerijweg 1a, Ijsselmuiden, and it begins at 20.00u. Admission is free with a hat going around for small donations to help cover tour costs. I’m looking forward to a gezellige evening!