The family is of Dutch, African, Irish and Malaysian decent. Gerschweyn speaks and sings in Afrikaans (a Dutch and dialect), Dutch and English. Gerschweyn started playing the piano at age 9 and excelled in the instrument at school after a music education teacher advised the family on the matter of Gerschweyn's promising talent. In Apartheid South Africa, the family could not afford a piano during Gerschweyn’s primary tutelage. The determent 9 year old took to a pile of dirt in the back of the family house.
He drew piano keys in sand so as to practice his prescribed work. Gerschweyn sang regularly at school and church events ( a gift he inherited from his grand father John and his father Hubert; both accomplished singers and songwriters). Gerschweyn’s father is a retired Priest. There is no doubt that his very religious up bringing has played an enormous part in “cultivating” his grievances regarding Religion.
His now infamous quote, “ Bjork is to me what masturbation is to the Pope...and I love her dearly” is just one example of how this timid yet purposefully very rebellious artist ruffles the feathers of establishment. Matthews went on to study at the University of Cape Town majoring in Analytic Philosophy and Comparative Religious Studies. He minored in Psychology, Theater and Film. It becomes very apparent when listening to the singer perform or work on new material that he is very much a self loather. Nothing that he composes is ever good enough and somehow this affliction is what undoubtedly makes him a true artist, a questioner, a revolutionist.
Better put in his own words, “...I’m just a monkey with two tricks up the sleeve; bad piano playing and even worse singing.” Currently Matthews is finishing work on a Normative Philosophy Theory regarding the purpose of creating and recording music. “Remodernist Music” is a short paper with which Gerschweyn seeks to investigate “his method behind the madness” so as if to clarify his very modern and avant garde ideas on the nature of composing, recording an performing. For more information on Gerschweyn Matthews visit with him on Facebook and be sure to read up on the Gerschweyn Matthews Official Blog. Read more on Last.fm.
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