Matt Carstens is a singer-songwriter and musician from Cape Town. Not too long ago, he released an inspiring indie-pop tune, entitled, “You Do You”.

Matt Carstens – “You Do You” single

“‘You Do You’ is a song I wrote about my own struggle with individuality. At the time I was writing the song, I was going through quite a busy and life-changing time. I found myself surrounded by a lot of people I didn’t really know trying to force their own ideas and opinions on me, trying to change the way I live my life and even my approach to music. The song was my way of dealing with that; songwriting has always been my means to vent about these kinds of things.” – Matt Carstens

‘You Do You’ finds Matt Carstens singing about respect and individuality while encouraging listeners to be that unique person that they were meant to be.  

The reassuring tune contains a positive narrative, ear-welcoming vocals, and tuneful melodies. Also, the song possesses guitar-driven instrumentation scented with a warm and cozy indie-pop aroma.

Matt Carstens

Matt Carstens press photo

“My main motivation behind writing the song was to send a positive, inclusive message to anyone finding themselves in a similar situation where people are trying to get in the way of their individual truth. Putting your identity and happiness in the hands of someone else only gets in the way of you being the person you’re meant to be. So ultimately just show your fabulous self the love and respect you know you deserve. Just be lekker.” – Matt Carstens

Matt Carstens is a name you should remember and an exciting new artist to watch. Armed with his acoustic guitar and loop pedal, he is making his mark on the music scene, both locally and internationally. 

In 2018, he embarked on his first-ever international tour to the U.K. as part of the Coffee House Sessions initiative. Accompanied by an acclaimed Australian band, “Germein”, Matt played 20 sessions at universities across England over 2 weeks, as a proudly South African solo act.

Matt Carstens – “You Do You” single

Matt Carstens - “You Do You” cover

“Respecting the fact that each person is a completely unique individual trying to find what they’re all about. But also respecting their own individual selves enough to pursue what makes them happy without letting anyone get in the way of that. Nobody has the right to pressure you about who to love, what to wear, what music you should be into. You just have to do you and let them be them.” – Matt Carstens

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