Meet Matt, a super friendly guy!
Matt has a physical address in Cape Town but he spends most of his year travelling. He works with Ben Brown and has his own projects as well. It was great getting to know Matt and I had to share it with you guys!!!
Ps: we went to this place called New York Bagels in Cape Town and Oh my goshhhh… It’s delicious!!!!!
I want to travel more within my own country and appreciate what it has to offer.
1. Who is Matt?
Matt is just a regular born and raised Cape Tonian who was exposed to the wonders of travelling from a young age, and is fortunate enough to get to continue travelling for work right through his early/mid 20’s.
2. Working with Ben gives you the opportunity to travel the world. So, what is your favourite country? and why?
Haha, this is a question that’s impossible to answer. Every time I visit somewhere new I think “Ok, THIS is officially my favourite country.” That’s not to say that I don’t have favourites, it’s just that each country is so unique and their populations and cultures have many different things to offer and appreciate, so I wouldn’t be able to choose just one. Right now if I had to say, my top 2 would have to be Costa Rica and Zambia. The people there are so friendly and the countries themselves are just beautiful! We do often visit Canada and the States for work as well though, which I always enjoy too because it’s just such a different lifestyle from what I’m used to in South Africa.
3. You have a youtube channel about food. Why a cooking channel?
To be honest, when I first started my channel I had no idea what I wanted to be uploading, but I was often told by Ben (Brown) that it doesn’t matter what I’m uploading as long as it’s something I’m passionate about, and that an audience will be able to see that, and so the content will be strong on that basis, where as if you’re just trying to put up videos to gain a large audience or use it as a source of income, you’re already in the wrong mindset and the quality of your content will suffer. All the people that I knew in the YouTube scene (basically Ben and his mates) were all doing the vlog type thing (whether it be daily or weekly etc.) and even though I’d been told that I could be good at that too I wasn’t interested in copying everyone else, so if I was going to do something, I wanted it to be something different, something that no one else in our social circle was doing and I’d always had a passion for food as a kid. I grew up watching The Naked Chef and then as I got older (and started house-sitting places with DSTV) I would binge watch shows like Chopped, Come Dine With Me, Hell’s Kitchen, Diners Drive-Ins and Dives, etc.
Watching those shows I thought I’d give it a crack, and with the help of Ben I filmed my first video, edited it and got it out there about halfway through 2015 (after many days of fussing and worrying that it “just isn’t quite perfect”.)
4. Do you have any projects coming up that we can hear a little bit about?
This year I’m obviously working for Ben so I prioritise his work over any personal projects that may come my way, so his projects are my projects. He’s really understanding and supportive though, so should anything come my way that I’m really interested in he’ll often push me to go for it, which I guess is the benefit of being friends with your boss. Haha. I can’t say too much about upcoming projects for this year, but we do have an upcoming project where we’ll be in Thailand for 2 weeks filming a very cool event from a new perspective.
5. Matt what are your 2016 goals? (I am expecting an answer including your chickens.)
Hahaha. Unfortunately my chickens are not joining me on my 2016 journey because they actually belong to my old house-mate. My goals for 2016 are pretty standard I think (eat healthier, exercise more, blah blah blah) but one thing that I would like to focus on this year besides from growing my own channels is travelling more within my own country and appreciating what it has to offer. One thing that I’ve learned from travelling is that there’s no other country quite like South Africa and there are no other people quite like South Africans.
6. To end, a little tricky question: What is your opinion on social media.
My opinion on social media is to keep your opinion off social media. When you have a large following it’s very easy to get into the headspace that “Everyone wants to know what I think.” So in general I try to keep my social media pages (Instagram/Twitter/Snapchat) light, funny and easily digestible because that’s what I enjoy and look for in a social media page/account. I try keep them free of politics or any form of debate, because all you need to do is spend 2 minutes in a YouTube comment section to see why the Internet is not the ideal place to look for rational, enlightening, intelligent arguments.
Thanks again Matt for the amazing interview & Safe travels!
Photography: Grace Charlotte & Myself