Music clip released by Matthew Bentley
Gippsland's Push Start winner MATTHEW BENTLEY has released his first video clip.
The 17 year old acoustic guitarist from Raymond Island has performed for a live recording of his original composition 'Wind and Rain', right on the island beachfront.
Filming on a windy but sunny July day was handled by professionals from Gippsland's Live at Spectrum TV team, cameraman Aidan Boehm (Channel Nine) and audio recorder/mixer Brett Tippet (WIN Television). The clip was beautifully edited by Aidan.
Matthew Bentley was initially influenced by roots musician John Butler but quickly found his own sound. His musical development over the last few years comes from spending many hours with his 12-string Maton guitar at home by the water on Raymond Island in the Gippsland Lakes.
The Year 12 student covered Butler's highly acclaimed Ocean during a recording session at Brett Tippet's Spectrum Productions studio in January, along with some original pieces which have helped bring success in the FReeZA Push Start competition.
After winning the 2016 Bairnsdale heat, Matthew went on to win at Gippsland regional level to earn a spot on the Push Stage in the 2017 state final at the St Kilda Festival. He came second out of nine acts from around Victoria, winning the APRA Songwriter Award of $150 worth of books about the music industry, song writing and producing.
Matthew regularly performs at East Gippsland events and cafes, including his hometown The Fig Cafe at Paynesville, and was selected as support act for Sydney singer-songwriter and actor Keegan Joyce at the Latrobe Performing Arts Centre in January.
As a school captain at Nagle College this year, Matthew is focused on VCE studies and school commitments. However, an expansion of his music activities, including an east coast busking tour, are very much on his mind heading into 2018.
Matthew is writing new songs and is working on adding vocals and a band next year, after which there'll be more recording and performing.