Beatenberg is the fresh face of pop music from South Africa. The band is made up of Matthew Field, who does vocals and plays the guitar; Ross Dorkin, who plays the bass; and Robin Brink, who plays the drums "like a nutcase".
Talking about his band, songwriter Field says, "it’s about emotions, images and fleeting senses of things: the mad stuff that everyone feels and almost understands." Their self-declared "pop" aesthetic becomes clear in the first song written for the album The Hanging Gardens of Beatenberg, "Echoes". "Echoes" blends synth elements with "africanesque" guitar lines and stark, haunting vocals, while the band’s impromptu acoustic performance video of "Scorpionfish" (2012) displays their core as a trio that actually plays instruments.
Beatenberg fast became familiar after the country started asking, “Who is Chelsea Blakemore?” after the release of their debut single "Chelsea Blakemore" in late 2013. With extensive gigging and touring throughout 2013 and 2014, including performances at all of South Africa’s major festivals, Beatenberg opened for Bastille, John Newman and 30 Seconds to Mars over the last year, in between a number of showcase events in New York at the CMJ Music Marathon. On top of this, their collaboration with DJ Clock, "Pluto (Remember You)", grew to become the biggest smash hit of the summer in Southern Africa and broke the record for most weeks at number one on radio with 19 weeks on the top spot, making it the longest a song has held onto the #1 position in radio tracking history in the country. DJ Clock and Beatenberg have together been nominated for 5 awards for "Pluto (Remember You)" in 2014; 4 Channel O Music Awards (Nov ’14) and 1 MTV Africa Music Award (June ’14 - Song Of The Year), where Beatenberg performed with DJ Clock at the prestigious ceremony.
Drawing from a vast heritage of African artists and sounds and blending that with their unique pop sensibility, Beatenberg are at once locally rooted and global in their appeal, having captivated and enthralled audiences across every platform in South Africa. Beatenberg have received critical acclaim for their album, The Hanging Gardens of Beatenberg, released in August 2014 through Universal Music. Self-produced by the band, recorded at Sunset Studios in Stellenbosch and mixed in the UK, the album is proudly pop, meticulously crafted and sublime in the idiosyncratic sounds and textures created by the band.