Animator, visual artist, music fanatic. However you want to describe him, Matthew is our music fuelled, animating machine and this is what he gets up to.

Background

Born and bred in the mythical land of Cardiff, Matthew grew up hypnotised by the moving pictures on Saturday morning TV instilling a desire to tell stories and create his own adventures. Stories he would re-enact with his Blacktron Legos, Star Wars figures and G1 Transformers, this guy was obviously cool.

Ever since working out how to change the time on his VCR and setting up his first games console, there was a fascination with technology and finding out how things worked, hoping one day we would be living in a technology based future of flying cars, holodecks and lightsabers.

After graduating from studying Animation at UWCN, Matthew went on to find his feet taking on various creative freelance jobs he could find ranging from animated stings, building websites and even designing posters for the legendary TJs in Newport. It wasn’t until collaborating with Patrick that the early days of Jammy Custard started to form.

Role at Jammy Custard

Here at Jammy Custard, Matthew leads the video and animation projects, which means sometimes having to shy away to a different room to act out the characters he’s about to animate.

He’s also our Technical Director which involves not only overseeing the tech in use throughout the studio, but also employing new tech ideas to improve performance and workflow. Combine that with the video side and you end up with time saving resources like this Motion Elements pack he created. Pretty cool huh?

Whenever he get’s the chance, Matthew is fond of telling stories through Music Videos and sharing animated shorts across our social media channels

Life Outside The Studio

Matthew is endlessly practicing and pushing his creativity, combined with his obsession of live music, he collaborates with two Cardiff bands as a live visual artist.

With ‘Albatross Archive’ he has created animated backing visuals that synchronise and complement their music. His first outing with the band consisted of a 30 minute narrative taking the audience on a live journey of sight and sound. The shows later progressed to experiment with multiple screens and projection mapping as a means to explore ways of enhancing the live experience. This collaboration has taken him to be part of winning a battle of the bands as part of Nation Radio’s Big Gig competition, performing at variety of festivals and venues around Cardiff as well as performing on Made In Cardiff TV.

Metropolis animated visuals for Albatross Archive. (Photo credit http://petetakespictures.com/)

His new live project is much more dynamic, working alongside ‘5th Spear’ a solo artist with a huge electronic sound and live drums, Matthew now stands on stage and performs the visuals live as a VJ, meaning the visuals are even more of a performance instead of a careful orchestrated event. After already playing a few gigs, including a huge turnout at Swn Festival 2015 and a headline slot at FreeForAll Festival 2016, this is an exciting new venture exploring the realms of interactive and dynamic visual performance.

Matthew prepping the visuals on the side of the stage. (Photo credit http://petetakespictures.com/)

Connect with Matthew

If you think Matthew’s a swell kinda guy you think you’d get along with, pick his brain about animation, geek out about music or simply just want to stalk him. There are varying ways for you to do so:

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @mcjammycustard

Instagram: @mcjammycustard

Linkedin: mcjammycustard

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