Dreamy, synth-driven melodies, cinematic progressions, powerful pop vocals, and punchy beats, this is the sonic palate of alt-pop duo EMERGER, formed by Emma de Goede (lead vocalist/pianist), and Gerry Matthee (producer/multi-instrumentalist). The songwriting duo met at high school and went on to study music at the University of Cape Town. It was during this time in which they formed EMERGER. Emma graduated with a BMus degree in Jazz Voice and Gerry with a BMus degree in Classical Composition, which is indicative of their signature sonic palate.
After graduating from their studies in 2016, De Goede and Matthee started working on the project, writing material that would soon become their debut self-produced 8-track mini-album, “Bloom”. Released in May of 2018, the album garnered a lot of attention, not only in the South African music scene but also internationally. Two of their songs, “Hindsight” and “Nomadic Love”, have been played on BBC Radio and featured as part of the BBC Introducing show. The duo's debut single, “Break & Fall” was a winner of the Avid and Abbey Road International Song Contest, picked from nearly 5000 entries. The Los Angeles based producer and judge of the contest, John Feldmann (Goldfinger, Blink-182) said: “They have a great cinematic landscape to their music and are a good example of what modern music can be.” The duo had the opportunity to travel to Abbey Road Studios in London for the mastering of this winning song.
Soon after the release, Apple Music showcased EMERGER as their New Artist Spotlight, featuring their songs on prominent playlists on the streaming platform, including Apple Music’s Best of 2018 playlist.
“Bloom” was written, recorded and produced by the duo in their home studio. To finish it off, some of South Africa’s best sound-mixers worked on the mini-album, including Johnny de Ridder (Fokofpolisiekar), David Langemann (Freshlyground), with mastering by Christian Wright (Radiohead, Coldplay) at Abbey Road Studios in London.
In 2019, EMERGER played many shows in and around Cape Town, starting off with their sold out Live Launch at The Raptor Room. Since then they have opened for Goodluck at the V&A Waterfront and played to capacity audiences at numerous popular venues with their slick live act. Most notably, the duo was approached by Bad Weather Productions to collaborate for Mediatech Africa 2019, where they performed their music live, synced to incredible visuals at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg.
2020 has held some big moments for EMERGER, starting with their festival debut, performing on the main stage at Up The Creek Music Festival. In April, the duo released their first official music video for their synth-pop banger “Urban Wilderness (Reimagined)”. Since it’s release the single has gathered more than 27,300 streams across all digital platforms. During lockdown EMERGER performed to their biggest audience to date as part of a livestream show hosted by BandsInTown and Twitch, with ±10,500 audience members tuning in from across the globe.
On 6 November EMERGER released their brand new single “State of Mind”, a first in a series of new offerings from the duo since their debut mini-album “Bloom”. The music video released on 11 November on YouTube. Save for a full-length album, 2021 holds several new releases, including new singles, music videos and numerous live performance videos.