TEA Volume 9 compilation artist Matthew de Zoete talks with Phillip Hong from SRN Mediaworks about his latest song release Sparkle Eyes. This track is featured on compilation series TEA Volume 9, from Toronto Experimental Artists. It also takes centre stage on Matthew’s album “Accross the Sea” which can be found here. After releasing ‘Across the Sea’, de Zoete began establishing an international audience. Extensive touring throughout Canada, America, and The Netherlands has earned him a reputation for solid songwriting and dynamic performances that pull listeners deep into his music. Along with his band, he goes beyond a simple recitation of notes to construct a powerful musical conduit connecting the audience to the songs. Matthew has shared the stage with artists including Great Lake Swimmers, Luke Doucet, SerenaRyder, Peter Elkas, Melissa McClelland, and Pete Best. He has performed at numerous festivals including North by Northeast (Toronto, ON), Indie Week Toronto, GO! Music Festival (Waterloo, ON), In the Dead of Winter (Halifax, NS), Spring Arts Festival (Grand Rapids, MI), Hamilton Music Awards, Festival of Friends (Hamilton, ON), and It’s Your Festival (Hamilton, ON). Matthew is about to embark on tours of Eastern Canada (March 2009), the Netherlands (April 2009) and back to Quebec and Ontario for Spring and Summer 2009. Check out his tour dates here. Matthew performed heart warming and emotive set at the TEA Summer Showcase at the Rivoli on Saturday July 18, 2009.