A 21-year-old from Retreat is telling his life story and stories about his surroundings through music.Matthew Sylvester, also known as M.A.T.T., says music is his passion and when he is writing his songs he is in a happy space.He started rapping at the age of 12 and started building a fan base straight after school. “I really enjoy what I do. After school I had to kick off this dream and do something so that someone can recognise me and see the talent that I have,” he says.The apple didn’t fall far from the tree, as Sylvester’s love for music stems from his father who loved music and was a DJ. “I grew up in a family that loves music. So it was easy for me to make a decision about being in the music industry. I really like where it is going, but being an independent artist is a little difficult. However, people love my music and I will continue to do what I do until I get my feet in the music industry,” he says.Sylvester just released another single, called “Miss you”, which is a dedication to his brother who died about six years ago. “He was my everything. He was stabbed at work and he died. He was the oldest in our family and things changed for us after his passing. This song is for everyone who has gone through the same thing, losing someone so dear to them. Everyone relates to the song and it’s getting a lot of views. “He was such a good person, not even involved in any gangsterism and we lost him in the most horrific way. We saw him in the morning going to work and the next thing we got a call that he had been stabbed,” he says.“I was young when he passed on, but his death pushed me in the right direction and made me want to push my music more so that I can tell his story. “I believe my music is for everyone. If you want a slow song, there is something, hip-hop – there is something. I sing about things that I have been through and things that I see around me,” says Sylvester.His dream is to make it big in the industry. “I am my own inspiration. I motivate myself to do better each day and I hope that one day I will be a big name in the music industry because I believe in what I do. “I also look up to musicians like AKA and Nasty C. I like what they do and I hope I will get there. The most important thing is to start somewhere,” he says.