Here at UpStream Worldwide we focus on 3 main aspects:

Live Shows

Artist Bookings & Independently curated Shows

Music Releases

Digital Releases, PR, Marketing, Radio Plugging, Release Planning

Artist Development

Development of New Artists with emphasis on Songwriting

Matthew Marinus


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Matthew started his professional music career as a drummer in Musical Theatre Shows: The Lion King, Chicago, We Will Rock You, Beauty & The Beast & Boys in The Photograph.  

He then moved into the original Music Scene playing for a band called Fevertree where he also got to work in the office of Musketeer Records during the bands Release period.

Matt also became a prominent figure in the sessioning world by playing drums for Artists such as Zebra and Giraffe, RJ Benjamin & Elvis Blue.

In 2009 Matt teamed up with Ryno Zeelie to create a feel-good band called Sergeant Fu which they ran as an independent enterprise.

In 2010 Matt became one of the Founding members of The Graeme Watkins Project which has had resounding successes in South Africa and abroad.

Outside of Music, Matt has a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing Communications through the University of Johannesburg. 

A love for filming and editing became apparent in 2012 after filming a USA Documentary for his band The Graeme Watkins Project - and Matt has never put down a camera since, making Music Documentaries & Music Videos for Artists such as: The Muses, Ringo, Swing City, Daniel Baron, Lonehill Estate, Watershed, Louise Carver, Tima Reece & Paxton.

"Songwriting is where it all begins for an Artist - when the song is the artist and the artist is the song - thats what I want to be involved with" - Matthew Marinus

Matt has been giving Songwriting lessons since 2010 and has recently taken over as the head of the Songwriting Department at Stageworx School of Performing Arts in 2019.

Matt is passionate about working with young Artists that are discovering who they are and assisting them in creating Music that is a true representation of themselves.  UpStream Worldwide is an extension of this into the Professional world where Matt will be accessing all of his skills, expertise and contacts in film, music and marketing in creating custom plans and paths for each artist.


We Make our Artists Come Alive in

Collaboration with the following Companies:

Stageworx Performing Arts School

The Custom Content Collective

The Colab Network

Figure of 8 Productions