How it all started

“We met as two ambitious young students at the University of Stellenbosch. After a few cups of coffee we soon realised that we shared much more than our common interest in music. Today, after a brief stint in the corporate world, we are married and working as full-time musicians; pursuing our dream to inspire others through our craft.”
 
 

Our Style

It’s hard to assign a genre to the music of the Bottomless Coffee Band. The style can be described as folk-pop. With foot stomping rhythms, hard hitting lyrics and hints of the dramatic, they are impressive to watch. “We like to refer to it as gourmet music… This term captures our vision as musicians: to produce music that is true to ourselves in the different stages of developing as musicians and creatives. To write lyrics and play songs that encourages good times, evokes emotion and sparks deeds of love, hope and change.” Lourens and Esté have become crowd favourites for their variety in song writing, melodic storytelling and electrifying performances, inspiring the nostalgia of the legends of yesteryear.
 

Our Instruments

We have a great love for instruments; we are constantly on the look-out for interesting sounds to include in our oeuvre. Currently we play 12 instruments between the two of us, gracing the stage with an impressive display of music-making gadgets, and allowing the sound of a full band. Our instruments include the Farmer foot drums, acoustic and electric guitar, electric bass, U-Bass, accordion, ukulele, harmonica, glockenspiel and various percussion instruments. We also sing, whilst playing the above.

Matt

Esté

A Karoo girl, born with a great passion and love for music, performing and the stage. The moment
she could pull herself up on the piano chair, she taught herself to play and sing. She soon
performed at various events in the town where she grew up and later started writing songs. She
studied drama with classical singing at Stellenbosch to develop the performance component to her
music. It is in the University choir where she met Lourens and the band was born. After a few years
in corporate theatre, she took up the Bottomless Coffee Band as a full time career. Her other
passions and hobbies are the stories of people, traveling, coffee, wine, food, fashion, film and
conservation!

Mark

Lourens

He grew up in Durbanville, Cape Town, where he was exposed to a vibrant music scene from a
young age. His tupperware drumming sessions as a little boy payed off and he soon started
playing drums in various rock and metal bands as a schoolboy. He took up guitar at a later age
under the guidance of his older brother. He studied law and investments at Stellenbosch and UCT
where his love for blues and folk music began. He worked as an investment analyst for 4 years

before he took the leap of faith to become a full time musician. He also has a great love for
collecting guitars, traveling, wine and personal finance.