THE NEW LIVE ALBUM
L I V E A T T H E W H E A T Y
- RELEASE DATE -
August 20th, 2019.
THE NEW LIVE ALBUM
- RELEASE DATE -
August 20th, 2019.
The seed was planted for Matt through family friends playing the acoustic guitar at family gatherings, and following those early years Matt Katsis has emerged into an alternative singer-songwriter & guitarist with an individual edge.
After extensively touring over the past few years featuring a live “one-human-band” approach through the use of percussive elements of acoustic guitar, kick drum, stomp box and tambourine, this has seen Matt take to audiences far and wide with the ease and merit that parallel’s his music.
Recent support shows with Australian Roots Music aficionados; Jeff Lang and The Backsliders certainly set the tone for the year ahead. Late-2018 saw him complete his most expansive tour to date with a run of 30-shows across the country (VIC, SA, TAS, NSW, QLD), which followed a 17-date Victorian Summer tour & 18-date National EP launch tour in late-2017 with shows in WA, ACT, SA, QLD and throughout his home state of Victoria.
His 2017 EP release “As The River Runs” & recent 2019 live album “Live At The Wheaty” (The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide) encompasses his distinctive fusion of folk, blues and roots and hints at influences of alternative country and Americana.
Live At The Wheaty presents a collection of songs captured live, raw and solo during the Adelaide leg of his past National tours. As The River Runs was Inspired by his travels through North America’s West and the deep South, the recording process for the EP was a lengthy one but necessary to achieve the sounds imagined by Matt. After the initial live recordings took place in a small church in the goldfields area of Victoria, the remainder of the EP was recorded by Matt himself with just one condenser microphone.
When asked about the EP, Matt explains;
“This EP as a whole has pushed me further as a singer-songwriter, which has led me to cross new territory through a wider use of instrumentation and in particular a refined view on song form and arrangement.”
A Bluesman at heart and avid wanderer reflecting troubadour tradition, albeit delicate folk ballads to foot stomping slide guitar driven downhome blues swagger - stay tuned for new single releases and more as Matt is back on the road this September-Dec in support of the new live album, which will see out 2019.
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View mini-documentary/interview by RESFILMS | Matt Katsis - ‘A Brief Background’.
The mini-doco takes a look back to where a life in music first begun for Matt. From the early beginnings, busking & performing in Melbourne + the affinity toward the acoustic guitar, a partnership going strong two decades on since he set his sights on that 6-string acoustic guitar.
| F E S T I V A L S |
Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival | Blues on Broadbeach | Queenscliff Music Festival | Bruthen Blues & Arts Festival | Melbourne Moomba Festival | White Night Melbourne | White Night Ballarat | The Basin Music Festival | Globe 2 Globe World Music Festival | Groundswell Festival | Mordialloc by the Bay Festival | Kingston Harvest Festival | Frankston Waterfront Festival | Blueprint Festival | Montalto Awakening Festival | Mt. Eliza Music Festival | Boolarra Folk Festival | Swagger Music Festival | Tanglewood Festival | Tooberac Blues & Roots Music Festival | Benalla Wall-to-Wall Festival | Bendigo Craft Beer & Cider Festival | Nightjar Festival Torquay | Kiama Folk By The Sea | Main Street Mornington Festival | Illawarra Folk Festival | San Antone Smokehouse Festival | Womin Djeka Balnarring Festival | St Kilda Blues Festival | Perisher Peak Festival | Echuca-Moama Winter Blues |
“Matt Katsis takes a distinctly modern approach with his combination of blues and folk. Songs are imbued with a heartfelt gravity anchored by his warm and cathartic baritone.”
- Overblown Magazine (UK & Ireland)
“As The River Runs is a warm soothing EP brimming with passionate graceful tracks that warm the cockles of your heart. Pure, honest and charming - each track flows smoothly into the next while displaying subtle variety’s in Katsis’ musicianship and depth."
- Indie Buddie (online publication)
"The highlight of the EP is track ‘All I Wanna Do Is Fly,’ which enters with a sombre and low-key droning that effortlessly pulls you into its narrative, before it transitions into a robust rhythm that really encapsulates Matt Katsis’ ability to craft country and folk soundscapes that would no doubt appeal to any music fan with an open mind."
- Forte Magazine (As The River Runs - EP Review)
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| First Place | Queenscliff Music Festivals Favourite Busker, 2013 (VIC)
| First Place | Warracknabeal 'Y Fest' Favourite Busker, 2014 (VIC)
| First Place | Bruthen Blues Festival International Musicians Challenge , 2015 (USA Tour – Oregon)
| Semi Finalist | Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society (MBAS) Blues Performer of the Year - solo/duo category, 2016 (VIC)
| Semi Finalist | Byron Bay Bluesfest Busking Competition, 2016 (NSW)
| Top 10 AMRAP Regional Charts | #10 (Australian Music Radio Airplay Project) for his song “Need You Here”, 2017 (AU)
| Finalist | Perisher Peak Festival Upload, 2018 (NSW)
| Finalist | Busker’s by the Creek Festival singer/songwriter showcase, 2018 (QLD)
| Finalist | Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society (MBAS) Blues Performer of the Year - solo/duo category, 2018 (VIC)