After the successful recent release of his new EP ‘The Burke & Wills Sessions’ which coincided with a launch show at Federation Square in Melbourne, 2016 has kicked off strong for Melbourne Bluesman & Folk Balladeer, MATT KATSIS.
Festival line-ups alongside the likes of Australian rock royalty Diesel, Ian Moss & Hoodoo Gurus at Groundswell Festival and performances at the Australian F1 Grand Prix welcomed in the new year amongst an already ever evolving schedule of shows played right across his home state of Victoria.
With a dedicated work & show ethic that governs a raw untamed lead vocal alongside 6 & 12 string slide and fingerstyle acoustic/electrified guitars, matched with the percussive elements of kick drum, stomp box and tambourine, these are the elements which have become the lifeblood to Matt’s “one-man-band” approach to songwriting and solo performances.
Playing well over 100 in-venue shows a year for the past 3 years alongside numerous street performance appearances, Matt has steadily taken to a number of Australian stages, festival line-ups and iconic venues around the country including Queensland’s Blues on Broadbeach, Bendigo Blues & Roots Festival, Bruthen Blues Festival, Swagger Music Festival to name a few and by festival audiences vote, he took out the title of ‘Queenscliff Music Festivals Favourite Busker’ 2013 which saw him secure a program spot for the following 2014 Festival.
Mid 2014 welcomed something fresh into the mix as it took Matt stateside for a string of shows in Oregon, USA after winning the Bruthen Blues & Arts Festival’s first International Musicians Challenge, which took place during their 2014 Blues Festival. Before 2015′s end, he was a finalist in the Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society’s (MBAS) Blues Performer of the year in the solo/duo category. Recently he was a semi-finalist in the Byron Bay Bluesfest Busking Competition held in New South Wales.
Upon memorable experiences stateside, Matt returned to the US again in mid 2015, although this time searching for inspiration as he made his way through the southern states stopping into music hot spots; Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans as well as a trip down the Mississippi Delta following the Blues trail - an experience Matt has ticked off the bucket list and one which has certainly sparked a creative flow in the music he is continually producing.
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Matt Katsis releases include debut EP ‘Rise’ 2008, debut album, 'Bare bones' mid-2013 and 2016 has already seen the launch of ‘The Burke & Wills Sessions’ EP plus new single releases in the lead up to a follow up 2016 EP before the years out each with coinciding tours/shows.