Freshhhhh set of strings for some of the gang #maton #minimaton #fenderresotele #songsoffreedom
Well this ain't a bad way to kick off the new year! Info @ http://www.groundswellfest.com.au #groundswellfest #laketyersbeach #eastgippsland #victoria
When there's a tornado outside and you've been listening to way too much John Mayer.. too much JM? there ain't no such thing #guitarsolo #improvisation #jam #looping
The final gigs of the single tour wrap up this weekend at the Bendigo Blues and Roots Festival - playing Friday and Saturday evening! Sunny has luckily been in good form, even in high country VIC winding through the great alpine road (might have something to do with the new radiator!)
out and about last week. Photo by tyrell black. Looking forward to playing @bendigoblues festival this weekend! #streetsounds #blues #rootsmusic #buskinglife #melbournemusic
Somebody's wondering why I'm still playing guitar on the deck and not taking them for a walk #oldmate #frenchie #grumpyoldman
A dedicated work and show ethic has seen Melbourne born and raised singer, songwriter and guitarist, MATT KATSIS take to Australian audiences with the ease and merit that parallel’s his music.
Earlier this year saw Matt play a string of 15+ solo shows spanning mid January – late March with dates right across Victoria. Including a return performance at the Bruthen Blues & Arts Festival, which took Matt stateside in 2014 for shows in Oregon, USA after winning their first International Musicians Challenge during last year’s festival. Recently, Matt was a finalist in the Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society’s (MBAS) Blues Performer of the year in the solo/duo category.
After road testing a bunch of new songs, Matt headed into the studio in April and bunkered down into recording mode working towards a new EP. Now a few months later, the release of 2 new singles are now on the horizon this Spring and the new EP to follow is set for release in early 2016.
As well as in-venue gigs, you can also find Matt playing in front of audiences around town on the street’s of Melbourne. Rejoicing in the hustle of Bourke Street Mall’s bustling busking scene, street performance has had a big impact on exposing Matt’s music to new ears from a grassroots level as an emerging artist in the Melbourne music scene. Look out for him this September onwards.
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From an early age, exposure to family friends playing the acoustic guitar at numerous gatherings turned out to plant the seeds of Matt’s interest in the instrument. Ripening was a keen desire to learn more about those six string and finally after much nagging it was at the age of nine when his parents bought him his first guitar and before too long he’d begin learning how to play it.
Hours on end of guitar playing during Matt’s teenage years inevitably turned toward an eager interest in the craft of songwriting. With this focus, it was apparent that there wasn’t any alternative other than working toward a life in music.
Straight out of highschool, at just 17 years of age Matt was accepted into a Bachelor of Music in applied performance which he completed over the years to follow. During this time, regular gigs and residency’s around Melbourne took shape affirming Matt to be no stranger to the stage.
The tail end of 2013 saw him take the title as Queenscliff Music Festivals favourite Busker voted by the festival goers, which saw him performing at the 2014 Festival last November. Now into 2015- muso life earlier this year revealed a big few months ahead with a collection of solo shows played during the Summer and beyond.
In February of last year he won first prize in the Bruthen Blues & Arts Festival’s International Musician’s Challenge – a total of 60 musical acts entered via several heats hosted around Victoria which led to a final shortlist of 10, each of who performed a set on the Festival Saturday for final judging. First prize saw Katsis jet-set over to Southern Oregon, USA last July for a festival and various venue performances. In the lead up to the string of 10 shows he road tripped the West, travelling through California, Arizona, Nevada and Utah earlier in mid June.
Matt’s ‘one man band’ approach to his solo performances has seen his sound take direction and refuge in Blues/Roots and Folk music. With a raw vocal, 6/12 string acoustic and slide guitars, foot percussion and an array of effect pedals paired alongside these longtime influences, his music has been heard on numerous Australian stages, festival line-ups and iconic venues.
After playing more than 80 shows in 2012, and 100 in 2013, Katsis demonstrates his passion and commitment each and every time he steps on the stage. Further cementing his dedication, he has shared platforms with formidable Australian acts such as Mark Seymour (Hunters & Collectors), Lloyd Spiegel, Jimi Hocking (The Screaming Jets), Chris Wilson, Shaun Kirk and the late great Dutch Tilders.
Some standout festival performances include: Queensland’s ‘Blues on Broadbeach’, Queenscliff Music Festival, Kingston’s ‘Globe-to-Globe World Music Festival’, The Bruthen Blues & Arts Festival, Bright’s Swagger Music Festival, Katsis is right at home on stage.(Photo Credit: Graeme Passmore)
When not performing, Katsis is writing and producing his own music. Having founded his own independent record label, Groundsel Records, in 2008, he has since released three records which all demonstrate his unique aesthetic and has seen him lucky enough to work alongside talented sound engineers in various studios around Melbourne and surrounds.
He released his debut EP, ‘Rise’, in 2008, and his debut album, ‘Barebones’, in 2013. To accompany his 2013 release, Katsis held a Victorian launch tour and a follow up Summer tour, where he attracted the attention of new fans around his home state.
He played shows around Victoria last Autumn into Winter before heading to USA West Coast Summer for a string of shows in Oregon during mid 2014. Arrived back in Melbourne and hit the ground running with a bunch of shows throughout our spring, including performances at the Queenscliff Music Festival and the Bendigo Craft Beer Festival, which capped off a huge 2014.
Catch all newly listed gigs set to see out 2015 in the shows section. Stay tuned by signing up to the mailing list for the latest news and happenings!
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The India Black is Matt’s side-project which is a Reggae/Progressive Rock crossover. The India Black, released their debut EP in 2012, titled ‘Recoil’.
Their sound draws inspiration, influence and direction from the music of esteemed bands such as Bob Marley & The Wailers, The Police, Sublime, The Cure, 311 and Fat Freddy’s Drop.
A follow up EP is due for release in 2016.
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