Early start on the road to Golden Plains Music Festival .. Cannot wait to see Fat Freddy's Drop !!
And so the Summer tour has come to an end after 24 shows, had an absolutely awesome time getting about for the past 3 months to venues around VIC!! ..next will see a new single release with The India Black in April, so we'll be getting into the studio in a couple weeks.. stoked to be working with producer/engineer Damien Charles of Ghost Oak Studios for this one, who have recently opened up their doors along the Mornington Peninsula.
And so the Summer tour has come to an end after 24 shows, had an absolutely awesome time getting about for the past 3 months to venues around VIC!! next will see a new single release with The India Black in April, so we'll be getting into the studio in a couple weeks.. stoked to be working with producer/engineer Damien Charles of Ghost Oak Studios for this one, who have recently opened up their doors along the Mornington Peninsula
Matt Katsis shared Craig Johnston's status update.
Hey guys so the final gigs of the Simmerdown Sundown Tour are this weekend, the Yarra Glen Grand Hotel tonight and The Mountain Grand, Halls Gap on Sat!!
Final gigs of the Simmerdown Sundown Tour are this weekend, Yarra Glen Grand Hotel tonight!!
Matt Katsis added 14 photos.
what a weekend! humbled to have won first prize in the Bruthen Blues & Arts Festival international musician challenge, which will take me over to Southern Oregon, USA for shows in July!! Huge huge thanks to the Festival committee, volunteers and Mark McCord for making all this possible. Also to everyone who came to a show over the weekend, said gidday and picked up an album - thankyou!
Much like that age-old argument as to whether a leader is born or made, here poses the question: are musicians born musicians? Undoubtedly a contentious topic, this may well be the case for the Melbourne born and raised singer, songwriter and guitarist, MATT KATSIS.
From an early age, exposure to family friends playing the acoustic guitar at numerous gatherings turned out to become the seeds of Katsis’ interest in the instrument, and thus, he developed a desire to learn. 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.
It was here where he found his passion in life. In the years to follow, there was no alternative but to pursue his calling as a musician.
Now a seasoned professional, Katsis continues to pave the way of his own music career, connecting with audiences near and far.
As both a soloist, and the vocalist and guitarist in his three-piece band, Matt Katsis & The India Black, his music ranges in a number of genres including folk, blues and reggae. He manages to fuse these styles together to create an energetic and intimate sound. Katsis’ solo performance bestows his raw and honest vocals, chic 6 & 12 string acoustic guitars, a thumping stomp box and an array of effect pedals. These are all used to create his rich and lively sound, which 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 through each and every performance. Further cementing his influence and dedication, he has shared platforms with formidable Australian acts such as Mark Seymour (Hunters & Collectors), Ash Grunwald, Diesel, Lloyd Spiegel, Jimi Hocking (The Screaming Jets), Chris Wilson, Shaun Kirk and the late great Dutch Tilders.
Add that to the many festivals he has performed at, including: Queensland’s ‘Blues on Broadbeach’, Victoria’s ‘Blueprint Festival’, Queenscliff Music Festival, Kingston’s ‘Globe-to-Globe World Music Festival’, Boolarra Folk Festival, Bright’s Swagger Music Festival and several more, 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 produced three records which all demonstrate his unique aesthetic. He did so not only at his home studio, but in various studios all around Melbourne, working alongside some talented sound engineers.
His band - Matt Katsis & The India Black, released their debut EP in 2012, titled ‘Recoil’. The India Black is a Reggae/Dub/Progressive Rock crossover with Jeff Crocker (Drums), Lenny Boyd (Bass) and Katsis (Vocals and Guitars.)
Although his band and solo identity both typically feature Katsis’ earthy vocals and the acoustic guitar as the focal point of the music, the India Black’s sound differs recognisably as it 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.
In his solo realm, Katsis embraces the influences of prolific singer-songwriter’s Cat Stevens, Bob Dylan, Jeff Buckley, Tommy Emmanuel, Josh Pyke and Harry Manx.
As a soloist, he has 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, where he attracted the attention of new fans around his home state.
He doesn’t just connect with people through venue gigs, he also does so through successfully tackling the hustle of Melbourne’s busking scene. Katsis describes busking to be “the perfect mix amongst promoting my music, meeting people and potential fans.” He continues, ” I think it has really boosted the overall awareness from a grassroots level and it has had a huge impact on exposing my music and latest album to new ears”
As Katsis is continuing to record and perform his music, we can only expect things to amplify.
He is currently touring Victoria for his ‘Simmer Down Sundown’ summer tour for his debut solo release, ‘Barebones’. With plans to hit New South Wales, Queensland and Tasmania in 2014 in support of a brand new single set for release in April, stay tuned and we’ll see you on the road!
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