After the successful release of his Blues inspired EP - ‘The Burke & Wills Sessions’, which was launched at Melbourne’s iconic Federation Square early last year, 2016 kicked off strong for Melbourne Bluesman & Folk Balladeer, Matt Katsis and there's no sign of slowing the pace in 2017.
Festival line-ups alongside the likes of Australian rock royalty Diesel & Ian Moss at Groundswell Festival in 2016 and performances at the Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival has continued to set the tone amongst an ever-evolving schedule of shows played right across his home state of Victoria.
Having recently toured his latest single ‘Need You Here’ in his trusty (not so trusty!) Mid 80's Toyota Hiace Campervan, ‘Sunny’, Matt rung in the New Year at Tanglewood Music & Arts Festival in Thornton, VIC alongside a string of regional & coastal Victorian & Queensland shows last November/December. He is currently playing shows throughout Summer in Victoria.
Matt revisited his original live acoustic recording for ‘Need You Here’, after his travels through the US and spending time in the southern states. The Americana/Alt Country influence is definitely something he has brought back with him, adding the comforting feeling of ‘being home’.
“ The bare bones of the song and lyrics came about in reflection; it’s about wising up as we get older having that special someone by your side through thick and thin to share life’s experiences”.
The film clip for ‘Need You Here’ unfurls footage captured during Matt’s time travelling through California, Arizona and Utah back in 2014. Edited together by Graeme Passmore alongside filming, set around Byron Bay.
Those who have seen Matt live will recall his raw vocals and command of the acoustic guitar. Matched with a one-man-band approach to his performances through the use of percussive elements of the guitar, stomp box, tambourine and creating loop layers – this together has become the cornerstone of Matt's live blend of blues, roots & folk stirred music.
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 him 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 2016 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.
Matt's past & present releases have been through his Independent Record Label 'Groundsel Records'.
Releases include - Debut EP ‘Rise’ 2008, Debut album, 'Bare bones' mid-2013 & 2016 saw the launch of ‘The Burke & Wills Sessions’ EP plus latest single/film clip ‘Need You Here’ - the first listen from the upc,oming EP due out in mid-2017. Plans in the making for a coinciding launch tour later this year.