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Matt Katsis
Facebook IconApril 17, 2014 at 6:01 pm

Early start to the weekend here at world!

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Matt Katsis
Facebook IconApril 17, 2014 at 2:15 pm

A big 5 days of live original music ahead at World Restaurant and Bar, Southbank with their annual Easter festival and i'll be kicking things from 5pm this arvo!

Nice work Make Believe Music Australia for putting all this together!

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Matt Katsis
April 15, 2014 at 2:35 pm

Matt Katsis shared Candice McLeod's event.

roadtrip this Easter weekend!

Matt Katsis
Facebook IconApril 13, 2014 at 1:38 pm

will be making my way to Veludo Bar & Restaurant. St Kilda for one solo set tonight from 8:30pm! Live tunes getting started from Haybax + Jame just after 7pm

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Facebook IconApril 12, 2014 at 1:02 am
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April 11, 2014 at 11:38 am

Matt Katsis shared World Restaurant and Bar's event.

will be opening the World Restaurant and Bar Easter Music Festival on Thursday 17th playing from 5pm - 7pm! First show of the upcoming Autumn gigs

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Facebook IconApril 11, 2014 at 11:29 am

In the lead up to making his way over to the USA in June, Matt Katsis has announced a run of Autumn shows around Victoria. Stopping into some new venues as well as some good old favourites, Katsis will be covering more ground around regional & coastal Victoria as well as inner Melbourne venues.

For the upcoming shows, Katsis will not only be featuring his original songs. In addition, he will be paying tribute to artists who have influenced and inspired him along the way. Performing his own renditions of songs by artists Elvis, Cat Stevens, Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan.

A few select shows will be with his band, reggae/rock influenced ‘The India Black’.

This will be the last chance to catch a show before heading over to the US, please help spread the word by sharing this post! :)

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Matt Katsis
Facebook IconApril 8, 2014 at 5:41 pm

Couple tracks down, making progress!

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Matt Katsis
Facebook IconApril 7, 2014 at 4:47 pm

running over lead guitar parts for tomorrow's studio session. this new single is going to have a combo of acoustic, strat plus even the new baritone tele!

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Matt Katsis
April 7, 2014 at 12:28 pm

Matt Katsis shared Jaju Choir's event.

There's a few great gigs coming up this month and next. Put this one in your diary for Thursday May 1st, will be a big night of original reggae music! Join the Event here -

Matt Katsis
Facebook IconApril 6, 2014 at 1:59 pm

Special mention to Jeffo for his crazy djembe skills at the grind n groove last night! This arvo playing a couple sets at lucky coq, chapel st - 4pm til 6pm

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Matt Katsis
Facebook IconApril 5, 2014 at 12:12 pm

Thanks to the folks at Yarra Grand Hotel for making it along to last nights gig. Tonight for the very first time i'll be introducing this little musical gem to a couple songs at the Grind n Groove, Healesville. Well.. I hope to make it as musical as possible! all getting started from 9pm.

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Matt Katsis
Facebook IconApril 1, 2014 at 11:44 am

Almost forgot we had tickets to see these guys tonight at the Palais Theatre, always nice when one of your fav muso dude crushes comes to town. Although I must say we have grown a little apart over the past few years... but that could just be the whole zombie thing

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Matt Katsis
Facebook IconMarch 30, 2014 at 2:03 pm

Yep what a day, playing a Sunday session at The Bay Mordialloc this arvo between 5:30pm and 9pm

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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.

 Jeff Crocker (left), Matt Katsis (middle), Lenny Boyd (right)*  -  Photo Credit: Luke Mitrousis

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!

  • Globe to Globe World Music Festival (2004)
  • Frankston Sea Festival (2006)
  • The Basin Music Festival (2006, 2007, 2008)
  • Queenscliff Music Festival (2007)
  • Mordialloc fine food, wine and music festival (2009)
  • Blues on Broadbeach (2009)
  • Blueprint Festival (2009)
  • Moomba Festival (2010)
  • Kingston Harvest Festival (2010)
  • Frankston Waterfront Festival (2012)
  • Mordialloc by the bay fine food, wine and music festival (2012)
  • The Basin Music Festival (2012)
  • Blues on Broadbeach (2012)
  • Globe to Globe World Music Festival (2013)
  • Boolarra Folk Festival (2013)
  • World Easter Music Festival (2013)

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