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Matt Katsis
Facebook IconJanuary 25, 2015 at 9:50 am

interview about life as a busker in Melbourne town this morning, now playing a couple hours on bourke then it's on to Captain Picknics rum bar in Rye from 5 til late!!

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Matt Katsis
Facebook IconJanuary 23, 2015 at 6:27 pm

Rainbow after a 4 hour drive! now to setup and play some music!

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Matt Katsis
Facebook IconJanuary 23, 2015 at 2:33 pm

this time last year I was halfway into my simmerdown sundown tour, from this weekend on am delighted to be hitting up some of my favourite venues & festivals for solo shows in the months ahead. Here are the dates!

JAN 23/ Waterwheel Beach Tavern, Lake Tyers Beach
JAN 25/ Captain Picknics Rum Bar, Rye
FEB 1/ Soundbar, Rosebud
FEB 7/ Martians Cafeand Bar, Deans Marsh
FEB 8/ Mornington Peninsula Brewery
FEB 14/ Bruthen Blues & Arts Festival
FEB 15/ Waterwheel Beach Tavern, Lake Tyers Beach
FEB 28/ Boolarra Folk Festival
MARCH 1/ Lucky Coq & Bimbo Deluxe, Windsor
MARCH 20/ Oscar's Alehouse, Belgrave
MARCH 21/ The Basin Music Festival
MARCH 21/ The Mordy Supper Club, Mordialloc
MARCH 28/ Bendigo Craft Beer Festival

hope you've had an illustrious start to 2015, see you somewhere along the way!!

full info at

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Matt Katsis
Facebook IconDecember 24, 2014 at 2:29 pm

Last gig for the year! playing a solo support for the Adelaide based Funk/AfroSoul/Reggae, Local Revolution. - - Tuesday 30th from 9pm - - Bar Open, Fitzroy - - Have a very merry christmas and see ya in the new year!

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Facebook IconDecember 13, 2014 at 2:41 pm

Solo sets tonight at this joint! The Mordy Supper Club mordialloc playing 8-11. Come simmerdown after sundown..still few fun gigs coming up to see out the year -

Thurs 18th - Veludo Bar & Restaurant. St Kilda (the india black)
Sat 20th - World Restaurant and Bar, on the yarra. (the India black)
Tues 30th - Bar Open, fitzroy (solo)

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Matt Katsis
Facebook IconDecember 2, 2014 at 3:56 pm

Awesome weekend past playing Queenscliff Festival, thanks to everyone who came for a listen! Queen Victoria Night Food Markets tomorrow night (wednesday 3rd) on the Peel St Stage playing 3 big sets between 6pm til 10pm!!

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A relentless work/show-ethic has seen the Melbourne born and raised singer, songwriter and guitarist, MATT KATSIS take on the Australian market with the ease and quality that parallel’s his music.

From an early age, exposure to family friends playing the acoustic guitar at numerous gatherings turned out to plant 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 artist, Katsis continues to pave the way of his own music career, connecting with audiences near and far.  

The tail end of 2013 saw Katsis taking out the title as Queenscliff Music Festivals favourite Busker voted by the festival goers, which saw him performing at the 2014 Festival last November. Now looking into 2015- muso life is continuing to reveal a big few months ahead with a collection of  solo shows announced for the Summer. 

In February of last year Katsis 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. 

His ‘one man band’ approach to solo performances has seen Katsis’ sound take direction and refuge in Blues/Roots and folk music.  With a raw vocal, chic 6 & 12 string acoustic guitar, a thumping stomp box and an array of effect pedals 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 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’, Queenscliff Music Festival, Kingston’s ‘Globe-to-Globe World Music Festival’, The Bruthen Blues & Arts 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 released three records which all demonstrate his unique aesthetic which has seen him lucky enough to work alongside some talented sound engineers in various studios around Melbourne and surrounds.  

His band - The India Black, released their debut EP in 2012, titled ‘Recoil’The India Black is a Reggae/Progressive Rock crossover with Jeff Crocker (Drums), Lenny Boyd (Bass) and Katsis (Vocals and Guitars.)

 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. A follow up EP is due for release later in the year.

 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 and a follow up Summer 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 street performance to be “the perfect mix amongst promoting my original music and has really boosted the overall awareness from a grassroots level as it’s 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 played shows around Victoria last Autumn into Winter before heading to USA West Coast Summer for a string of shows in Oregon. Now back in Melbourne to see out what had been a been a huge 2014, you can catch the newly listed solo shows set for early 2015. 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)
  • Blueprint Festival (2009)
  • Moomba Festival (2010)
  • Kingston Harvest Festival (2010)
  • Frankston Waterfront Festival (2012)
  • Mordialloc by the bay Festival (2009, 2012)
  • The Basin Music Festival (2012, 2013, 2014)
  • Blues on Broadbeach (2009, 2012)
  • Globe to Globe World Music Festival (2013)
  • Boolarra Folk Festival (2013)
  • World Easter Music Festival (2013, 2014)
  • Bruthen Blues & Arts Festival (2014)
  • Bendigo Craft Beer Festival (2014)
  • Queenscliff Music Festival (2014)

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