The seed was planted for Matt through family friends playing the acoustic guitar at family gatherings, and following those early years Matt Katsis has since emerged into an alternative singer-songwriter & guitarist with an individual edge.
After extensively touring over the past couple of years, Katsis shows no signs of slowing. Featuring a live sound with a “one-man-band” approach through use of percussive elements of the acoustic guitar, stompbox, tambourine and creating loop layers, this has seen Matt take to audiences far and wide with the ease and merit that parallel’s his music. Most recently he finished a 17-date Victorian Summer tour, which followed on from an 18-date National EP launch tour previously in late 2017 with shows in WA, ACT, SA, QLD and his home state of Victoria.
His newest 6-track EP release ‘As The River Runs’ encompasses his distinctive fusion of folk, blues and roots and hints at influences of alternative country and Americana.
Inspired by his travels through North America’s West and the deep South, the recording process for As The River Runs was a lengthy one at that, but necessary to achieve the sounds imagined by Matt. After the initial live recordings that took place in a small church in the goldfields area of Victoria, the remainder of the EP overdubs were performed and recorded by Matt himself using just one condenser microphone.
When asked about his new release, Matt explains;
“This EP as a whole has pushed me further as a songwriter, which led me to cross new territory through a wider use of instrumentation and in particular led to me take a closer look into song form and arrangement.”
A bluesman at heart and avid wanderer reflecting troubadour tradition, albeit delicate folk ballads to foot stomping slide guitar driven down-home blues swagger - stay tuned for new single releases and much more ahead in 2018.
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Watch mini-documentary/interview by RESFILMS | Matt Katsis - ‘A Brief Background’.
The mini-doco takes a look back to where a life in music first begun for Matt. From the early beginnings, busking & performing in Melbourne + the affinity toward the acoustic guitar, a partnership still going strong two decades on since he set his sights on that 6-string acoustic guitar.
| FESTIVALS |
Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival | Blues on Broadbeach | Queenscliff Music Festival | Bruthen Blues & Arts Festival | Melbourne Moomba Festival | White Night Melbourne | White Night Ballarat | The Basin Music Festival | Globe 2 Globe World Music Festival | Groundswell Festival | Mordialloc by the Bay Festival | Kingston Harvest Festival | Frankston Waterfront Festival | Blueprint Festival | Montalto Awakening Festival | Mt. Eliza Music Festival | Boolarra Folk Festival | Swagger Music Festival | Tanglewood Festival | Tooberac Blues & Roots Music Festival | Benalla Wall-to-Wall Festival | Bendigo Craft Beer & Cider Festival | Nightjar Festival Torquay
“Matt Katsis takes a distinctly modern take on his combination of blues and folk. Songs are imbued with a heartfelt gravity anchored by his warm and cathartic baritone.”
- Overblown Magazine (UK & Ireland)
“As The River Runs is a warm soothing EP brimming with passionate graceful tracks that warm the cockles of your heart. Pure, honest and charming - each track flows smoothly into the next while displaying subtle variety’s in Katsis’ musicianship and depth."
- Indie Buddie (online publication)
"The highlight of the EP is track ‘All I Wanna Do Is Fly,’ which enters with a sombre and low-key droning that effortlessly pulls you into its narrative, before it transitions into a robust rhythm that really encapsulates Matt Katsis’ ability to craft country and folk soundscapes that would no doubt appeal to any music fan with an open mind."
- Forte Magazine (EP Review - Josh Dowling)
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| First Place | Queenscliff Music Festival Favourite Busker, 2013 (VIC)
| First Place | Warracknabeal 'Y Fest' Busking Competition, 2014 (VIC)
| First Place | Bruthen Blues & Art’s Festival International Musicians Challenge (USA Tour – Oregon, 2015)
| Finalist | Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society’s (MBAS) Blues performer of the year (solo/duo category, 2016)
| Semi-finalist | Byron Bay Bluesfest Busking Competition, 2016 (NSW)
| Top 10 AMRAP Regional Charts | #10 (Australian Music Radio Airplay Project) for his song “Need You Here”, 2017