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Matt Katsis
September 14, 2014 at 1:49 pm

After last nights van breakdown, not making it to the gig and having to get towed over 100 km's happy to know that today's gig is just a hop, skip and a jump away - The Bay Mordialloc in the new beer garden 4pm - 6pm solo!

Matt Katsis
Facebook IconSeptember 13, 2014 at 9:09 pm

So this happened.. sorry we won't be making it out to deans marsh gig tonight. Will re schedule and hope to make it back to Martians Cafeand Bar soon. Sadface.

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Matt Katsis
Facebook IconSeptember 13, 2014 at 11:14 am

Scored this yesterday, trash and treasure hey.. now to see if it actually works!

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Matt Katsis
Facebook IconSeptember 12, 2014 at 1:41 pm

Almost forgot i'll be playing at this years Queenscliff Music Festival after getting a bit of love from the festival goers as QMF's favourite busker 2013! Weekend of Nov 29, 30th but more info to come. Heading to Yarra Glen Grand Hotel tonight, playing from 7:30pm.

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Matt Katsis
Facebook IconSeptember 6, 2014 at 6:10 pm

Tonight The India Black and I playing the Grind N Groove, Healesville. Door open 7:30pm. We are on from 9pm til late! $5 on the door. Then it's next Sat 13th at Martians Cafeand Bar, Deans Marsh.

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Matt Katsis
Facebook IconSeptember 5, 2014 at 2:28 pm

MK&TIB Shot the Sheriff at Zion Island

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MK&TIB Shot the Sheriff at Zion Island

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Matt Katsis
Facebook IconSeptember 4, 2014 at 9:07 pm

Soundcheck

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Matt Katsis
Facebook IconSeptember 4, 2014 at 4:46 pm

Zion Island is tonight with a sweet lineup of Melbourne reggae music. We're kicking things off at 9pm. Laundry Bar, Fitzroy. $10 on the door > Thurs Sep 4th

The first Thursday of each month the reggae bands of Melbourne unite with Jesse I to create a festive night of reggae and dub!

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Matt Katsis
Facebook IconSeptember 3, 2014 at 1:52 pm

Super pumped to be playing at the Bendigo Craft Beer Festival in mid November alongside some great aussie artists! All the info over at https://www.facebook.com/bendigocraftbeerfestival

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Bendigo Craft Beer Festival

To buy tickets, head to trybooking.com
http://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=82088

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Matt Katsis
Facebook IconSeptember 1, 2014 at 5:08 pm

The India Black and I gigs are getting started this Thursday night at Laundry Bar, Fitzroy!

The first Thursday of each month the reggae bands of Melbourne unite with Jesse I to create a festive night of reggae and dub. Expect only the best and nothing less at Zion Island!

Here is the event link for all the info -
https://www.facebook.com/events/676294295783030

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Facebook IconSeptember 1, 2014 at 12:12 pm

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Facebook IconAugust 30, 2014 at 1:32 pm

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Get down to Laundry Bar for this reggae feast on Sep 4th. It's bassey and it's louuuuuddddd. One of the first gig's back in Melbourne and i'll be jammin it out with The India Black!

The first Thursday of each month the reggae bands of Melbourne unite with Jesse I to create a festive night of reggae and dub. Expect only the best and nothing less at Zion Island!

https://www.facebook.com/events/676294295783030

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Matt Katsis
Facebook IconAugust 30, 2014 at 1:26 pm

If you're out and about in Melbourne town tomorrow come and check this out! #MSFW

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Matt Katsis
Facebook IconAugust 26, 2014 at 5:09 pm

Get down to Laundry Bar for this reggae feast on Sep 4th. It's bassey and it's louuuuuddddd. One of the first gig's back in Melbourne and i'll be jammin it out with The India Black!

The first Thursday of each month the reggae bands of Melbourne unite with Jesse I to create a festive night of reggae and dub. Expect only the best and nothing less at Zion Island!

https://www.facebook.com/events/676294295783030

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Matt Katsis
Facebook IconAugust 14, 2014 at 4:44 pm

Been back in the studio mixing a couple of the new band tracks today and again tomorrow. The first single release coming in September :) #mattkatsis&theindiablack #reggaerock

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Debut Solo Album Release - Out Now!

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ABOUT

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 will see him performing at the 2014 Festival later this year in November. Now well into 2014 – a Summer tour of 25+ gigs done and dusted (his largest tour to date), muso life is continuing to reveal a big few months ahead.

Earlier in February 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 will see Katsis jet-setting over to Southern Oregon, USA during July for 2 festivals and various venue performances. In the lead up to this, he will be road tripping the south west coast from Los Angeles from mid June. 

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’, 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. 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 played shows around Victoria this Autumn into Winter before heading to USA West Coast Summer. Now back in Melbourne with plans to hit New South Wales, Queensland and Tasmania late this year into 2015 in support of a brand new single set for release in October, stay tuned and we’ll see you on the road!

:: FESTIVALS ::
  • 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)

For general and/or media enquiries contact:

info@mattkatsis.com

Please direct all gig/event enquiries to: 

bookings@mattkatsis.com

     

(Photo Credit: Liz of Visionista Photography )
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