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Matt Katsis
Facebook IconJune 30, 2015 at 9:28 am

Matt Katsis at Macedon Ranges

Chilly morning on the road to the final mixing session of the EP at Ghost Oak Studios. There's been new additions to some tracks with mandolin electric slide guitars and upright bass, didn't have these planned in the beginning but I can tell you that I am really excited about how it's shaped up and look forward to sharing some new music soon

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Matt Katsis
Facebook IconJune 18, 2015 at 5:17 pm

Matt Katsis feeling excited

heading back over next month for USA roadtrip number 2! This time we'll be traveling the Deep South, cannot wait!!

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Matt Katsis
Facebook IconJune 11, 2015 at 10:55 am

Matt Katsis feeling excited

A little something something from my new EP coming soon #countryvibes #newsong #slide #folk #blues #inthestudio #mixingsession #mattkatsis

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Facebook IconMay 9, 2015 at 10:51 am

Matt Katsis at Bourke Street Mall

Early start to the day back in the mall after a few weeks working on the new EP!

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Matt Katsis
Facebook IconApril 21, 2015 at 3:59 pm

Big thanks to everyone who has been throwing those virtual dollars my way through Feeling The Street! Voting is still open for another 28 days and if you have no idea what the hell I'm talking about follow the link because just by signing up and voting you go into the draw to be 1 of 6 who get the chance to go on the trip!
#feelingthestreet #bourkestmallbuskers #melbourne #realmelbourne #streetperformance #busking #buskerlife #melbournelivemusicscene #bluesmusic

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Matt Katsis - Feeling the Street

Melbourne born and raised singer/songwriter/guitarist... Australian Independent Blues & Roots/Folk Musician with 3 releases to date through own self managed label 'Groundsel Records'. The most recent release - debut solo album, 'Bare Bones'. Over the past year and a half it alone has brought the ori…

Matt Katsis
Facebook IconApril 11, 2015 at 9:58 am

Matt Katsis added 5 new photos — in Castlemaine, Victoria.

21 gigs, 4 festivals & 16 street jams since January road testing some new music, felt it was about time to record a new EP! On Thursday drove out to country VIC, we hired an old hall and recorded some tracks live with the rhythm section and yesterday I put down some solo songs!Mixing starts today!

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Facebook IconApril 1, 2015 at 2:37 pm

A couple months back while busking along Bourke st mall one of my songs was filmed for an initiative called FEELING THE STREET. In short a small team has traversed the globe documenting 200 street performers. 6 buskers will be chosen (one from each different category) who will win an all expenses paid trip to New Zealand, roadtripping playing gigs and a festival spot. This is where you guys come in!

Voting is by the general public, if you could help out that'd be awesome! here’s a rundown - log in via facebook and receive 100 virtual dollars to spend on your favourite busker or buskers (hoping you kind folks will have chosen me!) Select the amount you’d like to give and it’s as easy as that.

Just follow the link, and by signing up and voting you go into the draw to be 1 of 6 who get the chance to go on the trip aswell, that ain’t bad!!

FYI the site is easier to navigate through via iphone, ipad tablet etc
#feelingthestreet #bourkestmall #melbourne #streetperformance #busking #buskerlife #melbournelivemusicscene

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Matt Katsis - Feeling the Street

Melbourne born and raised singer/songwriter/guitarist... Australian Independent Blues & Roots/Folk Musician with 3 releases to date through own self managed label 'Groundsel Records'. The most recent release - debut solo album, 'Bare Bones'. Over the past year and a half it alone has brought the ori…

Matt Katsis
Facebook IconMarch 28, 2015 at 9:57 am

Bendigo Craft Beer Festival today. Great to be playing this one again! 1pm til 2pm set. playing alongside bands Calling All Cars, White Summer, Grim Fawkner & Talisa Jobe (TJ). Nice! Pic from last years festival thanks to the festival crew.

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Matt Katsis
Facebook IconMarch 22, 2015 at 12:28 pm

Matt Katsis at Republica St Kilda Beach

A snap from The Basin Music Festival yesterday and doesn't end there, playing Republica St Kilda Beach 2 til 5 this arvo, at the moment listening to the sweet sweet sounds Simon Phillips!

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Matt Katsis
Facebook IconMarch 21, 2015 at 6:17 pm

Playing from 8 til 11 tonight

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Matt Katsis
Facebook IconMarch 20, 2015 at 4:28 pm

the weekend's arrived and the weather's definitely turning it on for us! Playing Oscar's Alehouse in Belgrave tonight from 9:30pm.

The Basin Music Festival Saturday 1:15pm one set (outdoor main stage) a great community run festival, this will be the 7th time playing it!

Sat night over to The Mordy Supper Club, Mordialloc from 8pm!

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Matt Katsis
March 14, 2015 at 6:33 pm

Matt Katsis in Healesville, Victoria

been having a blast playing around VIC since early january and tonight i'll be back in Healesville for a couple sets at the Grind N Groove. Great little venue! Doors are from 8pm, kick off around 9/9:30 if you happen to be in the nearby area!

MARCH 20/ Oscar's Alehouse, Belgrave
MARCH 21/ The Basin Music Festival (main outdoor stage 1pm)
MARCH 21/ The Mordy Supper Club, Mordialloc
MARCH 28/ Bendigo Craft Beer Festival
MARCH 29/ Mornington Peninsula Brewery

#healesville #grindngroove #yarravalleylivemusic

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Facebook IconMarch 12, 2015 at 3:04 pm

Matt Katsis feeling blessed

Made it to 1000 page likes!! Whether you've seen me playing on the streets of Melbourne town or in venues & festivals across this land of oz your support is sincerely appreciated and I'm looking forward to sharing new music with you over the year ahead! #milestone

Thanks Glenn Martin Photos for this snap along Bourke st mall last week.

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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. Arrived back in Melbourne and hit the ground running with a bunch of shows throughout spring including performances at the Queenscliff Music Festival and Bendigo Craft Beer Festival, which capped off a huge 2014.

Most recently he is over half way into solo shows which kicked off from mid January into late March with a string of 15+ dates right across Victoria including some festivals, the Bruthen Blues & Arts Festival and Boolarra Folk Festival. 

You can catch the newly listed solo gigs set for 2015 in the shows section. Stay tuned by signing up to the mailing list for the latest news 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, 2015)
  • Blues on Broadbeach (2009, 2012)
  • Globe to Globe World Music Festival (2013)
  • Boolarra Folk Festival (2013, 2015)
  • World Easter Music Festival (2013, 2014)
  • Bruthen Blues & Arts Festival (2014, 2015)
  • Bendigo Craft Beer Festival (2014, 2015)
  • Queenscliff Music Festival (2014)

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