as far as I can see, this is the one and only live clip from one of the US gigs in Oregon back in July. thinking we got caught up sipping those Sierra Nevada IPA's instead of documenting some more foot stomping tunes. Time's flown since! Looking forward to Odyssey Tavern & Brewery Friday and Queenscliff Music Festival Sat and Sun!
Gearing up for tonight's gig with the band at Soundbar in Rosebud!
Back home on Australian soil and a great weekend past playing the Bendigo Craft Beer Festival. This weekend I'll be jumping in the van heading to the Mornington Peninsula playing with the India Black at Soundbar, Rosebud Saturday Night! Then it's over to The Cups Estate, Rye for solo sunday sets from 12.30pm
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Back in Melbourne and already heading out of the city for the Bendigo Craft Beer Festival! I'll be playing an afternoon set today alongside some wicked bands Jackson Firebird, Jackson McLaren, Woodlock Music and The Kite Machine. Should be a cracker!
Love this photo from yesterday visiting the ancient city once the capital of Thailand for over 400 years
Beach hut bar blasting Bob Marley & the wailers tunes and the sea just footsteps away..doesn't get much better than this
The band and I will be jamming out 3 big sets at Veludo Bar & Restaurant. St Kilda tonight (thurs 23rd) 8pm til late then it's off to Thailand for a couple weeks! Life's good!! Thanks to Sam at Jovian Projects for this snap.
Sunny is back in action!! getting an early start to the weekend out in east gippsland. Will be playing The Waterwheel Beach Tavern, Lake Tyers this Sat night with the band and Sunday arvo solo sets! Took this photo around this time last year in Tassie, can't wait to get back over there in the new year!
Tonight I'll be playing in the MBAS Blues Challenge with the band. Going to be a huge night of blues music with 4 bands each playing a set each. All happening at the Royal Standard Hotel, West Melbourne from 7:30pm!
Just a little excited for this one!! Thanks so much to everyone who gave me the opportunity to play at this years festival by voting for me as Queenscliff Music Festival favourite busker last year. What a lineup!
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.
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!
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