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After the successful release of his Blues inspired EP - ‘The Burke & Wills Sessions’, recorded in regional Victoria and launched at Melbourne’s iconic Federation Square early last year, 2016 kicked off strong for Melbourne Bluesman & Folk Balladeer, Matt Katsis and there's no sign of slowing the pace for the Singer/Songwriter & Guitarist in 2017.

Katsis’ rendition of a J.J Cale classic - ‘Call Me The Breeze’ received much attention when it was added to iTunes Music’s ‘A-List Blues’ – a playlist featuring the hottest tracks from across the genre’, when it clocked up over one-hundred and twenty thousand plays in it's first few weeks as it continued to reach a listenership largely across the US, UK, Canada & Australian audiences.

Festival line-ups alongside the likes of Australian guitar legends Diesel & Ian Moss at Groundswell Festival and performances at the Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival continued to set the tone amongst an ever evolving schedule of in-venue shows.

Having toured extensively last year throughout Victoria & Queensland in support the first listen to his newest collection of musical offerings – the Americana/Alt.Country influenced single tour for Need You Here’, Matt soon hit the road again in his trusty Mid 80’s Toyota Campervan (endearingly named ‘Sunny’) for a 20-date run of summer shows right across his home state earlier this year as he stopped into familiar regional and coastal towns along his travels.

In May, Matt released the second track/film clip ‘Colours’ in anticipation of the new collection of tracks scheduled for his mid-late 2017 EP release titled ‘As The River Runs’. A tour in support of the new EP is also planned to coincide.

Matt says,
“My new single Colours is about striking up a balance between work and play, just seeking to find that sense of balance and getting it just right ..working hard performing and playing music, writing/recording new songs, booking shows.. all the while continuing to take in as much of the great outdoors and the world that surrounds us but can so easily seem to escape us, keeping in tune with this place and the beauty around us!”

As a regular to Melbourne’s Bourke Street Mall’s busking scene, Matt continues to set the rhythm of the city with his raw vocal and command of the acoustic guitar, which shines through on the street and onto the live stage. Matched with a one-man-band approach to his performances through the use of percussive elements of the guitar, stomp box, tambourine and creating loop layers – these together have become the cornerstone of Matt's live blend of Blues, Roots & Folk stirred music.   

The infectious and hypnotic grooves offered up by Drummer/Percussionist and fellow Melbournian Simon Wood has been a fresh and exciting addition to the live shows in recent times. As a dynamic duo, they are proving to be met with a warm welcome from audiences near and far, whether it’s on the big stage or on the street corner – their adjoined forces paint the light and shade of the musical landscapes they continue to explore through song form and off the cuff impromptu jams.  

Playing well over 100 in-venue shows a year for the past 3 years alongside numerous street performance appearances, Matt has steadily taken to a number of Australian stages, festival line-ups and iconic venues around the country including Blues on Broadbeach (QLD), Bendigo Blues & Roots Festival (VIC), Bruthen Blues Festival (VIC), White Night Melbourne, Swagger Music Festival (VIC) to name a few and by festival audiences vote, he took out the title of ‘Queenscliff Music Festivals Favourite Busker’ which saw him secure a program spot for the following festival.

Matt headed to the US for a string of shows in Oregon in 2014 after receiving first place in Bruthen Blues & Art’s Festivals International Musicians Challenge, and in 2015 he embarked on a search for creative inspiration through Nashville, Memphis, New Orleans and the Mississippi Delta.

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Check out Matt’s recent interview & mini documentary by RESFILMS titled ‘A Brief Background’, which takes a look back to where a life in music begunfrom early beginnings to recent years as a busker/street performer in Melbourne and the affinity toward the acoustic guitar, a partnership still going strong almost 2 decades on since that very first guitar lesson.