Matt Katsis launched his most recent EP, ‘The Burke & Wills Sessions’, earlier this year at the iconic Federation Square, in Melbourne, Australia. The EP was met with great acclaim, and as a result, Matt is set to release a second EP in 2017, the first track of which, ‘Need You Here’, was released on November 7.
Matt’s just completed a tour of New Zealand, and is now touring his new single, travelling around Australia in his trusty 1985 Toyota Hiace Campervan, which he calls ‘Sunny’. Covering most of Victoria and taking in some of Queensland, he will see in 2017 at the Tanglewood Music and Arts Festival, at Thornton in Victoria.
Matt spent some time in the US, including Nashville, which has certainly affected his music, with its Americana/Alt Country influences. His track, ‘Need You Here’, is a rollicking tune accompanied by a video featuring footage of Matt’s travels through California, Arizona and Utah, back in 2014. The video was edited by Graeme Passmore, and also shows Matt playing his guitar, in the Byron Bay area.
Matt says of the track,
“The bare bones of the song and lyrics came about in reflection; it’s about wising up as we get older having that special someone by your side through thick and thin to share life’s experiences.”
Matt’s live performances are characterised by his raw vocals and talent with the acoustic guitar. He takes a one-man band approach to his performances, and incorporates the use of stomp box, tambourine, and loop layers created on the fly.
You can see Matt performing live at the following on his ‘Need You Here’ Single Tour of Queensland and Victoria:
November 13 – Yarragon Hotel, Yarragon, Victoria
Novemer 17 – Room 10, Mornington Hotel, Mornington, Victoria
November 18 – San Antone, Crown, Melbourne, Victoria
November 19 – Emu Plains Market, Balnarring, Victoria
November 25 – American Hotel, Echuca, Victoria
November 26 – Billyroy’s Blues Bar, Bendigo, Victoria
November 27 – Mornington Penninsula Brewery, Mornington, Victoria
December 2 – Imbil Hotel, Imbil, Queensland
December 3 – New Moon Doo, Anderleigh, Queensland
December 4 – Rainbow Beach Hotel, Rainbow Beach, Queensland
December 17 – Emu Plains Market, Balnarring, Victoria
December 19 – A Day Out At Mossvale, Mossvale Park, Victoria
December 31 – Tanglewood Music and Arts Festival, Thornton, Victoria