“This one is just a straight up good time! Kooks, San Cisco sorta vibes that'll have you moving no matter where you are”.
Dave Ruby Howe (Triple J)
"Ever the sonic chameleon, he's proven time and time again that he can't be pinned to just one genre and only continues to grow, surprise and impress."
Hayden Mills, Live Wire
Fresh indie tunes with catchy pop hooks are the signature style of emerging Brisbane artist Katanak. Known for his infectious indie rock/pop groove-inducing earworms that fans of The 1975, The Wombats and Sam Fender will appreciate, Katanak brings colour to your world. Fresh off playing Brisbane Festival, and collaborating with some of Australia's most highly respected emerging and established artists (Quan Yeomans (Regurgitator) and Pete Murray to name a few), Katanak comfortably straddles genre’s grey-area of rock & pop, adding colour to your musical palette. Don’t try to define him or his genre, as he firmly believes that the only thing that matters is whether a song is good and casts aside rigid genre labels.
In 2023, Katanak's star continues to rise. He embarked on a tour of Queensland, taking his music to eager ears across the region. Notably, he rocked the stages of the Cairns Festival and the Rockhampton River Festival, sharing the spotlight with The Delta Riggs. Adding to this growing list of live performances, Katanak supported Pete Murray and secured the prestigious halftime slot at the FIFA Fan Festival during the Matilda's electrifying game against France for the FIFA Womens Football World Cup.
That's just the first half of the year! Currently recording his debut EP with Aidan Hogg (Jaguar Jonze, Hope D), this EP promises to showcase his constantly evolving musical style, capturing the essence of his artistic growth and experimentation.
To date his music has been played on major stations Triple J Unearthed, Double J Radio, ABC Radio, BBC Introducing Radio Solent (UK), BBC Radio nan Gaidheal (Scotland), Amazing Radio (both UK & US), OZ Now Radio and 4ZZZ with Sunday’s video clip added to rotation on MTV Upload across Australia and New Zealand. Gathering praise from Music is My Muse, Happy Mag, LivewireAU and Good Call Live, Katanak is establishing himself as an exciting indie newcomer.
With music “oozing the charm of a 90s boy band dipped in a delicious sugar-pop sound” (Music is my Muse), the young musician shows no sign of slowing down any time soon!
Awards | Festival Slots | Collaborations
• Semi-finalist Unsigned Only Music Competition 2023
• Finalist International UK Songwriting competition 2022
• Semi-finalist International Songwriting competition 2020, 2021, 2022
• Semi-finalist UK Songwriting competition 2022, 2021
• QUBE Effect 2020 – The People’s Choice
Festival / Support Slots
• Cairns Festival 2023
• Rockhampton River Festival 2023 - Read the Interview here
• FIFA Fan Festival 2023
• Pete Murray - Greatest Hits Tour w/- Marlon & Katanak
• Chill Out Fest - Caloundra
• Brisbane Festival playing on the BOQ Gardens Festival Stage.
• NRL Grand final fan fest supporting Sheppard in King George Square, Brisbane – Oct 2021
• Opening support for Pete Murray’s PM3 summer sessions (January 2019) for Gold Coast & Kingscliff leg of tour.
• Micro Festival at Lefty’s Music Hall supporting High Tropics with 10 other bands
• Micro festival at Solbar, Maroochydore
• Valley Fiesta – 2017
• Teneriffe Festival 2018
• Morningside Festival 2018
• Redfest 2018
Matt Collins (Wharves)/Emma Bosworth - Chosen by Airlock studios to participate in an emerging and Mid-career songwriting co-writing skills opportunity.
Harry J Hart
Played Cairns Festival
Played FIFA Fan Fest - Southbank Parklands
First support for Pete Murray - Fortitude Music Hall
Played Rockhampton River Festival
Semi-finalist Unsigned Only Music Comp
'Lights of Tokyo' Queensland tour
'Lights of Tokyo' released 3/5/23
'Lights of Tokyo' debuts at No. 9 on the AMRAP charts
Finalist UK Songwriting Competition 2022
Played the role of Jerry Scheff in the BAZ Luhrmann movie ELVIS.
Queensland Regional Tour
Released 'Weigh Down'
Sunday gained the #24 spot in the 4ZZZ Hot 100 2021 Countdown
Semi-finalist UK Songwriting competition 2021 with Pinch Grip.
NRL Grand Final Fan Fest in King George Square, Brisbane. Played before Sheppard's set.
Released 'Pinch Grip'
'Sunday's video chosen for MTV upload and is on rotation in Australia & New Zealand.
Triple J Unearthed - 'Valentine' played on Unearthed Radio
BBC Music Introducing - Given a spin on Radio Solent & Rapal
Released 'Sunday (feat. Koolz)'
Media Coverage in The Courier Mail dated 3rd July 2020.
Announced as Never Enough Music Indie artist of the Month
Spins in Australia on 4zzz, 2RRR, Fbi, Triple R, SYN, 2SER, 89.3FM 2GLF, 96.5 Inner FM, Radio Adelaide, Bay FM, Aussie Music Weekly
Spins on international internet radio programs in UK, US, Ireland & Germany
Released third single ‘Take Us Back’.
Semi-finalist International Songwriting Competition 2020
Added to Spotify Playlist Fresh Finds: Poptronix
Announced as one of 24 Brisbane artists in the QUBE Effect 2020
Released ‘Life’ first single under Katanak