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Australian indie rock musician Katanak and his band mates, drummer and bassist.

 “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

Indie rock, modern rock musician Katanak

Bio

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 touring 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.

 

In 2023, Katanak embarked on his second tour of Queensland, taking his music across the region. Notably, he rocked the stages of the Cairns Festival and 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. 

With a spot on the Agnes Blues, Roots & Rock festival secured for the start of 2024, Katanak says don’t try to define him or his genre, as he firmly believes it’s all about a good song.

 

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

Awards

• Finalist USA Songwriting Competition 2023 - Rock/Alternative

 

• Semi-finalist Unsigned Only Music Competition 2023


• Finalist International UK Songwriting competition 2022


• Semi-finalist International Songwriting competition 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023


• Semi-finalist UK Songwriting competition 2022, 2021

• QUBE Effect 2020 – The People’s Choice

Festival / Support Slots

** Coming up - Agnes Blues, Roots & Rock Festival - Feb 2024

• 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

Collaborations

Pete Murray

Keir Nuttal

Quan Yeomans

Koolz

Matt Collins (Wharves)/Emma Bosworth - Chosen by Airlock studios to participate in an emerging and Mid-career songwriting co-writing skills opportunity.

Aspy Jones

Harry J Hart

Career Highlights

Career Highlights

 

September 2023

  • Played Cairns Festival​​

July 2023

  • 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

May 2023

  • 'Lights of Tokyo' released 3/5/23

  • 'Lights of Tokyo' debuts at No. 9 on the AMRAP charts

Jan 2023

June 2022

  • Played the role of Jerry Scheff in the BAZ Luhrmann movie ELVIS.

 

Apr/May 2022 

  • Queensland Regional Tour

  • Released 'Weigh Down'

 

Mar 2022

Jan 2022

 

Oct 2021

  • NRL Grand Final Fan Fest in King George Square, Brisbane. Played before Sheppard's set.

September 2021

  • Released 'Pinch Grip' 

July 2021

  • 'Sunday's video chosen for MTV upload and is on rotation in Australia & New Zealand.

June 2021

May 2021

Feb 2021

 

July 2020

May 2020

  • 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

April 2020

March 2020

February 2020

  • Released ‘Astronomy’.

  • Added to Spotify Playlist Fresh Finds: Poptronix

  • Announced as one of 24 Brisbane artists in the QUBE Effect 2020

 

September 2019

  • Released ‘Life’ first single under Katanak

2019

Lights of Tokyo

I'm standing outside of a bar,

Halfway around the world.

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