Fresh from a well-received performance at this years Isle of Wight’s BESTIVAL (alongside headliners Elton John, Snoop Dogg and MIA) and a UK tour in September, and ambitious new single “Hipster Kids”, Kato is definitely one to keep an eye on… At the age of 23, The Canadian songwriter relocated himself to the beaches of Byron Bay, Australia. There Kato began performing at local cafes and bars throughout the town along side drummer Ben Livermore. A few months later the duo was spotted by platinum recording artist Pete Murray. Murray introduced Kato to engineer and producer Anthony Lycenko and they began work on his first Australian release “LOVE. MURDER. SONGS.”
2012 was an exciting year for Kato… celebrating the release “LOVE. MURDER. SONGS.” EP, Kato toured the east coast of Australia and western Canada independently. Also scoring an opening slot for folk icon Jack Johnson at the Byron Bay international Film Festival, in that same year Kato performed at the 2012 Splendour in the Grass along side Jack White, The Kooks and Bloc Party. “Hipster Kids” – recorded in Kato’s home studio – is a far cry from pervious folk releases. A haunting yet grungy vocal appears reverberating through a thickness of bass and spacious beats. With it’s dark and satirical lyric themes, “Hipster Kids” questions an over grown suburban pop culture in mesmerising simplicity. The new single highlights Kato’s songwriting versatility and marks the evolution of his sound.