Canadian-born, Australia-based singer-songwriter Garrett Kato showed up in Byron Bay 9 years ago with nothing but a bag of clothes, a backpack, and a guitar after quitting his day job on a whim.
After busking on street corners and performing five gigs a week in any place he could find, the tireless grind paid off and Garrett was soon touring with some of Australia’s biggest artists, landing a publishing deal with Sony/ATV, having his songs synced with box office hits in the US, running his own recording studio and signing a label deal with NETTWERK.
With over 20 million worldwide streams on Spotify to date, playing sold out shows with Damien Rice, producing for a string of Australian indie folk acts like Ziggy Alberts, Kyle Lionheart, Pierce Brothers and Riley Pearce; Garrett is looking ahead to a big year of touring and releasing a stunning collection of new music.
“Take it like a strange journey,” says Garrett. “The decisions I’ve made in my life, for better or worse, haven’t necessarily been conventional to society. It was good though. I’d love for people to know it’s possible to show up somewhere new with nothing but a bag of clothes, a backpack, and a guitar and end up with a life you love. That’s my story.”
As a kid, Riley Pearce accidentally learnt guitar left handed while mirroring his idols on TV. From humble beginnings busking at farmers markets and playing open mic nights in Perth, alt-folk artist Riley Pearce is now selling out shows across Australia, winning awards and touring internationally.
Breakout single ‘Brave’ has clocked up over 18 million plays on Spotify alone, making it clear that his reflective songwriting and chilled-out coastal vibes resonates with more than just folk music lovers.
Riley has supported artists such as LifeHouse, Lord Huron, Tash Sultana, Lucy Rose, and Kim Churchill. He won the WA Music Folk Song of the Year Award in 2017, had his music featured on US TV shows Shameless and Shadowhunters, has signed to Free Trade Agency in London and sold out headline shows across Australia.
Riley’s brand-new song ‘Windmill’ is out now, off his forthcoming EP ‘The Landing Songs’ due out April 26.