A Dosage of ‘Medicine Music’ Courtesy of MattKatt
Heart and Soul tv & Radio had the unique opportunity of chatting with the amazing duo of
MattKatt recently and they were more than glad to open up about their journey in the industry so
far, a dosage of what they termed ‘Medicine Music’ and what they had in store for the
Below is how the wonderful exchange went………
During your appearance on HStv’s ‘Bubbling Under’ you mentioned that a tour was in the
works, would you mind sharing with us more details on that?
A tour, yes! We are so psyched! We have about 13 events lined up so far in South Africa during
December and Jan, with more coming in. We will go through JHB to Durban than through the
South Coast, Wild Coast, and Garden Route gigging among the way to this amazing festival
called learning clan, then jam in Cape Town for a bit. We aren’t sure what the future holds from
there, but we are open to some big magic!
You have a distinct sound, to say the least. Is there any particular genre that you feel
your type of music falls under?
Our flow changes a lot depending on our audience… for our more mainstream gigs, we label as
“World Fusion” since we blend so many styles, languages, and instruments. But at its deepest
form, our music is called “Medicine Music,” because it is all about healing and inspiration.
Your debut CD dropped a few months back. Would you mind giving us an idea of how the
response from the market has been like thus far?
Yeah, the response was ok… not as great as we were aiming for, but honestly, the album wasn’t
a true representation of what magic we can create live. It was a bit more slow, rehearsed and
calculated than our true essence. The sounds are beautiful and we love the feeling, but our next
album is definitely more upbeat and recorded more with a live feeling.
You have had quite the journey so far, are there any standout moments that you’d like to
share with us?
Wow, there are so many! In the US, we played at a really amazing plant medicine church for
their all-night ceremonies and lived full time as a family in our RV, so that was pretty cool. Also
on our trip to SA earlier this year, we played the backpackers route and were really well
received and had a ton on fun, even with the difficulties of traveling that far with young children.
You not only sing and play instruments, but you make those same instruments as well,
would you mind giving us an idea of how all that started?
So, it started with the didgeridoo… I kind of just realized how simple it was and gave it a try!
Then I started playing with flutes, which I haven’t mastered yet, and of course little shakers for
the kids at the schools we work with.
I am a multi-instrumentalist and love learning new instruments. So far, I play the guitar, ukulele,
didgeridoo, different types of flutes, percussion, and of course, I sing. As for making
instruments, I mainly just make didgeridoos, but I know I will learn more in the future, especially
the drum, which our drummer, Tony, makes. Katt mostly sings these days, but is also really
awesome at the piano/keyboard and even used to jam a lot on the harmonium, an Indian piano
type instrument. She also plays some ukulele.
Most of your performances seem to be out in the open, there’s even a video in which you
are performing in a banana plantation. Is there a connection between nature and music
Music is our nature, and our nature is music… so yes, totally intertwined. We’ve realized
recently how much more our music flows in nature and are planning on recording our upcoming
album mostly outside.
Outside of music, what else gives you purpose in life?
Purpose in life… we’ll, definitely the music, especially our work in schools with kids music, but
we are also super passionate about our natural vegan lifestyle and sharing our knowledge on
healing mind, body, and spirit. We feel purpose in helping to heal the earth through music and
environmental activism. Essentially, all good works, big and small, make us feel purpose.
For the benefit of our readership, would you mind giving us an idea of just who Matt and
Katt are and how far you’ve come in the industry?
So Katt is American and I am Zimbabwean, raised in Zambia. We met in the US where I went to
visit my aunty. I showed up at her gig at a yoga festival on my first day, hadn’t even dropped my
bags off! From there, it was a bit bumpy, but we ended up making amazing music together and
getting married and pregnant quite quickly. We traveled in our RV for a while, but then decided
to sell it all and come to Africa to have our baby River, which we did… all naturally in a bath tub
on my parents farm in Zambia! We’ve been sharing our music through our travels but haven’t
really broken into the industry yet, but our time will come when we are truly ready to shine!