Garrett Kato

SPRINGTIME welcomes Canadian born, turned Byron Bay local singer-songwriter & producer Garrett Kato. Garret creates out of his personal studio and utilizes it as an ever-evolving canvas. He went from busking and living out of a backpack to tallying over 46 million worldwide streams and performing sold-out shows alongside Damien Rice and Ziggy Alberts. He landed a sync in Hollywood blockbuster ‘Bad Moms’ and his single ‘Take It Slowly’ has surpassed 13 million Spotify streams. His 2019 EP, ‘Distant Land’ and 2020 EPs, ‘s. hemisphere’ and ‘n. hemisphere’, earned the endorsement of Triple J, Rolling Stone and Beatroute Magazine. At the same time, he cemented himself as an in-demand, platinum-award winning producer. In 2020 triple j dubbed him as the “Producer and musician behind some of the most prominent sounds coming out the Byron Bay's booming buskers scene”. He worked with Ziggy Alberts on his 2016 EP ‘Four Feet in the Forest’ (certified Platinum in Aus) and his 2018 album ‘Laps Around the Sun’ (certified Platinum in Aus) and has also worked with Julia Stone, Pete Murray, Kyle Lionheart, Riley Pearce, Pierce Brothers, Jack Botts and more. 2020 has seen Garrett release a pair of EPs; ‘s. hemisphere’ and ‘n. hemisphere’ – both available everywhere now. “I most definitely look at these songs as paintings,” he affirms. “It’s totally a mad scientist situation. I blend sounds together in order to aesthetically serve the song. The writing, engineering, and producing are all married. I’ll tinker with a track for two months. I look at it, walk away, and come back as if I were leaving a painting on a canvas. The chords, melodies, and moods are like images to me. I don’t use instruments for genre, but rather for frequencies, tones, and cadences. Getting the chance to see different parts of the world and hear so many stories inspired some of the insights and colours I wanted to use.” What to expect: A chilled acoustic folk-pop sound


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