It is more than a conspiracy; KatsüK is an inside job.
PARTICULARS: Music is changing, people are changing; in all aspects of expression, a desire for genuine discourse is undeniably present. A strong example of this exists in the caliber of the groups emerging in the music scene today. Conscious artists such as KatsüK, an independent folk/rock group based out of Texas led by Daniel Katsük, are at the forefront of this revolution delivering fervently cognizant messages in tune with the needs of our times. Described as a group of “limitless energy,” KatsüK [n. catsook] seamlessly fuses world sounds with classic rock grandiosity, catchy pop melodies, organic folk, stirring sentient lyrics and a theatrical live show that is dynamic and emotive.
MYTHOS: The motivation began with the idea of hitchhiking halfway across the world to New Zealand, yet as one direction led to another, Daniel Katsük wound his way through the immutable Southwestern desert of the United States, slowly finding his voice. Upon seeing first hand the authentic reality found on the road, Daniel began writing songs that embraced the wonder of our existence, the importance of interconnection, and the inevitable emancipation of Self from self-imposed suffering. This new leaf led to tours with Lollapalooza and the Bob Marley Fest as part of the gypsy circus known as Spoonfed Tribe and later A-hummin’ Acoustical Acupuncture (AAA). In 2008, Daniel formed the group KatsüK and with the help of producer/guitarist Jeff Dahlgren, renown for his work with French icon Myléne Farmer, Wasted Youth, Warner Music Group, KatsüK released a 15 track sonic horizon called Zero Point (2012), a highly anticipated follow up to KatsuK’s first album, Out In The Wind (2008). What emerged is an epic recording that is incredibly profound and boldly relevant. Already on AAA radio across the country, KatsüK’s Zero Point is one of the strongest efforts to come out of the North Texas music scene in years.
SPECIFICATIONS: KatsüK has shared the stage with such esteemed and varied acts as Colin Hay (Men At Work), Los Lonely Boys, Cas Haley, Fever In The Funkhouse, Sister 7, Cowboy Mouth, Guy Forsyth, Brave Combo, Railroad Earth, Kan’Nal, Ian Moore and many others. The band has also been featured in several festivals including NX35, Earth Dance, Clearfork Music Fest, Funkytown Fall Festival, Dreamtime, Rock The Republic, Deep Ellum Arts Fest, Heaven On Earth Festival, and many more. KatsüK has received repeated nods from the annual FW Weekly Music Awards, including a 2012 nomination for “Best Rock” group, 2011 “Best Live Band” and a 2010 nomination for “Song of the Year” for “Cut the Cord” off KatsüK’s 2010 E.P. Skeleton Key. Previous awards include “Best Acoustic/Folk Group” (2008), “Artist of the Year” (2005), “Best Acoustic Band” (2005), and “Singer/Songwriter of the Year” (dallasmusic.com, 2001). Along with many additional nominations by FW Weekly over the years, the track “Evergreen” from 2008’s Out in the Wind was recently chosen as one of the top ten songs of the last decade. The music of Daniel Katsük has also been featured in the television shows Dragonball Z, Case Closed, and Full Metal Alchemist (all appearing on Cartoon Network), and Daniel also utilizes his voice as an anime actor. Credits include: Spiral, Dragonball & Dragonball Z, Yu-Yu Hakusho, Kiddy Grade, Full Metal Alchemist, Grappler Baki, Case Closed, Samurai 7, Lupin the 3rd, Burst Angel, Desert Punk, Trinity Blood, Speed Grapher, Sakura Wars and more.