Canada-born, Australia-based artist Garrett Kato pays tribute to his Japanese heritage with A powerful look at triumph and trauma, past and present.
Written during the turmoil of 2020 and recorded in his home studio in Byron Bay, the songs were a way of coping with an uncertain future. The EP title, 'Kumamoto', is a nod to the city where the Kato bloodline began in southern Japan. “Australia was on fire, and soon after, a worldwide pandemic hit that changed the world for the foreseeable future,” says Garrett. “I began thinking of what generations before us went through, about my grandparents; victims of internment camps of World War II. How strong people can be, despite overwhelming odds.”
Garrett kicked off 2021 with the single 'Be', which was written, produced and mixed by Garrett at his home studio in Byron Bay at a time when the world had just begun to feel the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. He followed it up with 'Firestarter', co-written with Australian singer-songwriter Ainslie Wills, and 'Never Be Us', which came from a poignant conversation Garrett had with his six-year-old daughter about the Black Lives Matter protests in America. Most recently, he released 'Delusional', which was co-written by Aussie singer/songwriter (and doctor) Sophie Payten (aka Gordi) and born out of a conversation about Covid-19 conspiracy theories and misinformation causing hysteria around the globe.
Known for his reflective musings on love, life and vices, singer-songwriter and platinum-award winning producer Garrett’s unique style of folk-pop is catching fire around the globe. A string of powerful releases, including sophomore albumhemispheres, has seen him perform sold-out shows alongside Damien Rice and Ziggy Alberts and amass over 75 million worldwide streams.
Australian tastemaker triple j dubbed Garrett as the “producer and musician behind some of the most prominent sounds coming out the Byron Bay's booming buskers scene,” and rightly so; 'Kumamoto' was self-produced by Garrett at his home studio, where he has also worked with a string of artists including Julia Stone, Pete Murray, Tones and I, Kyle Lionhart, Riley Pearce, Pierce Brothers, Jack Botts and more.
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