Matt Gkikas

EP Cover Artwork by Konstantinos Georgantas

© Copyright Konstantinos Georgantas / La Fourrière Mattase 2015

Born and raised in Athens. 

He studied architecture at the Ecole Spéciale d'Architécture in Paris and acting at the Théatre des Cinquante, a venue run by Andreas Voutsinas founded on the principles of Lee Strasberg’s “The Actor’s Studio”.

While still a drama student he started his professional acting in Greece under his tutor’s direction.

Until the late ‘90s he worked on stage, in movies and on TV in his home country, collaborating with some of the most active and talented directors and producers.

He tried a variety of genres such as drama, comedy, the Athenian Vaudeville and musical comedy.

In 2001 he moved to London in pursuit of new professional opportunities. He appeared in the popular BBC 1 comedy series Nice Guy Eddie and in several low budget films.

At the end of 2002 he returned to Athens for personal reasons where he reorientated professionally.

He worked as a translator, editor and project manager for various publications related to the fine arts and architecture.

On one of his trips to London in 2007 he got on board a singer - songwriter project along with songwriter - guitarist and good friend of his John Sage, forming BlackDogHat. For almost a year they exchanged their creative ideas through the internet.

In 2008 Matt moved once again to London thus facilitating their collaboration and the promotion of an ever growing songwriting material. They gigged in London taking part in “acoustic” evenings organized by venues such as: The Constitution, Lark in the Park, Storm, The Dry Bar, The Edinburgh Cellars, The Boston Music Rooms, The Purple Turtle, The Cuban Bar, Liquid Nation, Portobello Acoustic Sessions, Blag Club, The Vibe Bar etc. They also appeared for two consecutive years at the Broadstairs Folk Week. Whether as a duo or backed up by session musicians they were featured also in various London festivals. In 2009 they gigged at the Yellow Submarine and in 2010 at Bat City, both venues in Athens, whilst in December 2013 they were invited by gazArte, an Athenian venue of international repute, and were featured amongst other artists in the Christmas Party Show of Radio Pepper 96.6.

In 2011 Ian Nicholson became the third BlackDogHat member and joined forces with them in both writing and performing.

Having posted samples of their songwriting style on social media such as: Myspace, ReverbNation, Vimeo, Facebook etc, they attract a growing audience especially in the U.S.A., in Holland and in Germany while their music and live interviews are aired on various internet stations worldwide.

La Fourrière Mattase, a production team that consists of Anastasios C. Katsaris (in-house composer & sound engineer at the Eugenides Foundation) and Matt Gkikas, introduces four new songs by John Sage (arranged - produced by Anastasios and performed by Matt) on various platforms of internet distribution and promotion.

Matt Gkikas is currently based in Athens.

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