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The best kept secret in music


"So Lovely"

“So lovely...peaceful, passionate, soothing, funky” - Drum Media

"Seriously Funky"

"This is seriously funky music that will grab anyone in the same way that Prince, Marvin Gaye or a Stevie Wonder song grabs you" - Beat Magazine


"Imagine Level 42, Ben Harper, Vince Jones, Skunkhour and Little River Band making merry on a rather large stage" - Drum Media

"The Answer"

" Australia's answer to Jamiroquai" - Kathy McAbe


"The music exudes an excellent, fresh feeling and is incredibly appealing" - Rip It Up


Album : Foundations.
Singles : Better than the real thing, Ain't going your way, Too much ai'nt enough.
MySpace : Too much ain't enough, Miracle , Ain't going your way.


Feeling a bit camera shy


With a tight and funky sound, a new line-up and the CD “Foundations” being launched at the 2007 Blues Festival, Byron Bay based Kurtis and The Element’s time has arrived!

One of only four finalists to perform at the Commercial Radio New Artists to Radio showcase (NA2R) in October 2006, Kurtis has been steadily building a reputation over the last few years as a dynamic performer and a polished singer/songwriter.

After high school Kurtis Attended Uni in NSW northern rivers region and completed a BA in contemporary music composition. Following his graduation in 1995 he spent the subsequent few years doing what all aspiring Aussie musicians do and paid his dues working and playing across the country with a variety of acts and in all kinds of venues.

After settling in Byron Bay he set about establishing a unique identity and sound. Surrounding himself with a variety of creative collaborators, the new band called Kurtis and the Element, featuring some of the areas finest young players, began establishing a new sound and a reputation amongst loyal audiences as a lethally grooving dance outfit. With core members Travis New (guitar), Andrew Couttie (bass), Jake Mann (Drums) and Jonny McCann(Percussion).

Kurtis loves to perform and his shows are always a turn on to dancing for audiences everywhere, with musical influences ranging from Marvin Gaye, to Stevie Wonder and Earth, Wind and Fire.
Kurtis says: “My music is true to how I live my life, and my songs reflect that. I write from my heart.”

The infectiously funky new dance single ‘Better than the Real Thing’ with its cutting edge video has already created the following buzz:
MTV Europe with 480 million viewers has chosen to feature Kurtis as hot new talent for their program “Leak”, including a 15 minute interview. They have also used Kurtis for 10 program ID’s. MTV have also chosen Kurtis’ video clip of “Better Than The Real Thing” for their NEW phone downloading system (already with 3 million users). ITunes and MTV are currently negotiating a collaboration to launch Kurtis into the European market.

Foxtel Australia (Arena cable channel) has chosen his latest single “Better Than The Real Thing” to open their daily Entertainment News program “Exclusive”. Nova Australia-Wide has added KURTIS’ single to their playlist, the video for the song is being played by Video Hits and Chanel V, and Qantas has chosen the track to be part of their in-flight program.

And this is just the beginning. Be sure to follow the rise of Kurtis and The Element.