Kurtis

Kurtis

BandR&BFunk

It's original grooves, reaching into your soul to move your being, to shake your thing, striking resonant emotion stirring your passion.To evoke your mojo, to relate, designed to create a vibration that carries across all spectrums celebrating life and all it's conceptions.

Biography

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.

Lyrics

Better than the real thing

Written By: Kurt Rettenmaier / Sam T Shine

Better than the real thing

You give me everything I ever thought was beautiful
I’m here to tell you that I wanna do it all with you Yeah
Dreams come and go want to let you know
Your everything I felt love could be

& Baby
You,
your better than the real thing baby and you must know that it’s true
Everytime we get it on , it feels brand new oh oh oh oh
So baby let’s get it on, so we can keep on getting it on

I’m thinking that this only happens once in one life time
The day I met you on the corner you were looking mighty fine, fine, mine
Your everything I felt love could be
Time with you lady oh so good for me

& Baby
You,
Your better than the real thing baby and you must know that it’s true
Everytime we get it on , it feels brand new oh oh oh oh
So baby let’s get it on

Bridge
You are everything to me, you are so strong
Can’t believe I got you girl there’s nothing wrong
You make this thing alright everyday
One more thing I’d like to say

So baby let’s get it on x3
So baby let’s get it on, we can keep on getting it on

You,
Your better than the real thing baby and you must know that it’s true
Everytime we get it on , it feels brand new oh oh oh oh
So baby let’s get it on, so we can keep on getting it on

We can keep it on

You,
Your better than the real thing baby and you must know that it’s true
Everytime we get it on , it feels brand new oh oh oh oh
So baby let’s get it on, we can keep on getting it on

So baby let’s get it on , so we can keep on getting on x 4
It feels brand new oh oh oh oh

Discography

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.

Set List

Love me like you do
When the music plays
Can you understand
Don’t beat yourself up
Sunshine
Opportunity
Takes too many times
Stay
Ain’t going your way
Talk about
When I look at you
Crazy
All you have to do
Always on my mind
Fallen down from the trees
Under my skye
Too much ain’t enough
Miracle
Freedom
Better than the real thing

20 songs , usually play for 90 minutes, no covers- one or two maybe