"with a voice made for power ballads with the strength and stamina of a full concert in her lungs, just going for the music alone would make this an enjoyable night out."
"I thoroughly enjoyed Katie’s refreshingly frank storytelling and good comedic timing"
Katie Visser is a singer-songwriter/performance artist based in Melbourne. Originally, she studied acting and directing, but it wasn't until 2008 after seeing a live performance of "Wicked the Musical" that she realised that no longer should she reduce her singing in the comfort of her own car or shower but see where it could lead to, so she started taking singing lessons. Later that year, she wrote her first song "Stay with me" and the rest soon followed.
In 2011, she released her first experimental EP "Simulacrum" under the Pseudonym "Sisterfreak" that was a mixture of industrial, electronica and rock, however she realised she wanted to get more into the rock side of music and form her own band. In 2013, she released her first single on itunes "Dangerous" and in 2014, she formed the band "Rogue Element" with Tom Czako and Chris Bednarski on guitar, Monique Kenny on Bass and Katie’s husband, Nathaniel, on Drums.
In 2017, Rogue Element disbanded, and Katie formed the band "Katie Visser and the Peripheral Figures" alongside Monique on guitar and Nathaniel on drums, performing around the Melbourne circuit. In 2019, Katie decided to go solo doing piano/vocal while gigging. She is also currently a backing vocalist/occasional lead singer for “Touch” a covers band while paying tribute to legendary 80s Australian rock band, Noiseworks.
In 2017, Katie also debuted her first one woman cabaret show "Katie's 80s" and in 2018, she performed her 2nd Cabaret “It’s not easy being green - a day in the life of an average vegan” which received raved reviews. She was also a member of RnB Gospel group "Urban Praise" bringing to Melbourne the best of the best of Christian Southern Gospel.
Katie's music draws on influences such as Evanescence, Heart, 80s rock, with aspects of music theatre and her songwriting lends itself to writers such as Jim Steinman and Diane Warren. Katie has also written a musical titled “Betty B. Different” and is in the process of getting it workshopped for performance.
Katie is also the Associate Teacher of the Andrea Marr Music School where she teaches beginners and kids singing and songwriting.
Katie currently lives in Melbourne with her husband and their two children and their cat.