DJ KATCH & FRENZIE [SATURDAY – 17.05.2014]
DJ KATCH //
For the better part of two decades, Brisbane’s DJ Katch has worked as a DJ and musician. His output over that time and his dedication to hip-hop has resulted in him becoming a key figure in the Australian hip-hop community through his band Resin Dogs and label Hydrofunk.
Originally accompanying various breakdance groups in Brisbane in the mid-eighties, it wasn’t long before Katch’s mixes were in demand outside of the breakdance scene. Distinctly aware of the lack of hip-hop being played in and around Brisbane, Katch took up a weekly spot at the Brisbane community radio station 4ZzZ. It was from this point that Katch established the Phat Tapes program, a radio show dedicated to hip-hop now into its 20th year. This program was the first of its kind in Brisbane and helped to introduce audiences to hip-hop from the USA and UK, as well as offering exposure to the many underground hip-hop acts operating throughout Australia.
In 1989, Katch took part in the annual DMC championships in Queensland and for the next three years running was the Queensland champion. Retiring from the competition in 1991, Katch started up a number of hip-hop parties that year and it was these events, which would eventually lead to the formation of his label Hydrofunk. The parties were not only the first of their kind in Brisbane but also brought together the four-elements of hip-hop in a glorious celebration of sound and culture.
As the parties grew in popularity and Katch’s work as a scratch DJ was becoming more widely recognised he found himself being invited to perform and record for a number of bands including Regurgitator. Following one such invitation, he and several other musicians founded the group Elevation, which laid the roots of his current group Resin Dogs.
Throughout the mid-nineties Resin Dogs toured ceaselessly and following a number of sold out national tours, the band was signed to Virgin Records – their debut album Grand Theft Audio being released in 2000 (which is now Gold Status in OZ) saw the band play every major festival around Australia (BIG DAY OUT , Vibes on A summers Day, Splender , Homebake, Woodford, Falls festivals to name a few, for 3+ years . With the release of Hi Fidelity Dirt in 2003 which found the dogs constantly touring overseas for another 3 years at prestigious festivals, Womad ( UK), Colors of Ostriva (Chec Republic) Siget festival Hungary plus invited to play at Fabric by UKs Plump djs , Air at Rythm factory by Ali B, with there own sellout shows at Cargo have seen the dogs create a fanbase throughout the Uk Ireland and Europe.
Alongside the live performances with Resin Dogs, Katch was maintaining a number of key residencies around the country including weekly and monthly slots at venues such as Ric’s Café and Bar, Minke Bar, Funktrust and others – he has also DJed widely in the UK with slots at The Cargo Club and Blue Note (Ireland).Supports for NZs Fat Freddys Drop, Kora , Salmonella Dub ,Questlove, Nas ,Public Enemy, De la Soul, Dj krush , Jazzy Jeff, Flying Lotus, Bronx Dogs, Ztrip, Tricky, Lillyworld At BDO Dj Spooky, Ugly Duckling , Turntables on the Hudsons Nicodemus,still in demand around the country as a solo Dj and was invited to DJ the store opening in Perth & Brisbane Stores for international boutique label BALLY Joined by Dave Atkins (drummer for Resin Dogs) on several Australian DJ sets, the pair’s intuitive style led them to working together on a focused hip-hop duo called 2Dogs. This combination worked effectively and before long they had produced a series of full lengths and 12”s including Prozac Beats and D + K Sessions.
Currently working with Dave towards Resin Dogs & 2dogs material, Katch is also focusing on his upcoming various production and remix projects including numerous releases for his Hydrofunk label. Now residing in Northern NSW where he & Dave Dog are finishing off the studio, currently hosting residencies at Brisbane’s, Rumpus Room, Kerbside & LaRuche
Whoever Wants To Be Born Must Destroy A World Indian Root Pills Precision Oiler Greatest Hits Vol.3 Resin Dogs Grinning Volcanic Lab
From the volcanic Lab japan Edition/ Dea Grand Theft Audio Daily trouble 12 Give me a break 12 Hardgroove 12
Rock the record 7” Live Like Dogs Live EP Set It Off EP featuring Abstract Rude (project blowed / freestyle fellowship) Hi Fidelity Dirt
Take off EP
Gunshot dub 12
She’s gone (UK Jalepino Records)
Smoking in the darkness / Roy 7”
2Dogs Prozac Beats D + K Sessions HYDROFUNK compilation Sub – Urb – An files – various artists
Frenzie has been around the block more than a few times. He’s got well over twenty years of experience behind him, a record collection that will make any deejay envious, and a concrete rep as one of Australia’s most trusted party rockers. Taking inspiration from when DJ’s used to play for no less than 6 hours straight and transition between styles: Original Soul & Funk 45′s – check. Deep House, Disco & Boogie – check. Hip Hop, R&B, Breaks & Beats – check. Party anthems and forgotten classics – check. Frenzie has got you covered.
His Groove Therapy radio show (now in it’s eleventh year) has been broadcasting weekly on 2SER FM every Friday lunchtime and has become an essential listen to all musically savvy Sydney-siders, while the podcast of the show has garnered a huge loyal fan base in all corners of the globe.
A veteran touring DJ of the Australian east coast, Frenzie also recently rocked dance floors in San Francisco and New York – and has had support billing alongside a who’s who of DJ royalty. Infact, pioneering deejay Grandmaster Flash requested Frenzie as his official support DJ for his most recent 2013 Sydney tour (four shows in total) – and only months earlier, Frenzie could be seen cutting it up on the turntables on stage with New Yorks Hip Hop legends The Ultramagnetic MC’s.
…and it’s no small wonder – Frenzie definitely has the skills to pay the bills. In 2012 he placed second in the New South Wales heats of the DMC, the most prestigious DJ competition in the world (He’s last foray into battle deejaying was almost twelve years earlier).
But can he rock a party? Frenzie has been dropping memorable sets for years. Whether it be a one hour power mix or an all night marathon set behind the turntables, Frenzie has plenty of experience reading the crowd and always drops an entertaining set – custom built from carefully considered quality jams and a dash of turntable trickery. Not only can Frenzie mix a record, he has definitely earned his stripes as the number one chief party rocker.
Benny Hinn (Daniel Robertson) began spinnin’ vinyl back in 01′ playing a range of phat funky house and some chunky big assed broken beatz for the masses… Although now only 33, the Hinns has played at some of the finer establishments, parties and festivals around Sydney, Wollongong and the Southcoast, gaining a rep az a bit of a party starter and one with some def skillz, finess and sheer artistry on a pair of 1200′s.
In 01/02′ the House & Breakz movement exploded in his hometown of Wollongong and the Hinn emerged as one Da Gongs leading DJs in this new exciting scene. Largly due to while studying at University, a small collective formed, with a desire to bring decent music to the local area, hence the weekly event night Bustin’ was born. It began as the official uni after-garden party, held in the backroom of the Illawarra hotel, then quickly expanded into a weekly night at the famous Cooneys Tavern, where the guys & a certain little monkey, hosted some of the finest local, national and international talent for some of the best parties the area had ever seen. The night was a 7 year success and those lucky enough to have experienced a Bustin’ party will remember some good shit went down.
The Hinn has also toured with the MOS Label for an Anunal release and has supported many artists such as, The Stanton Warriors, Freq Nasty, Krafty Kuts, A Skillz, Jay Jay, Sneaky Sound System, The Resin Dogs, Katalyst, Koolism, [love] Tattoo, Mark Dynamix, Ajax [RIP], Bang Gang, Goodwill, Alex Taylor, Funktrust, Purple Sneaker DJs + many many more…
The Hinn has also been dipping into a little production here and there with a few little mashes and beats all up on his soundcloud page.
His latest venture has been PLAY BAR. After drawing inspiration from his last stint in Melbourne and meeting his partner & co-owner Sarah, the two worked hard to build, what they hope to be for many years to come, an institution in Surry Hills Sydney.
WHEN: SATURDAY 17 MAY 2014
WHERE: PLAY BAR, BASEMENT 72 CAMPBELL STREET SURRY HILLS
TIME: 4PM – MIDNIGHT