Katalyst, Meem & Benny Hinn[SATURDAY – 23.08.2014]
Fresh after his national tour with Guilty Simpson, we welcome one of the world’s best producers, Katalyst back to Play Bar Sydney, along with one of Sydney’s greats Meem & Play Bar’s very own Benny Hinn… Expect a night of nothing less than dope tunes…
Producing since the mid nineties, Sydney based Ashley Anderson aka Katalyst initially under the moniker of Moonrock, releasing a self titled album in early ’98 to critical acclaim, and went on to contribute tracks to the internationally renowned “Cafe Del Mar” and “Dope on Plastic” compilation’s.
May 2002 saw the release of the Katalyst’s debut album Manipulating Agent. The first release for INVADA Records, a label formed by himself and Geoff Barrow of Portishead fame, the album received much critical acclaim. Receiving an ARIA nomination, also winning “Best Producer” and “Best Album” at the 2002 Australian DMA’s.
In 2007 Katalyst released the long awaited follow up album What’s Happening enlisting guestv ocalists from the US, the UK and Australia including J-Live, Stephanie McKay, Steve Spacek, Supernatural, Diverse, Katie Noonan, Mat McHugh (The Beautiful Girls), Adalita (Magic Dirt), Hau (Koolism) and more. What’s Happening was nominated for the prestigious J Award (JJJ) followed by another ARIA nomination in 2008.
What’s Happening was picked up for worldwide release by taste maker label BBE Records in the UK. The collaboration with Steve Spacek on the album was in Giles Peterson’s top 20 tracks for 2008. Katalyst went on to form a group with Spacek called Space Invadas. Their debut album Soul Fi received an ARIA nomination. Released in 2010 worldwide on INVADA / BBE Records.
His third and final album in the Katalyst trilogy was entitled Deep Impressions and released in 2011 on INVADA / BBE. Guests include Stephanie McKay, Bootie Brown (Pharcyde), Buff 1, Steve Spacek, Coin Locker Kid, Kween G, Jane Doe, Hau and Mr Clean. Again the album was met with critical acclaim both in Australia and abroad.
2012 sees Katalyst taking a new direction musically, starting with the release of Quakers on Stones Throw Records. The album was released to critical acclaim in March 2012 and hailed by manyas an instant classic. Quakers is a hip-hop collective currently boasting 35 member’s which orbits around a core of three producers: Fuzzface, 7-Stu-7 and Katalyst. Fuzzface is better known as Portishead’s founder and producer Geoff Barrow. 7-Stu-7 is Portishead’s engineer and in-house producer at Invada Records in the UK. Some of the 32 MCs on the record include Dead Prez, Phat Kat, Guilty Simpson, Prince Po and Booty Brown to name just a handful. The album is making waves around the globe leading up to its release on March 27th.
Katalyst is back from touring Europe over the last three months and is in the studio busy working on numerous upcoming projects, details of which will come to light later this year.
Katalyst has performed along side some of the biggest international acts to tour Australia, including The Roots, Jack Johnson, Jurassic 5, DJ Shadow, DJ Premier, Guru, Mix Master Mike, Ben Harper and many more. Katalyst has played all the major Australian festivals including Splendour In The Grass, Big Day Out, Homebake, The Falls Festivals, Good Vibrations, Groovin In The Moo, Southbound and many more.
Meem (Michael Moebus) is a respected and prolific music producer, DJ and radio host – whose inimitable style of funk, disco, soul & electro-boogie has kept dancefloors shaking for over 15 years.
In the late 90’s Meem began performing live at underground dance parties in Canberra (illegal forest parties, art galleries and aquariums) and soon catapulted from a shy art-school raver to a highly sought after live electronic act – performing at The Big Day Out, Sydney Festival, Peats Ridge Festival, Triple J Groove Train, Parklife, and Field Day. Meem has supported international heavyweights such as Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, and Jamie Lidell, and he has showcased his live and DJ performances in London, Manchester, San Francisco, L.A., island beach parties in Croatia, and summer festivals throughout Eastern Europe.
As a sought after DJ, Meem has supported international acts including Thievery Corporation, and Tom Findlay (Groove Armada). Bringing a diverse and expansive music collection to each gig, Meem blends a broad range of styles and genres including funk, disco, hip-hop, beats, afro, dancehall, reggae, dub, latin, jazz, gypsy, rhythm & blues, jump blues and boogie.
As a weekly testament to his love of funk music (and all its related styles), Meem also hosts the long-running and much-loved radio program Back to Funk, broadcasting every Monday afternoon on 2SER 107.3FM. Broadcasting since 1980 years, Back To Funk is Australia’s longest running funk music program.
Meem has also achieved design notoriety by releasing almost every release in limited edition, and often handmade, packaging. Destined to become collector’s items, covers have been crafted from wood, cotton, felt and vinyl upholstery. Meem’s CD design has been featured in the UK publication ‘CD – Art: Innovation in CD Packaging Design’ by Charlotte Rivers, alongside cover art for The Pet Shop Boys and design by Andy Warhol. His designs were also included in the Spanish publication ‘Graphic Beats: Independent Record Covers & Packaging Design’ by Miquel Abellon, alongside cover art for Martin Solveig and The Rolling Stones.
Major supports include; Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Thievery Corporation, Tom Findlay – Groove Armada
National Tours – Monsters Dont Sleep OK! Album Launch (East Coast Tour 2011), Triple J Groove Train Tour, Yak Secret Technology Tour, Meem Tour 2003 (Toured to Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Byron Bay, Brisbane, Newcastle, Bathurst, Wagga Wagga, Geelong, Woolongong, Morwell, Lismore, Toowoomba)
Sydney – The Big Day Out, Sydney Festival (The Famous Speigeltent Hyde Park & Parramatta (residencies), Star Casino, Becks Bar, Parra Opening Party), Parklife, Field Day, Peats Ridge Festival, Sydney Fringe Festival, Carrigeworks, Enmore Theatre, The Metro, The Basement, The Gaelic Club, Luna Park, Chinese Laundry, Candys Apartment, Melt, Tonic Lounge, Opera Bar, Newtown Hotel, Freaky Tiki, Tokyo Sing Song, Miss Peaches, Civic Hotel, Ruby Rabbit, The Arthouse, The Loft, Mandarin Club, The Hopetoun, Club 77, Hermanns Bar, The Beach Road Hotel, Kinselas, Boogie Down, Funktrust, Mad Racket, Newtown Festival, Surry Hills Festival, Redfern Festival.
Melbourne – Revolver, Honky Tonks, Hi-Fi Bar, Prince of Wales, The Croft Institute, Laundry, First Floor
Brisbane – Empire Hotel, Rumpus Room
Canberra – Toast, ANU Bar, Transit Bar, National Museum, Heaven
UK / Europe
London – 93 Feet East, Cafe 1001
Manchester – Baby Grand, Pleasure
Croatia – Karlo Roitz, Bura Beach Bar, Seaspalsh Festival
Hungry – Budapest End of Summer Outdoor Festival.
“If Meem hadn’t cemented his place is Australian music previous to this, ‘The Big Hoo-hah’ will, and will prove to be one of the best Aussie releases this year.”
In the Mix
“Highly original and genre expansive… this jazzy new album is worth its weight in gold.”
The Weekend Australian
“Truly innovative… the best cd I’ve come across in a long time… get a copy, your cd collection needs it!”
“I was dutifully impressed, watch out for this guy.”
“By avoiding any previously laid down blueprints for making electronic music, Meem has managed to emerge as one of the most exciting and original artists in a long time”
BENNY HINN //
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 1200s.
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 23 AUGUST 2014
WHERE: PLAY BAR SYDNEY. BASEMENT 72 CAMPBELL STREET SURRY HILLS
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