Katalyst Sound System brings together a host of talented local artists that Katalyst (Ashley) has worked with and whose work he has admired over the past few years.
The focus is on Hip Hop, Soul, Reggae and everything in between. Katalyst will be dropping a ton of exclusives from his upcoming Stones Throw projects and collaborations including Quakers 2, Space Invadas, Guilty Simpson, and his new beat project Supa K.
DJ’s Gonjo & Rik Sonic from Inner West Reggae Disco Machine fame will drop their finest selections on the day. Guest vocalist will include the amazing soul singer Natalie Slade, who some may know as the front lady of Yum Yum. The one and only Hau, MC extraordinaire, Triple J Hip Hop Show host and MC for the mighty Koolism. And the MC known as Mr Clean, long time Katalyst collaborator and champion of underground Hip Hop sounds. Expect nothing but international heavyweight sound all day!!
Inner West Disco Reggae Crew
These bad boys from The Inner West Disco Reggae Machine are as crafty and talented as they come. They built their own 6 scoop sound system to prove it.
Constructed by hand over 2 years from Baltic Birch, the champion wall of sound produces warm bass sounds that are both powerful & therapeutic.
The boys have earned themselves a huge following, powering heavyweight international acts such as YT and Mad Professor, resonating through the crowd at the annual Reggae Carnival Day and the infamous Inner West Disco Reggae Machine Vs Foreign Dub dances at Goodgod Small Club. Strap in and feel the Gs.
He’s the loved and dreaded DJ for Urban Poets and a regular player at the early Vibes On A Summers Day. His heritage is solid, having DJed legendary Sydney hip hop crew Easybass back in the mid 90’s. Brown’s been DJing for Katalyst for eons ’cause he’s good and ‘coz he’s an all round good guy.
Raine Supreme has quickly become the go-to DJ for all things Hip Hop, soul and funk. He regularly plays all around Sydney, and has held residencies at the most frequented concert venues, bars & clubs.
His incredibly vast catalogue of music, and innate ability to remember small details about each of the releases, has earned him the title of Mr. Encyclopedia of Music. Already he has shared the stage with some big names including, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Pharoahe Monch, De La Soul, Charlie 2na, Apollo Brown, Def Wish Cast, Dj-JS1 (Rock Steady Crew), Boogie Blind (The X-Ecutioners), Afrika Bambaataa, Dj Suspect, Blak Twang, Dj MK, @peace and many more. As well as being an audio enthusiast, he also extends his love for music into the video realm, both as a solo artist and as apart of his AVDJ duo, NTSC, which sees him team with Sydney visual veteran, VJ Spook. Raine Supreme also throws his promoter hat on, working under the banner of HomeyDontPlayDat, and has been behind some incredible events in Sydney such as the 2013 DMC NSW Finals, Destino @ The Abercrombie, Soul Shaker @ The Newtown Hotel and more!
Natalie Slade (Yum Yum)
Natalie Slade is the vocalist with hip hop/soul/dub outfit Yum Yum. Slade’s background is in jazz music, having sung traditional jazz every night for years in her own little bar in Christchurch, NZ. She lost that bar in the earthquake and started writing and improvising her own material, and was lucky enough to perform support for artists like @peace, The Black seeds and Sola Rosa. In 2014 she met Jayo… formed Yum Yum… and the rest is history.
If you were rapping in late 90’s you probably knew all the dudes in your local scene. Before Facebook, before YouTube, even before you could hear Hip Hop on the radio, Mr Clean established his underground moniker & is no stranger to some of the biggest names in hip hop. The scene may have changed in many ways, where originality is the under-dog to the familiar format of today, but Mr Clean has kept his cred spitting hard and clean with some funk on top.
More to come on Milkcrate… So mysterious!