Kato Exclusive Mix + Q&A


Tell us a little bit about the mix you’ve put together today?

The mix is inspired by being involved in the Sydney dance music scene in 2016. This is music for the dark dangerous warehouse spaces that inspire me at the moment. It sounds unfortunate but most club gigs at the moment seem rather uninspiring, even the ‘underground’ parties are mostly standard European house and techno and I totally get that it’s hard to take risks with the lockouts and everything, the powers that be are against the youth of our nation at the moment and that’s why also there is a harder edged angsty political undercurrent to my mix with Brexit and our upcoming election in mind.

What kind of sound or genre are you most excited about at the moment?

As you can hear in this mix I’ve been really inspired lately by the resurgence of breakbeats, old rave and jungle samples rewiring house and techno. The mix is equal old and new music but hopefully it’s hard to distinguish which is which. It’s also i inspired me to throw my first party in about 4 years, Breakbeat Chaos on the 16th of July in a secret inner city warehouse, look it up it’s gonna be a blast!

Can you think of one Sydney party memory that was particularly special to you?

Recently I can’t go past Jimmy Sing’s set at the final night of Goodgod Small Club. Amazing feel good left field selections from end to end that really told the story of a great club.

You grew up in Newcastle – are there any particular spots there you can recommend to check out great local music?

For dance music check out Coloursound and The Sunday Social. Live music wise the Lass O’Gowrie supports a lot of local upcoming talent.

You’ve been taking care of the coveted Thursday Sunset spot at FBi Radio for a little while now with Bad Ezzy, how did you become to be involved with FBi and what part do you think the station plays in the Sydney scene?

I started at FBi almost ten years ago now with Anna Lunoe as a replacement for Ajax and Jamie Doom of the Bang Gang when they got too busy to come in every Thursday and it’s been amazing opportunity to get to share the best new music I can find every week and support local talent. I think Fbi and community radio in general is vital to youth arts and culture and giving everyone in the community more of a voice in the media.

Who’s killing it in the Sydney scene right now?

Anyone who is persisting on doing good stuff in Sydney at the moment is killing it in my opinion. Shout outs to all the producers, DJs, Club / Party promoters, sound boys, dancers, ravers, door bitches, lighting guys, bar tenders, radio presenters, lobbyists keeping Sydney open and alive right now

Where is your favourite place in the world to go record digging?

Wherever there are massive piles of records going cheap I will sniff out the truffles.

Do you have a record that is particularly special to you?

Yeah it’s actually a shitty mp3 [256kbps what up?!] of a song I don’t even really like – Mk’s remix of storm queen look right through that was given to me by Ajax the last time we hung out before he passed away.

Who would you say is your music icon?

I don’t really feel like I have a music icon, I like to do my own thing and write my own story. I’m still definitely a fanboy though I definitely think the sun shines out of the asses of the following artists: Prince, The Beastie Boys, Bjork, Goldie, Underground Resistance, Fett Burger, Sotofett, Dj Harvey, Led Zeppelin, Fela Kuti, Soundstream, Mike Dunn, Yello, Four Tet, Sly and The Family Stone, Erykah Badu, The Idjut Boys, Moodymann, John Williams, Outkast, Jello Biafra, Photek, Kevin Beber, The Clash, Kendrick Lamar, Pepe Bradock, Frank Zappa and Dj Candle in the Wind amongst many others.

Kato Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/barnee-kato

Breakbeat Chaos https://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?851605