Ex­clu­sive treat for Beats fans

Pilbara News - - Lifestyle - Louise Alling­ham

Hip-hop artist Drapht and jazz party band The Cat Em­pire are gear­ing up to come to Kar­ratha for this year’s Beats in the Heat fes­ti­val.

Paul Reid, bet­ter know as Drapht, has per­formed in the Pil­bara sev­eral times and said he en­joyed play­ing re­gional gigs.

“They’re al­ways filled with amaz­ing en­ergy be­cause ob­vi­ously up there you guys don’t get as many live shows that a big city would get, so it’s al­ways great,” he said.

“I want to see as much of Aus­tralia as pos­si­ble and when all the tour­ing winds down, I plan to drive around Aus­tralia just to see the places that I haven’t been to be­fore but I’ve been lucky enough with my mu­sic... to be able to see quite a bit of it.”

Cat Em­pire trum­peter and vo­cal­ist Harry James Angus said the band liked to get out and do re­gional gigs as much as pos­si­ble.

“If... you only play in Mel­bourne and Syd­ney and Bris­bane and Perth and Ade­laide, you kind of feel like you’re not re­ally see­ing the real Aus­tralia at all,” he said.

“When­ever you do a re­gional show peo­ple tend to say thanks a lot for com­ing out here and it makes you re­alise how sel­dom tour­ing bands do come to a lot of places.”

Angus hopes to find some­one to take him fish­ing while in Kar­ratha.

“Hope­fully I’m ex­pect­ing some­one’s go­ing to take me fish­ing but I don’t have any­one ac­tu­ally lined up yet, but I’m sure they’ll be some lo­cal Cat Em­pire fan... or some­one that’s got a boat.”

Both Angus and Reid said they were look­ing for­ward to es­cap­ing the cold weather in Perth and Mel­bourne.

“To be out of Perth es­pe­cially at this time of year when it’s a bit cold and get out into some warmer cli­mate would be amaz­ing,” Reid said.

He has been spend­ing a lot of time in the stu­dio re­cently, putting to­gether a new al­bum set to be re­leased in Au­gust.

“I’m su­per happy with it. It’s def­i­nitely my best work to date,” he said. “It’s sort of like an amal­ga­ma­tion of the last four-and-a-half records that I’ve put out and there’s heaps of guests.”

Beats in the Heat au­di­ences will also be treated to an ex­clu­sive new song that has never been played live be­fore.

“I’m putting about three new tracks in the set from the al­bum so that’s go­ing to be a heap of fun,” he said.

“I played the other two over the last sort of cou­ple of months in the Groovin’ the Moo run but I haven’t played the first song which is like a po­ten­tial sin­gle.”

Angus said crowds should ex­pect a mixed set from the Cat Em­pire.

“It’ll be some old stuff and some new stuff and a few hits, a few ob­scure ones,” he said.

Beats in the Heat will be atKar­ratha En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre June 24-25.

Visit beat­sinthe­heat.com.au.

Pic­ture: Rourke Walsh

Drapht aka Paul Reid is look­ing for­ward to play­ing to Pil­bara crowds again.

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