On her debut EP Get Up And Go, Melbourne-based musician Kat Greta delivers rays of funky grooves, retro keyboard sounds and big, driving drums, all of which equate to a damn good time. The twist to it all is the unusual band dynamic … Kat Greta, composer and driving force behind the project is a non-singing drummer. While Kat coyly admits she does have an adequate singing voice, she prefers to leave that part of the process to lead vocalist Charlie Lane, freeing her up to direct traffic from the rear and drum up a storm on her kit. Kat launched the EP last weekend at The Old Bar and is gearing up to do it all again at The Workers Club in Fitzroy on Sunday August 28, with the EP available to grab on vinyl on the night.
Australian Musician editor Greg Phillips spoke with Kat via Zoom to discuss the creation of her new EP Get Up And Go, her drum gear and much more
Kat’s current single, Let It Go is about seizing the day professionally and personally, as she explains, “Let It Go is about letting go of what isn’t serving you well, and finding the courage to be free. Life is short. In this case for me, it was rediscovering the joy that playing the drums brings me. I had a gut feeling that there was a suppressed dream inside of me, and I just needed to take a leap of faith and find the courage to do it. Also, on a very personal note, my parents are both living with degenerative illnesses and it really brings home for me the notion that life is very short.”
The video for Let It Go perfectly complements the vintage flavours and lyrical themes on display in the track, with Kat roadtripping in a Mustang convertible with her hair in the wind and, most essentially, with her drum kit along for the ride. Teaming up with Dayne Edward on the clip, who has previously worked with Maya Vice, Zretro, Tanha MC, Adidas and Tune Squad, the end result is a quintessential road trip adventure around areas close to Kat’s heart, as she elaborates, “We decided that I’d drive an old car in the video, something a bit vintage to suit the song. We went with a Mustang because Mustangs are like the ultimate symbol for freedom. I would drive it down an open road, roof down, hair blowing in the breeze, with my drums in the back. Then I find myself at the ocean beach down at Portsea, playing drums out in the open air at London Bridge. It’s really quite liberating. It represents my dream of being free and playing the drums. We chose the location of Cape Schanck and the surrounding areas down on the Peninsula with the lighthouse track, and got a drone to really capture the beauty of the area with the windy track and crashing waves. Also, the Mornington Peninsula is where I grew up and still live, so I’m quite attached to the area.”
While Let It Go, and her upcoming EP Get Up & Go, may mark Kat’s first official foray into the musical realm as an artist, her own backstory is lined with plenty of Aussie music royalty. Hailing from a big Italian, musical family, Kat’s own immersion into music comes as little surprise, with this Victorian powerhouse related to Nic and Chris Cester of Jet, Eugene Cester from TISM, Alf, Johnny, Jayney and Lydia Klimek and opera singer Christina Russo. With plenty of new material and live shows on the horizon, Kat has spent a lifetime around music, playing from an early age and being surrounded by various musical instruments growing up. And with 2022 culminating in Kat finally launching her solo project, this is only just the beginning for this compelling artist.
SUN 28 AUG | THE WORKERS CLUB, FITZROY VIC | ALL AGES
Tickets available from https://theworkersclub.oztix.com.au/outlet/event/a321246f-0867-4e23-a7cd-1dd7777363e9
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Get Up & Go EP launch with guests Thomas Byrne & Hui