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Katalyst For Tracks Worth Remembering

Katalyst For Tracks Worth Remembering

Who: Katalyst, Jack Johnson
Where: Newcastle Entertainment Centre
When: Wednesday March 23, 2005

BEING asked to compile your favourite tracks for an album would probably be an easy task for most.

But if you're like Ashley Anderson, better known as Sydney-based DJ and producer Katalyst, who admits to owning thousands of records, it can be a little tricky.

Anderson faced the seemingly impossible task of carefully sorting through his extensive collection when he was asked to pick out the best for his new compilation album Dusted. ``Generally it was an interesting process,'' Anderson said.

``There were a lot of tunes on the list to begin with and narrowing it down was hard.'' In the end he decided to include the tunes which had influenced and inspired him over the years, including both classic and obscure hip hop and funk tracks.

To give the album a real authenticity, he even retained the surface scratches found on his records.

Anderson said he had also been busy working on a new original album following the success of his previous records Manipulated Agent and Agent Manipulated. He said punters could expect the album to feature more guest vocalists this time around with less instrumental numbers.

In the meantime, Anderson has joined Jack Johnson on his latest Australian tour which appears at Newcastle Entertainment Centre tonight. It's the third time he has toured with Johnson and he will spin tunes in between performances by Johnson and his support acts G Love and Special Sauce and Xavier Rudd. He hinted there might even be a chance he will join some of them on stage.

``Last time Jack came out and Donovan Frankenreiter toured, I played with him on a couple of songs,'' Anderson said.

``I played a back beat and did a few scratches and that sort of thing, so that might even be the case this year because all those guys are pretty open to getting together and experimenting.'' Tickets to the show are available through Ticketek on 4921 2121.

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