One-on-one with CC the Cat
THE much anticipated genre-challenging debut from Gold Coast funksters CC the Cat is finally here.
In the lead-up to Inna Babylon Jungle’s launch this weekend in Byron, fiery front woman Claire ‘CC’ Cattone tells us what to expect…
Q. First things first: how long have you been growing your dreads? They’re impressive.
I think about five years … and thanks for the compliment!
Q. So who is CC the Cat? And while we’re at it,x x where did the nickname come from?
CC is my initials; the Cat is part of my surname and is the animal which I feel most like. The Cat to me also represents the Lion, Africa, Haile Selassi-I and my rasta/reggae soul self. Just another part of my double-Gemini multi-faceted personality spectrum!
Q. Your band formed in 2006, did you play together before then?
I’d been playing with the original CC the Cat drummer (Patty Bom) in Bertha Control for three or so years before we started the CC project. We found Tracy Bassy (of Marshall and the Fro) at a party and the fun began…
Q. The album has a vintage sound. Why that option rather than ‘crisp clean and digital’?
Dub FX/soundmaster Boyd Luadaka: All the tracks were recorded on a Sony dictaphone then run through a Palsonic tape deck with high-speed dubbing. We had to tape over my favourite mix tape from Grade Six one night when all the shops were closed and we were on a roll. That said, I think the album is pretty crisp and clear and punchy at the same time.
Q. Multi-instrumentalist Katia Demeester and trumpeter Roberto Ruschel just joined the band. Why them?
They were the best looking! Soon after meeting Katia I wanted her in my band. We sing in French, she plays sax and flute and is an amazing dancer. I’d been checking out Roberto for a while and we got jamming; his Brazilian mojo adds to our positive vibrations.