Songs! That’s the answer to the question we asked during a recent chat with The Cat Empire frontman, Felix Riebl. The band will head to Hope Estate with Xavier Rudd on 25 November for the SummerSalt event.
So, why do The Cat Empire remain festival favourites after all these years? It’s self fulfilling says Riebl.
“I tend to lose myself when we play live, really in the moment with the audience. When we sit down to write a song we try to evoke that feeling. The whole process kind of feeds itself”.
That’s probably why the organisers of SummerSalt, a brand new concert event which exemplifies the great Australian outdoor summer, chose The Cat Empire to headline the event.
Being both entertaining on stage, and proficient enough to play well while you’re jumping up and down, is not something every band achieve. But anyone who’s been to a Cat Empire gig will tell you, these guys go off, and never miss a note. So how do you lose yourself in a moment of live performance while shredding at the same time?
“We grew up in a Melbourne scene of very talented and proficient musicians. Playing well just became part of the band’s culture” Felix says.
While the SummerSalt event has a very heavy emphasis on local community and sustainability, a good headliner always helps, and they’ve nailed it with The Cat Empire.