The long awaited second album from Sydney-based, internationally renowned producer Katalyst is finally here. Entitled "What’s Happening" – this is the follow up to his critically acclaimed, “Manipulating Agent” released in 2002. Nominated for an Aria Award, “Manipulating Agent” won Best Album and Best Producer at the 2002 Dance Music Awards. It was album of the week on JJJ and featured hits like “Fusion” and “Showtime” that stayed on high rotation across the country for years after release. Many tracks from the album went on to appear on commercials, tv shows and numerous compilations. Including the internationally renowned Cafe Del Mar series, Dope On Plastic and many more.
Its been 5 years between releases, during this time Katalyst has been highly productive in terms of musical output both here and overseas, as well as running his successful independent label Invada Records. Katalyst has been responsible for production on a number of albums – working with RuC.L in Australia and Bristol UK, Stephanie McKay in New York, and remixing for the likes of Ugly Duckling, The Beautiful Girls and Motown Remixed to name a few. Also releasing the highly successful mix CD “Dusted”.
Throughout time, the artist's role has been to make social comment and to put forward views that are not always in line with the views imposed on us by "the powers that be". This album makes comment on many issues facing us today. The title of the new album,"What's Happening" can be interpreted in several ways - be it what's happening socially, politically, environmentally, economically or personally. The other take on the title being - what's happening musically. The album is a musical excursion through many different styles that are all brought together with Katalyst's signature sound. Moving seamless though space-aged soul, hip hop, funk and rock, this project is truly diverse. Katalyst collaborates with many talented and like minded artists to help make comment on what's happening today.