Kat Greta is by trade a drummer and songwriter who exclusively unveils for Backseat Mafia the video for her debut single ‘Let It Go’, sung by Melbourne’s Charlie Lane. His voice lends the song a dusky, edgy, whiskey-soaked tone to the driving, restless music that swells beneath. Greta’s steady and patterned rhythms form the spine to the track: a pop-soaked ray of golden sunshine that seems to capture the restless oceans and filtered sunlight. Greta says of the track:
‘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.
She captures the restless energy and nomadic feel in the accompanying video, made with Dayne Edward. Of the video, Greta says:
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 an open grassy space to play the drums out in the open air. It’s really quite liberating. It represents my dream of being free and playing the drums. We chose the location of Cape Schanck 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.
There is a vital freshness and sense of liberty in the video, compounded by the stunning surroundings and the dynamism of Great’s open-air drumming performance by the seaside, side by side with shots of her driving in the ultimate escape machine: a convertible Mustang. There is untrammeled and expansive joy captured in the scenes, perfectly matching the bubbling immersive and nomadic music:
Greta’s background and genetic make-up are telling: coming from a large Italian family, she is related to Nic and Chris Cester of the iconic band Jet, Eugene Cester from the legendary This Is Serious Mum (TISM), and opera singer Christina Russo. The single comes off Greta’s forthcoming EP ‘Get Up And Go’, due for release on 5 August 2022.
I am super excited to be releasing a new single and EP this year. It’s been a few years in the making and it’s been an incredible journey so far. It took me a really long time to work out my sound and style, and I did this in a backwards way – I made the recording before I got the band together. I’ve learnt a lot in the process. I am happy to be able to release my music with the confidence that this is the kind of artist that I am.
You can catch Greta treading the boards on the following dates:
Thursday, 21 July 2022, The Old Bar, Fitzroy, Victoria – ‘Let It Go’ single launch with guests Luke Medley Band & Thomas Byrne – tickets available from here
Sunday, 28 August 2022, The Workers Club, Fitzroy Victoria – ‘Get Up & Go’ EP launch with guests Thomas Byrne & Hui – tickets available here.