The Cat Empire

Decades: 2000s


Originally formed in 1999 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, the Cat Empire started off as a trio comprising Oliver McGill (1981, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; keyboards/vocals), Ryan Monro (b. 26 July 1981, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; bass/vocals) and Felix Riebl (b. 1 May 1981, Hawthorn, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; percussion/vocals). By 2001, the band had expanded into a six-piece, recruiting new members Harry James Angus (b. 11 June 1982, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; trumpet/vocals), Will Hull-Brown (b. 11 August 1982, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; drums) and Jamshid Khadiwhala (decks/percussion). Concentrating on their live performances rather than studio recordings, they began touring Australia, treating audiences to their high-energy live shows, featuring their unique blend of hip-hop, reggae, Latin, dance and jazz, mixed with an infectious enthusiasm for life and love for music. The quality of their performances did not remain a secret for...

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