After a close-on two decade career, Resin Dogs member Katch is anxious to hit the stage once again. â€œIt feels good, it's funny because when we were doing our thing half of these acts weren't even around,â€ Katch says, referring to the line-up for the inaugural Sprung Festival.
â€œIt's good to be on the bill and see some of the younger kids coming up and the people that we know of and have worked with before; itâ€™s kind of like a hip hop camp.â€
Katch and the Resin Dogs don't see Sprung solely as a chance to perform to an adoring public, rather they have widened their scope to see the greater effect the festival will have on Australian hip hop culture.
â€œSprung is solely dedicated to hip hop, it's a new thing being tried out that hasn't been done before on a big scale such as a festival without having to involve international and mainstream artists.
â€œTo have a festival like this is very important, it gets to showcase many sides of the culture. People can come to this festival and see breakdancing, DJing and bands - itâ€™s not all Americanism and it's not what mainstream media portray hip hop to be.â€
Although Sprung represents an opportunity for hip hop culture to grow and develop further in Australia, Katch believes more can be done.
â€œThere definitely needs to be more outlets and avenues for hip hop,â€ Katch says. â€œHip hop still hasn't got its own voice, we don't have a 24-hour hip hop radio show or a dedicated station so to have a festival like this is very important.â€
With three years having passed since the Resin Dogs released their last studio effort, â€˜Moreâ€™, Katch reveals the group is still hard at work on their latest project.
â€œWe are working on a new release but we are taking our time, we like to take our time to make things right,â€ Katch says. â€œIt's slowly coming together, we've got the basis of a record but we just need to finish off some of the collaborations. There are definitely a few songs that go in a direction that people wouldn't have thought we would do.â€
Resin Dogs will be joined by Drapht, Funkoars, Illy and others when Sprung Festival lands at Riverstage October 15. sprunghiphop.com.au