Gimme some Mau

Mau Mau Bar Beezkat Live

It was back in September 2015. The sun was beaming across an unusually sleepy Notting Hill. Folks were just finishing off their clear up of the Saturday market stalls as I arrived and parked up outside 265 Portobello Road – the Bohemian, mellow and cosy Mau Mau Bar. I looked across at the building and nodded in agreement as I felt the irie vibes radiate off the front wooden panelling. This was the calm before the storm as preparations were about to be underway for the evening bustle.

In the back of my car was a funky bass, monstrous rig and a shitload of effects pedals to take you to the moon and back (my band mates simply refer to my pedalboard as “The Spaceship” – if I could only experience zero gravity when carrying it!).

I was greeted at the door by the always busy and always welcoming Jay, who does a stellar job of putting on and promoting quality live music. He’s a jack of all trades in the bar running business and tends to everything you can imagine is required to run such an operation: the bar, sound tech, promotion and most importantly of all he makes sure everyone has a beer in their hand.

Fast-forward an hour or two later and all the gear was loaded in and the band sound checked. The whole bar front was opened up to the street to welcome anyone walking by, music was playing, people were coming in and the drinks were flowing. Things were hotting up and we were looking forward to getting on stage and blowing the sleep out of the eyes of the Notting Hill massive.

In no time the place was packed and it was time for Beezkat to hit the stage and bring it.

Our set began with Fin tinkling on the ivories and drawing in the attention of the unsuspecting crowd, they didn’t know what we were coming with. Fin sang an atmospheric first verse before Keri took to the stage to the beat of Aki’s four to the floor bass drum thumping away. She brought her dulcet tones to the mix for the second verse and built up the anticipation to the almighty chorus where synths were in full resonance, drums beating heavy and bass pedals set to stun. I felt an elevation and elation from the whole crowd as they cheered and bopped in agreement. It wasn’t just the crowd’s reaction or the music’s ability to lift, it was the confirmation that Beezkat were on the right track, that we’d brought a studio based concept to a live setting, that the music was finally making a tangible connection with the people who dug what we were doing.

The rest of the night continued to be awesome and the feedback received was inspiring. The wheels were in motion and we were finally on our way. This was what it was all about, the delivery of quality music, played by top musicians to the people that made it all worthwhile.

If you’d like to hear more, then you might like to check out the album 10 Seasons. It’s the latest Beezkat offering to give you more of a flavour of our ear food (nom nom nom).

Much love,
Antoine

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