It’s not your ordinary individual who boards a plane to London just because she absolutely has to see Nick Cave, Coldplay and Foo Fighters play live – but then 5FM DJ Catherine loves living life in the fast lane. She’s passionate about everything she turns her hand to – whether it’s transforming her passion for music into a successful radio career, doing adventure sports or helping those less fortunate.
Catherine joined 5FM as a producer in 2001 following several years in the live arena (she studied lighting, sound and stage management). Catherine worked With Mark Gillman (Breakfast show host on 5FM) and then moved to afternoons with DJ Fresh, where she produced and presented the traffic. Catherine also earned her own show (Live)5 where her real passion lies, promoting local music. Catherine has subsequently moved back to the mornings with DJ Fresh on 5FM as Executive Producer.
She has a vast knowledge for radio, which is only enhanced by her extensive interviewing track record (she has chin wagged with everyone from Piet Botha to Zachie Achmad, Charlize Theron, Pieter Dirk Uys, Pink, Arctic Monkeys, Violent Femmes, 3 Doors Down, Groove Armada, Staind, Metallica, Korn, Muse, Chris Cornell, Kaiser Chiefs, 30 seconds To Mars, Good Charlotte, (and many more).Her love of great music, both South African and international, is what makes her who she is and what contributed to such fantastic shows.
“In all honesty I do this because I love it, and I guess that I really wanted to be in a band but never got that chance,” Catherine, who is a trained musician, says.
Alongside her music, Catherine’s adventurous spirit has seen her undertake many escapades, all in the name of great radio. This adventurous rock chick has bungee jumped off the world's highest bungee bridge, shark-cage dived, abseiled and driven in an off road rally car.
On a more serious note, Catherine’s charity involvement is something she feels as passionate about as the music. As a mother, she’s no stranger to the challenges facing contemporary society and she has been involved in many charity initiatives. She climbed to the top of Kilimanjaro for a charity organization called The Lonely Road Foundation. She has ridden the Cape Argus Pick ‘n Pay Cycle Challenge twice, the first time for a close friend (Natalie’s Circle Of Love) and in 2013 for The Pink Drive. She has also swum the Midmar Mile 2013 with her 12 year old son for The Pink Drive. She has a lot more charity work coming up for this year and hopes to change and influence people for the greater good. Catherine is also an Ambassador for The Children’s Radio Foundation and WWF SASSI.
“I really like being able to make a difference in the lives of people. But I also love the fact that I can help South African groups get into the lives of music fans through the (Live)5 show. There is such great talent out there and that makes my job easy.”
Catherine has extended her love of music to DJ’ing and plays a wide variety of genres from Rock, Deep House, Electro House as well as commercial. Catherine has taken part in many events including Rocking the Daisies, OppiKoppi and Synergy. In 2014 Catherine launched a CD along with Poppy Ntshongwana and Tom Novy called Music in You.
“Catherine is a pleasure to work with. She is credible as a brand ambassador and her market love her. We found that she went above and beyond to work with us and contributed many of her own ideas to the project. We will be working with her again soon!” - Gillian Ezra, COO, Simfy Africa.
“The easiest person in the industry to work with. We love our Cath.” -Matt Hallowes, CEO, Mattchbox Productions
“Catherine is an elite professional in her field and brings a amazing mix of rock and corporate to any event with such grace and flair!” –Michael Collyer, Events executive, CLA Brand and Event Engineering
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