a producer in tune with the
global dance poetic

How many spoken word DJs can you name?…exactly. Assuming you know of none or very few we think you only really need to know about one: LAPKAT ... The way in which Lisa mixes languages, cultures and sounds is a form of poetry within itself.
— Poejazzi

LAPKAT is Lisa Greenaway, a DJ, radio maker and creative spoken word/ sound producer out of Melbourne, Australia. As DJ LAPKAT, Lisa creates lyrical, kinetic mixes of global rhythm and melody, multilingual poetry and story. Spoken word artists, poets, storytellers, griots, emcees, cantati, chanteurs ... stories old and new, lost and found treasures, voices and languages from around the world mixed with music ranging from folk traditions to the cross-cultural collaborations of the global bass movement. Minimal beats made for slow dances, passionate voices and a stream of social consciousness.

LAPKAT presents a monthly podcast, 'La Danza Poetica' which is broadcast on Radio Groovalizacion and Chimeres Greece. Featuring poetry, hip hop, folk traditions and global beats, LDP is a deep exploration into the many worlds, one world poetic groove. 

Lisa is also a sound artist and producer, collaborating with poets and musicians on spoken word and music recordings, and with visual artists on installation works,  from small-scale headphone installations to large-scale surround sound. 

DJ Lapkat is the critic for those who have none, the DJ for those who have none. Her committed explorations have brought the world of spoken word poetry and music into united perspective. She is a force of nature. Gathering all the sound branches of the poet tree. May it continue.
— Tanya Evanson, Banff / Mother Tongue Media


Lisa Greenaway has been working with music, sound, spoken word poetry and storytelling for over two decades as a performer, producer, sound artist, writer and broadcaster.

Trained as a specialist audio engineer at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (Radio National Audio Arts, Radio Drama and Classic FM) Lisa's work encompasses studio production, broadcast, installation, theatre and live performance - from small-scale headphone installations to large-scale surround sound. Most recently Lisa collaborated on two major White Night 2017 commissions – 'The Night Garden' and 'The Seadragon's Lair' for the State Library of Victoria.

Lisa also works in Melbourne and Europe as DJ LAPKAT, producing collaborative tracks and live mixes that incorporate multilingual spoken word and poetry, archival cinematic samples and sounds with minimal bass, electronic and folktronic music from around the world. She has created special, thematic mixes for events such as the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Queensland Poetry Festival, State of Design Festival, Elles Tournent/Dames Draaien festival Brussels, among many others. She presents the global monthly podcast La Danza Poetica for Groovalizacion Radio.

Lisa’s two decades of work with spoken word and oral storytelling infuses her work with a distinctive, subtle narrative understanding. From the spoken word / soundscape production team 'Howlings in the Head' and her weekly program 'SubText' on Melbourne’s TripleRFM in the 1990s (the station's first show to focus on new, local spoken word and monologue performance); through her work with poetry and experimental documentary at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Radio National and Triple J; as co-founder of the Word Wrestling Federation, Australia's first team slam series; as editor of international spoken word journal 'Going Down Swinging' and co-host of Uber Lingua’s 'Dialectic Radio' - her focus has always been on the art of oral storytelling within the context of sound/music listening experiences.

As a spoken word artist Lisa collaborated with producers, musicians and poets throughout the 1990s-2000's - including David Macken, Phil Wales, Trevor Brown and Richard Watts - performing around Australia in festivals and venues and on radio, as well as producing many live events featuring spoken word artists, songwriters, mcs, musicians, visual and sound artists. 

Drawing on her extensive global collection of poetry and hip hop Lisa began mixing live as DJ LAPKAT in 2009 with the encouragement and inspiration of Uber Lingua’s DJ555. She has since brought her unique spoken word and music mixes to festivals, venues, parties and slams in Australia and Europe, as well as presenting innovative radio and podcast shows, and special mixtapes celebrating both living and 'in spirit' poets and musicians from around the globe. The blog at lapkat.com also begun in 2009 chronicles Lisa's journey of learning via the poetic voice and the musical beauty of language.

Collaborating with poets and storytellers, radio, labels, DJs and producers around the world, LAPKAT not only mixes up the existing, but is actively working to extend the reach of the recorded story and bring the essential spoken word art to a greater global audience.

LAPKAT live performances include residencies in Melbourne at Horse Bazaar (Dialectic Sessions/Uber Lingua), Pure Pop Records, Señor BBQ, Ferdydurke, and as resident DJ for the 2011 Overload Poetry Festival. Other festival performances include Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2012, the Summer Renaissance Festival in 2012/'13, Renaissance Easter Festival and Peats Ridge 2012. Also in 2012 LAPKAT played in Paris, Berlin (Headful of Bees/Berlin Music Week) and Brussels (Groovalizacion/Warrior Poets/Elles Tournent/Dames Draaien festival), and began the 'La Danza Poetica' podcast for Radio Groovalizacion. In 2013 Lisa travelled to Ibiza, Spain, as resident DJ for the Chilli Rooms Studios Ibiza, playing at Restaurante es Boldado on the island. 

Back in Melbourne in to begin a Masters in Applied Linguistics and Languages at University of Melbourne, across 2014-15 LAPKATwas resident DJ for the Tuesday 'Jazz in the Attic/Voices in the Attic' music/spoken word nights at Ferdydurke, Melbourne, as well as playing various feature sets around the city including the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Multicultural Arts Victoria's 'Emerge' Festival, and at the Queensland Poetry Festival (Brisbane). Across 2014-15 she also produced special mixes and programs for Triple R FM and SBS Chill digital radio in Australia, Laid-Back Radio (LDBK) in Belgium, Latin Bass Mexico Records in Mexico, and the 'c i r c e' project in Athens, Greece.

In July 2015 Lisa travelled to Greece and Spain, playing DJ sets in Athens and in Ibiza. LAPKAT released a track with Hazara poet Farkhonda Akbar on the Multicultural Arts Victoria album "Visible 10", performing with Farkhonda at the Melbourne Festival August 2015. She also produced a track featuring the voices of the Women of the Great River project, for inclusion on the album "VOX" - part of the ongoing 'c i r c e' collaboration - and remixed the VOX album for exhibition spaces in Athens, Greece, in December 2015 and for release on 7MNS records in January 2016. 

Throughout 2016, Lisa worked collaboratively on projects including a track with poet Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa, the audio/visual installation "IDEATION" at the State Library of Victoria for White Night Melbourne 2016, "Finish Line" special audio/visual installation commission with ProjectionTeknik for State Library Victoria, and a documentary mix for Footscray Community Arts Centre. She also created an hour-long cut-up tribute to David Bowie for the "Fuck You, Cancer" benefit in Melbourne. LAPKAT DJ gigs included Candy Royalle, Tanya Evanson, the Rockin' for West Papua benefit.

In early 2017 Lisa produced soundscapes for two major installations at White Night Melbourne - "The Night Garden" and "The Seadragon's Lair". She also took part in the Women of the World (WOW) festival's "Women, Art & Politics" residency producing sound for live performance and a one-hour sound installation, working with artists Lena Caminha (Timor Leste), Sadaf Saaz (Bangladesh), Fitriani Dwi Kurniasih (Indonesia), Heather Horrocks (AUS), Mallika Taneja (India), Ahmarnya Price (AUS), Leticia Caceres (Argentina/AUS) and Bigoa Chuol (Sudan/AUS). With production taking up most of her time, DJ sets have been few in 2017, but LAPKAT emerged in May for the Slamalamadingdong Grand Final poetry slam at Melba Spiegeltent.


Image: "creating" by Andrew Topel

Image: "creating" by Andrew Topel

With the LAPKAT project my aim is to create open spaces for listening to poets, storytellers and languages from around the world. This is a global exploration of poetic language and oral storytelling, a person-to-person, contemporary, collaborative journey into the stories and voices that unite and the cultures that define. A celebration of the resurgence of oral storytelling - as slam, as spoken word, as hip hop - in global 'pop' consciousness, with a mind to the origins.

My blogs and radio shows share these explorations in story, language and music and my own developing journeys in production and collaboration. I love to hear from poets, spoken word and hip hop artists, storytellers, working in all the world's languages. Get in touch!