Kate Simko

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Biography

  • Kate Simko has carved an international career as an electronic music producer, film composer, live performer, and DJ. Hailing from Chicago, Kate’s music reflects the the city’s underground sounds, as well her background in classical piano and jazz music.
    One of dance music’s most unique and standout artists, Kate Simko shines through with her modern Chicago-influenced sound. Kate was welcomed into the dance music scene via the iconic Spectral Sound label alongside Matthew Dear, Ryan Elliot, Seth Troxler, Lee Curtiss, and Benoit & Sergio. Since then her catalogue has grown to include releases on Get Physical, Hello?Repeat, The Vinyl Factory, Leftroom, No.19, Sasha’s Last Night On Earth imprint, and Jamie Jones’ Emerald City. A classically trained musician with Chicago roots, her diverse musical background emanates throughout. Whether remixing Philip Glass to Guy Gerber, touring an interactive audio-visual live set, forming her own electronic-classical ensemble, scoring a feature film, or launching an electronic-hybrid show for 70-piece orchestra with Jamie Jones, Kate pushes the boundaries of dance music. Named one of Chicago’s “Top 10 DJs” by XLR8R Magazine, Kate has performed at some of the world’s leading locations such as Berghain, Panorama Bar, Warung, fabric, the Montreal Jazz Festival, Movement Festival, MUTEK, Eleven in Tokyo and Fuse in Brussels. Kate began DJing on WNUR radio in Chicago in the early 2000’s and has collected vinyl since the late 90’s. Her main influences as a DJ are Chicago and Detroit heritage, mixed with other raw, jackin’ and cutting tracks from across the globe. Now London-based, Kate launched her live band London Electronic Orchestra, featuring harp, strings, and Kate on keys. The group has made waves worldwide, including festivals like Latitude, Bestival, Festival No 6, and Wonderfruit in Thailand, and at shows in Ibiza, New York, Chicago, and beyond. Highly rated UK label The Vinyl Factory released the debut ‘Kate Simko & London Electronic Orchestra’ album to critical acclaim. Melodic, driving, jacking and funky, Kate’s distinctive sound continues to inspire dance floors across the globe.
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    Selected discography

    Original Music Strumm EP Kupei Musika 2006 Cityscape EP Kupei Musika 2007 Gamelan / Margie's Groove Spectral Sound 2008 She Said EP Spectral Sound 2008 Music From The Atom Smashers Ghostly International 2009 Take You There Spectral Sound 2009 Lost In Time EP Eklo 2010 Mind On You EP Hello? Repeat 2011 Lights Out LP Hello? Repeat 2011 Sit Back EP with Anthony Collins- Supplement Facts 2011 Compilations Osci Spectral Sound 2008 Clean Living Spectral Sound 2008 Zhivago Spectral Sound 2010 Tracks Appear On: Berghain 2 Ostgut Ton 2008 Circoloco 10 Years Anniversary Moon Harbour 2008 Time Warp Compilation 09 Time-Warp 2009 Selected Remixes Philip Glass - Houston Skyline OMM 2005 Dreamtime Resubmerged Thoughtless Music 2008 Styrofoam- Other Side Of Town Nettwerk 2008 Lauren Flax feat. SIA - You've Changed DANR Music 2009 Battle for Mouths Mean 2010 Dilo - Waheira Igloo 2010 Guy Gerber - Hate/Love 2011 Tevo Howard - Move 2011 Laura Jones - Love In Me - 2011 Francis Harris - Living Lips - 2012 Collaborations Detalles "Shapes of Summer" CD, album Traum 2003 Detalles "Hello Donee" EP Kupei Musika 2006 Detalles "Micros Morning" CD, album Kupei Musika 2007