In a sometimes generic scene, where the emphasis can be on fitting into a mould, Kate Simko continues into 2011 as one of the most imaginative, captivating artists making electronic music today.
A woman of many talents, the Chicago native continues to be one of the standout dance music producers in the United States, earning the respect of her peers and catapulting her career to international success.
Cultivating her unique, genre-stepping sound, Kate has amassed notable releases on Spectral Sound, Ghostly International, Eklo, and now joins forces with lauded Berlin label Hello? Repeat. Kate’s forthcoming album ‘Lights Out,’ scheduled for April release on the aforementioned imprint, and her accompanying A/V live tour, which meshes music and a highly anticipated HD video display, promise to once again push Kate firmly out from the crowd.
In a way ‘Lights Out’ brings Kate full circle, albeit with a twist. Her debut record was a full album – ‘Shapes of Summer’ (Traum, 2003). This collaboration between Kate and Andres Bucci was also produced in South America – Santiago to be precise. On her forthcoming debut solo album Kate goes out there with the experience of releases and an accomplished dj career, as well as an extensive background in classical music that has earned her film scoring work, as well a remix project with renowned minimalist composer Philip Glass.
Kate’s unique path into music making has led to a distinct and innovative sound that has carved her niche in dance music’s avante garde.
While she established her reputation as a performer with her killer live sets, she has increasingly gained notoriety for her DJ mixes. When DJing, her creative track selection and ability to adjust to the crowd make her a rare performer who can bring both depth and fun to the party. Among the numerous clubs and festivals Kate has played, a few of the highlight sets include Berghain (Berlin), Fabric (London), the Detroit Electronic Music Festival, MUTEK (Montreal), Eleven (Tokyo), and D-Edge (Sao Paulo).
“Not only is Kate Simko a crack producer, continually evolving her unique style of pulsating, nuanced, and sensual house music. She’s also a killer DJ, the type often called a DJs’ DJ, with a wide range and an unfailing knack for finding the hidden thread between disparate tunes.” – Philip Sherburne/ Beatportal