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.
Selected discography Kate Simko
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
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
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
Detalles "Shapes of Summer" CD, album Traum 2003
Detalles "Hello Donee" EP Kupei Musika 2006
Detalles "Micros Morning" CD, album Kupei Musika 2007