Kate Simko has carved an international career as an electronic musician, film composer, DJ, and live performer. Hailing from Chicago, Kate’s music reflects the influences of the city’s underground sounds, as well her background in classical piano and jazz music.
Kate received a Bachelor of Music in Music Technology from Northwestern University. At this time, she also began DJing on the college radio station (WNUR), which inspired a shift from classical piano studies to her own compositions. In 2002, Kate studied composition under Aliocha Salavera in Santiago, Chile, and recorded her first full-length album Shapes of Summer with Chilean electronic producer, Andres Bucci. The duo’s debut was released on Traum Records (Germany) and the group was named one of the “Next 100 Artists” by URB Magazine (USA).
Kate’s musical output includes three albums, various EPs, film soundtracks, audio-visual performances, live sets and DJ sets around the world. Kate’s background caught the attention of Philip Glass, for whom she did a remix of Houston Skyline, which was in Billboard’s “Top 100 Classical Chart,” and played on radio stations across the USA. This led to performances of the piece alongside the Philip Glass Ensemble, and the song was nominated as a finalist in the International Songwriting Competition. In 2008, Kate composed the score for the PBS feature documentary, The Atom Smashers and the soundtrack album was later released on Ghostly International. More recently, Kate created the sound design for The School for Scandal at the Barbican Centre in 2011, and her song Go On Then feat. Jem Cooke reached Top 10 standing on various year-end lists in house music in 2012.
Kate has established her reputation as a performer with interactive audio-visual live sets and cutting edge DJ mixes. Named one of Chicago’s “Top 10 DJs” by XLR8R Magazine, Kate has played clubs and festivals around the world, including Berghain (Berlin), Fabric (London), the Detroit Electronic Music Festival, MUTEK (Montreal), Eleven (Tokyo), D-Edge (Sao Paulo), and Millennium Park (Chicago).
Kate is currently a post-graduate student in Composition for Screen at the Royal College of Music.