The Bunker presents Kate Simko at Luna Lounge
The Bunker presents Kate Simko at Luna Lounge 361 Metropolitan Avenue 21+, 12a-4a
Expanding from a regimen of classical training into experiments in electronic music, Kate Simko has worked diligently for years to find her own uncompromising sound. With roots in Chicago house and Detroit techno, her tracks maintain a warm, soulful character while embracing deep, elaborate structures.
Kate spent her formative years studying piano and music theory. During her teens she became enamored by underground dance music, gaining a voracious appetite to hear new sounds and absorbing it all dancing until dawn each weekend in the Midwest. Her passion for electronic music eventually pulled her away from classical piano and led to her to study music technology at Northwestern University, while also directing the dance and hip-hop format of lauded college radio station WNUR. Towards the end of her studies, she relocated for a composition program in Santiago, Chile, where she met Andres Bucci and recorded their first record together as Detalles.
Reflecting her diverse background, Kate's music crosses tempo and genre borders, from quiet ambient soundscapes to richly textured, pulsating rhythmic tracks that stand out on the dance floor as well as the home stereo. Her intricately programmed live PA continues to be a highlight wherever she plays, at home or abroad. Gaining attention from labels and DJ's around the world, Kate has performed beside artists such as Monolake, Richie Hawtin, Michael Mayer, Four Tet, Ellen Allien, John Tejada, Magda, Swayzak and Ulrich Schnauss and played throughout the United States, Europe and South America.
She has received press in The Wire, XLR8R, de:Bug, Mixmag, BPM, Grooves Magazine and Igloo and her Detalles project was named one of the 'Next 100' artists by URB magazine. A versatile DJ, Kate was named one of the Top 10 DJ's in Chicago by XLR8R magazine. Her work has been released on Traum Schallplatten, Antenna International and Kupei Musika, and been remixed by Thomas Brinkmann and Atom Heart, while she has remixed Philip Glass and Aeroc (Geoff White), among others.
Currently, Kate holds a monthly residency at Wake Up! (Sonotheque) and works at a recording studio in Chicago. She has upcoming releases set to come out on Kupei, Spectral Sound and Chocolate Industries.
Kate has come a long way since she played live for us in May 2006. Her live set at the Beatport tent at DEMF was incredible and had a large crowd going nuts in the early afternoon. Thanks to an airport snafu, she was adopted last minute by the Bunker crew for a crazy post-festival Monday night that included making fun of a lot of famous techno people, dancing to Ryan Elliot and Matt Dear at a dive bar next to a pool table, and other shenanigans not fit for print. She also played a well received set at Mutek the next weekend with Andres Bucci as Detalles.