Kate Simko


OccupationsMusician, Composer, Producer
GenresElectronic music, Deep House, Minimal Techno




 Kate spent her childhood years studying piano and music theory. During her teens in Chicago, she fell in love with underground dance music, while also gaining a voracious appetite to hear new sounds. Her passion for electronic music eventually led to her to study music technology and piano at Northwestern University, while also directing the dance and hip-hop format of the respected radio station WNUR.

In 2001, Kate relocated for a music composition program in Santiago, Chile, where she met Andrés Bucci and recorded their first record together as Detalles. Since then, Kate has returned to South America for numerous extended trips, recording more music with Andres Bucci and playing shows in cities like Buenos Aires, Punta del Este and Caracas.

With roots in Chicago house and Detroit techno, Kate’s music maintains a warm, soulful character, full of funky bass lines and driving rhythms.

Reflecting her diverse background, Kate’s music crosses genre borders, blending rich textures and intricate programming with funky synth lines, thumping bass and groove. Her ever-changing live PA continues to be a highlight wherever she plays, at home or abroad. She has received press in The Wire, XLR8R, de:Bug, Mixmag, BPM and Remix 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 and Kupei Musika, and been remixed by Thomas Brinkmann and Atom Heart, while she has remixed Philip Glass and Aeroc.

In 2009, Simko released Music from The Atom Smashers, which was the soundtrack to a documentary about physicists at Fermilab.

Kate’s highly anticipated debut solo album Lights Out was released on Hello? Repeat records June 2011.

Kate’s song Go On Then feat. Jem Cooke topped deep house charts in 2012, and in 2013 the song was licensed to American Broadcasting Company (abc) TV show “Lucky 7” and Richie Hawtins Enter.Ibiza 2013 compilation.

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.

Kate was the first to perform electronic music at the National Gallery in London, in May 2013. She created original music inspired by the paintings in Room 34. In June 2014, Kate created custom compositions for Room 41.

Currently based in London, Kate graduated with a masters in Composition for Screen from the Royal College of Music. In 2014, and the debut of her project London Electronic Orchestra, which meshes her two major musical influences: live orchestra and electronic music.