Kate Simko guests at Equalised and Introduction
Kate Simko is unapologetic about her geekiness. What will her live show consist of, I ask? ‘It’s truly a live performance,’ she replies in her email, ‘with an analogue drum machine, MIDI controller and laptop. Well, fingers crossed. I just realised the tempo button on my Roland TR-505 is broke, so I hope my new MFB-522 drum machine arrives in time for the tour.’ Civilians and non-trainspotters: just leave her to it.
Despite her tech-geekery Simko creates music of an unusual tenderness and delicacy, particularly considering this Chicago girl started out going to ‘underground parties and raves as a teenager.’ Right now, Simko is working on her first full length album for Spectral Sound (also the US home of Matthew Dear) and a side project with Tevo Howard, but her ambitions lie beyond the dancefloor. Her first remix was of a Philip Glass track, she’s released a soundtrack to a documentary about physicists entitled Music From the Atom Smashers and she’s constructing an audio-visual installation with Jeffrey Weeter. ‘I absolutely love this kind of work,’ she says. ‘It’s something I can picture myself doing more regularly in the future, when I’m a little too old to be hanging late at the club. I’d like to make music that is appreciated as art, not just for booty-shaking.’
Equalised at Stereo, Glasgow, Fri 16 Apr; Introduction at Studio 24, Edinburgh, Sat 17 Apr