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Kate Simko

How would you describe your music?

Ranges from quiet, textured ambient music, to modern classical music (Philip Glass esque), to IDM, to mostly minimal house and tech-house these days.

What is your role in your band? In the studio? In business or marketing decisions?

I am the producer, composer, performer, and business head. Everything.

Describe your gear.

Roland Juno 106 keyboard, Dave Smith Poly Evolver keyboard, Roland TR-707 drum machine, Roland TR-505 drum machine, Elektron Machinedrum drum machine, MFB-522 drum machine, Logic Audio, MOTU 828 sound card, Mackie HR-824 monitors

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Do you think being a woman and a musician is different from being a man and a musician? If so, how? Was there a moment that made a difference clear to you?

There are a lot of people who want to help take away the "burden" of doing all of the work along the way. People want to help you hook-up your cables, and maybe think it's not feminine to be holed up in a studio doing all of the intricate technical work. But, I really like to do it all myself, and I like to express myself as a woman through music.

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Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

More women are producing their own music from start-to-finish in this generation, which is great!

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Did anyone ever give you any valuable advice about making your way in the music industry? What advice would you give to a woman musician just starting out?

I was with my grandmother at a Turkish bath in Budapest and mentioned that I had been DJ'ing on the radio for a couple years. We're very close and she was shocked I'd never mentioned it. A lady in the pool overheard our conversation and said "Don't Hide Your Light Under a Bushel!" to me. I never forgot that. Definitely stay modest and don't make music for your ego. But that comment taught me that it's important to share your art with the world, not hide it.

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

I've been playing piano since I was 5 years old.. it's my natural instrument. I use analog synthesizers because they sound better than the software instruments (digital).

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