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Point Blank: a short ‘Behind The Scenes’ doc with Kate Simko and the LEO Orchestra

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Point Blank Music School are committed to showcasing a range of artists they feel are an inspiration to aspiring musicians everywhere, who push at the expectations of modern musicians. Kate Simko is one such musician. A Chicago native and veteran of the Midwest rave scene of the 90s, Simko has been around her fair share of pioneering artists. The inspiration gleaned from watching the likes of Derrick May and Derrick Carter, as well as her classical training and talent for the craft, has resulted in a widely respected career on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Recently, with the London Electronic Orchestra, she has added another (ahem) string to her bow. Point Blank headed down the road from their London school and caught up with Kate backstage at her recent show at the Jazz Cafe to find out what goes into their remarkable show.

Kate Simko’s career has largely been about distilling her training in classical and jazz piano, via the underground sounds of her native Chicago. The crossover was sparked while studying a bachelor’s degree in music and DJing on local radio simultaneously. She went on to study in Chile and release ‘Shapes of Summer’ with Andres Bucci. She has since gone on to release on Leftroom, Spectral Sound and more recently Vinyl Factory, which is where you’ll find the LEO releases.

If you want to learn everything about making music from composition to sound design to live performance, the BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree in London is Point Blank’s most comprehensive course, covering all that and more. Take a Virtual Tour to take a look at the studios, or, if you live elsewhere, check out their Online Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree. For more info visit the PB contact page.

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