Over the last 2 years, Kata Dumur has been carving a name for herself in Europe as a Singer/songwriter and music producer. Read about her amazing musical journey in her own words.
I originally came from Warsaw in Poland, but have always felt like a citizen of the world. I knew since childhood that I wanted to be a musician, as music has always had a very special place in my life. I tried guitar and piano, but what grabbed me the most was electronic music and computer programming. In experiments with tape recordings and late 90s computer applications I found the way I wanted my music to go.
My favourite bands of the teenage time were U2, Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, Kraftwerk, cold wave bands like X-Mal Deutschland, 4AD label or alternative new artists like Bjork, PJ Harvey, Garbage to name just a few.
As I was 17 I decided I have to do something more professional with my voice and had been searching for a way to present it to the public and train it at the same time. Luckily there was an audition for a local choir lead by a young conductor. Here I met inspiring people, learned new areas of choral music across ages as well as proper singing techniques. After four years I needed to take a step forward and took one year solo training with a classical opera singer.
At that point I tried out lots of music software and listened to a lot of electronic music: significant for the 2000s minimal techno, german labels like BPitch Control or Kompakt. Somehow unexpectedly it lead me to dig deeper into dark wave and electro industrial scene, thanks to that I met many of my lifetime friends, artists of all kinds.
Years have passed but my own music had been lying down at the bottom of a drawer… until 2012, when the urge to finally make it and send it out to people was too strong 😉 I started from nothing and wrote Gave Up, paradoxically giving me power and confidence to go forward. A few more tracks followed which received good feedback from friends.
2013 was a life changing year for me. Through the Yellofier music contest, organised by Boris Blank of Yello and Håkan Lidbo, I came in contact with Munich based producer Marco Seibt aka [domestic-music]. He was stunned by Gave Up and immediately asked me for separate tracks in order to make a remix. The quality of our collaborative work exceeded our expectations. We decided to meet and start a project together: DM-KD (which stands for domestic-music) and Kata Dumur.
I moved to Munich and since then I’m producing and recording my new material, a bit dark, atmospheric, sometimes dramatic, yet deeply electronic and I appreciate a good beat as you can hear in Airbase or In here. The inspiration for my lyrics mostly come when I’m alone, which is somehow naturally fitting with the music. I try to be very spontaneous when I write, but never trivial. A larger publication awaits in the near future. For DM-KD‘s future live shows, we’ve created a concept which combines 3D mapping, creative coding and interaction in order to give the audience not only musical, but overall new media experience – so watch this space! Generally we see DM-KD as a wide artistic project, that’s why we create all of our videos and develop our web presence ourselves.
I am currently working on EP material for DM-KD. The EP is planned to have a crowd founding campaign around November, so stay tuned! Lastly, I would like to express my deep admiration of female electronic artists, growing more and more on the international music scene.
To find out more about Kata Dumur, check out her Website, SoundCloud, FaceBook and Twitter. To find out more about her work with Domestic Music, check out their Website, SoundCloud, Google+, Facebook and Twitter.
Photographs used with permission from Kata Dumur and made by Marta Kowalewska of Studio 5/65 in Warsaw, Poland.