Kate Havnevik Biography
Last updated: 06/20/2012 12:00:00 PM
Now based back in Oslo, after a lengthy stint in New York and London, Norwegian chanteuse, Kate Havnevik has rightfully earned favourable comparisons to such vocally gifted artists as Kate Bush and Goldfrapp. Kate's music naturally embraces the finest elements of electronica, pop/rock, folk, classical and trip-hop with audible brushes of her extensive travel dusted throughout.
Raised by classically trained, musician parents, she first dreamt of a career as a jazz guitarist, but soon discovered a talent for writing and latched on to pop, trip-hop, even Oslo's fertile Blitz punk scene of the '90s, before locating to Liverpool in the UK to study music herself. Kate soon found her voice and developed her skills as a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.
Kate's debut album, Melankton, (2007) received critical acclaim both in the UK and the U.S.A, resulting with a phenomenal 8 out of 12 tracks being woven into the narrative of hit US TV show, Grey's Anatomy. Much of her music has also been featured on West Wing, Windfall, OC and InJustice.
Her dedicated fans (or 'Havnevikings') have been clamouring for a follow up to Melankton ever since. Their patience is about to be rewarded in spades, as the music on Kate's new album takes her unique blend of atmospheric, ethereal electronica, distinctive smouldering vocals and cosmopolitan influences to soaring new heights.
Two years in the making and produced by long time collaborators Guy Sigsworth (Bjork, Madonna, Seal) and Petter Haavik (Ost & Kjex) the album once again shows Kate's knack for dovetailing her own talents with those of incredible collaborators; Trumpet virtuoso, Jon Hassell, Norwegian Trumpet player Arve Henriksen, and with Adam Young (aka Owl City) lending his post-production and mixing skills to the beautiful song 'Think Again' - Kate having met him when she opened for the Grammy nominee, on his major US tour.
Kate's versatility as a vocalist and songwriter is in evidence with her continued recorded and live collaborations with a diverse selection of the cream of the electronica genre. From fellow countrymen Royksopp, to UK Dubstep innovators Engine-Earz; LA electronica hipster Carmen Rizzo through to multi-platinum German trance composer Schiller. Kate co-wrote 3 tracks for the latter's Atemlos (released Mar '10) and toured Europe extensively with German hipsters, Schiller in 2011. Another recent live highlight was opening for kindred spirit, Imogen Heap at Oslo's Rockefeller and performing for a London TED seminar.
Kate also recently joined forces with Talvin Singh for a concert in Brighton, an experience the Indian Dub Foundation creator and Mercury Prize winner described as 'a dream come true'. Kate and Talvin will soon be heading into the studio together, watch this space!
Melankton, as well as all previous EPs and singles are available through this website (just click Store) and her eagerly awaited new album, 'You' will be available very, very soon.