happenings at unspeakable and beyond
Kate Ellwanger’s career is the stuff young music nerds dream of: She interned for Daddy Kev and partied at Low End Theory, runs her own label Unspeakable Records, records and produces as a solo artist and is a member of artist collective Team Supreme. The Olympia-born, LA-based Ellwanger, AKA DOT, calls into the studio to discuss her latest single “So Far Away,” a whimsical pop tune that takes you to the hazy summers of yesteryear. Written, recorded, mixed and mastered entirely by Ellwanger, the track is exactly what people have to come to expect from this rising west coast multi-hyphenate.
'Shelves' Filmed by Jeanette Chwan
Music and Video by Space Cubs
Audio mastered by Mikkel Gemzoe at Varibeat
"This song is about my struggle of being an introvert, but also an artist and performer in today's world where everyone and everything is so exposed because of the internet and social media. I know that I have all the tools I need, but I don't know how to get out of my own way and be ok with feeling vulnerable. It's something I'm always working on because my nature is to be more private and conservative, but music is made to be shared."
"Chak-heh. It’s a Korean word that means good, well-behaved, nice, polite; often used to describe a young woman who keeps quiet, who listens to her parents, who follows customs. A good girl." Read more about the newest single from Kelleia in her own words, and listen to the release here.
The follow-up to last year’s “Retrofuture” debut, Ellwanger says her new album explores the concept of freedom, “and our many different paths or methods of trying to obtain what we already have within us. We are so free that we build cages (limitations) and lock ourselves in.”
Sonic Summer is nearly here! Beginning this Friday, June 22nd, Dot will be leading a select group of artists from around the world in an online program to create new music, develop business strategies for independent artists, and amplify each creator's authentic voice.
We can't wait for the day when gender doesn't need to be listed in front of job titles. Until then, visit Ari's Take to see a "living" list of 150+ female producers to support their music and help normalize the roles of women in music technology.
#bbatx interviews Dot, SassyBlack, vhvl and FreshtillDef on their processes and the creative muses that keep them inspired. Read up here.
Nylon Magazine interviews 8 incredible creators in a new feature, including Unspeakable Records founder Dot (Kate Ellwanger).
All proceeds to benefit RAINN, Global Fund For Women, and Downtown Women's Center.
Read the full article on Billboard.
Keep an ear out for her newest single "Rainy Day in L.A." out 11.3.17 on Unspeakable Records.
Check out three solo sets and a jam session by renowned LA artists Astronautica, Dot, and Shiva.