Who is ODESZA?

ODESZA is a production duo consisting of Catacombkid and
BeachesBeaches.

In 2012, a striking new voice emerged from the
wider surge of electronic music in the U.S. ODESZA’s
Summer’s Gone stood out from the crowd; it was a
collection of songs, not just beats; and its
irresistible, startling dreaminess, addictive drums
and fathoms-deep bass set it apart from the by-the- numbers brutality of EDM’s also-rans. In an age of
manufactured internet buzz and carefully plotted
hype, ODESZA’s story was refreshingly authentic: A
brilliant new duo unveiled their music on the
internet, and the world paid attention. Harrison Mills (aka CatacombKid) and Clayton Knight
(aka BeachesBeaches) began recording together
after meeting at Western Washington University.
There was instant chemistry, and the pair worked
prolifically, quickly carving out a distinctive, heady
sound: glitched-out vocals, soaring, visceral melody and ear-gripping drums. Two songs from Summer’s
Gone – “How Did I Get Here” and “iPlayYouListen” –
instantly leapt to number 1 on the Hype Machine
Popular Chart. ODESZA began to make evangelical
fans, with word of their music setting the world –
both real and virtual – alight. 2013 saw the release of the My Friends Never Die
EP, with three of the five tracks hitting #1 on Hype
Machine. Relentless touring followed, including
dates with Pretty Lights and Emancipator and
numerous festival performances including Sasquatch
Music Festival and Lightning In A Bottle. Thrown in at the deep end, ODESZA quickly honed a live craft to
match that of their recordings. The duo was playing to larger and larger crowds
when Pretty Lights asked them to be the support act
on the fall Pretty Lights tour, and to remix “One Day
They’ll Know,” which also hit #1 on Hype Machine
and #8 on the iTunes Electronic Chart. Later in 2013,
ODESZA selected their favourite producers for a follow up remix EP, My Friends Never Die Remixes,
and launched the ambitious, ongoing mixtape series
NO.SLEEP. February 2014 brought the release of the ODESZA
single “Sun Models (feat. Madelyn Grant,)” taken
from the duo’s forthcoming second album. This song
continued the trend they’d set previously, and it too
hit #1 on Hype Machine. In March 2014 ODESZA’s
remix of Pretty Lights’ “Lost And Found” was released on the DIVERGENT movie soundtrack, and
(you guessed it!) hit #1 on Hype Machine. Harrison and Clayton headed back into the studio,
putting the finishes touches to their forthcoming
second album, before setting out on a sold out North
American tour in Spring, culminating in a
performance at Coachella. Not wanting to leave
their growing legion of fans wanting, the duo’s remix of ZHU’s hit “Faded” was released, taking their #1s
on the Hype Machine chart straight into double
figures. Summer 2014 saw ODESZA visit Australia to play a
series of live dates, before heading back to North
America for festivals, and to polish up and master
their now hotly anticipated sophomore album. And finally that brand new album is here. In Return
has more than just delivered on the promise of
ODESZA’s previous work. A record with a precocious
maturity and coherence, it’s a start-to-finish stunner
of pop-infused, electronic wonder, littered with
infectious hooks and potent atmosphere. Vocal performances from Zyra, Py and Shy Girls accompany
that of Madelyn Grant on Sun Models, expertly
worked into ODESZA’s trademark, mood-altering
uplift. ODESZA developed a new live performance to
accompany In Return, ensuring that the shows do full
justice to the album. Their work ethic and constant
evolution resulted in a sold out headline tour of
North America this fall and has set them up for a
successful first European tour. 2015 brings an even more ambitious live production which ODESZA will
unveil at every major music festival across the
United States. One of the stunning aspects of ODESZA is the speed
with which they’ve created a large, devoted fanbase
– testament to just how refreshing, immediate and
exciting their music is. To date, ODESZA has earned
16 Hype Machine #1s, amassed over 35 million
SoundCloud streams and 15.3 million Spotify plays in the last 60 days, and been licensed by Adidas,
GoPro, Piz Buin and many more.In Return debuted at
#1 on the Billboard Electronic chart, #42 on the
Billboard Top 200 chart, # 1 on the iTunes Electronic
Chart where it spent 15 days in a row, cracked the
iTunes Electronic Chart Top 10 in 7 other countries outside the U.S., and reached #20 on the iTunes
Overall Albums chart. Their breakout single,”Say My
Name (feat. Zyra),” reached #1 on the Hype Machine
popular chart twice, #1 on the Spotify US Viral Chart,
#2 on the Spotify Global Chart and was named
iTunes Single of the Week in many countries around the globe. The “Say My Name” video was named a
Vimeo staff pick and saw airplay on MTV Hits, MTVU
and Fuse. ODESZA has also been commissioned to
make remixes for Charli XCX, Angus & Julia Stone
and many more to come. That’s a lot of people paying attention! In Return is
everything fans might have hoped for and then
some: An album that places ODESZA firmly in the
vanguard of electronic music’s coming of age. “Despite the many voices featured on the album, the
sound is unified under a groove, built on ODESZA’s
multi-layered melodies, spaced-out beats and
cinematic charm.” – TIME “Every track off of their latest album In Return hangs
between blithe, ethereal spaces and thumping
percussion, like fuzzy clouds punctuated by dope-ass
thunder. The duo keep things unpredictable, never
relying on same beat for too long, their music
making you feel as if you’re being teleported into the future that’s nostalgic for the past.” – Noisey “Mixed in with their classic approach are a number
of choice guest appearances and snazzy experiments
that push the limits of their sound.” – Seattle Times “…a surging contra-EDM movement..the duo blend
deep house, bass, garage, chill wave and glitch-hop
into an occasionally nostalgic but always airy
summer soundtrack.” – Herald Sun (Australia) “There’s a certain finger-on-the-pulse feeling with
ODESZA. Their grasp on the direction of electronic
music sets them apart and they’re becoming the
gold standard of acts born from sounds exchanged
on the internet.” – Paste Magazine “ODESZA has already demonstrated the ability to
take root in the future and garage house genre as a
power team to watch, and continues to showcase
their forward thinking ear for the genre’s sound.” –
Dancing Astronaut.

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