Natasha Kmeto (pronounced "kuh-meh-toe") is an electro hip-hop, singer-producer based in Portland, OR. With a rich musical background in jazz, r&b, electronic and hip-hop she likes to describe her music as "futuristic soul."
Kmeto was born and raised in California, playing and touring with bands of all genres since the age of 15. She completed the Keyboard Performance program at Musician's Institute in Hollywood and soon thereafter relocated to Portland in 2007. The move helped rekindle Natasha's creativity and passion for music which got lost in the bustle and industry of LA. Here, Kmeto was able to explore and take inspiration from her biggest influences, ranging from the cutting edge sounds of Flying Lotus to the classic soul hits of Carole King. As the Portland Mercury writes, "Kmeto's found a trance-ready spot that tugs at the sleeves of hiphop, IDM, and maybe even a tinge of goth, with a singing voice that keeps the digital zeroes and ones imbued with flesh and blood.” -Ned Lannamann, The Portland Mercury, April '10
Kmeto released her debut EP, "9" and supplemental remix EP "√9" in 2009 and began playing live regionally in early 2010.
Currently, Natasha is set to release her first full-length album, "Expressor", which finds Kmeto delving further into experimental electronic music while staying rooted in hip-hop and R&B. "Expressor" shows a marked progression in Kmeto's production and songwriting.
Natasha also continues to play live regularly, having wrapped up a great 2010 summer opening for the likes of Low End Theory residents Baths and Nobody.
Press for Natasha Kmeto:
"It would be enough for Natasha Kmeto to get by with just her voice, a powerful instrument that goes from a careful whisper to a soulful belt. But Kmeto's got a lot more going on, creating electro soundscapes that sound like R&B songs turned inside out. Chilly synths find heatseeking frequencies while screwed-up beats skitter around heavy bass; Kmeto's voice brings a distinctly human element to her digital deconstructions, creating a futuristic club music that doesn't yet have any parallel. Armed with Ableton and a mic, Kmeto's found a trance-ready spot that tugs at the sleeves of hiphop, IDM, and maybe even a tinge of goth, with a singing voice that keeps the digital zeroes and ones imbued with flesh and blood.”
-Ned Lannamann, The Portland Mercury, April '10
"Secretly, the one to watch... Stumptowner Natasha Kmeto, who both produces and sings her smoky, seductive brand of reverb-wrapped R&B."
-Matthew Singer, Willamette Week, June '10
"The Portland, OR, singer-songwriter-beatmaker creates hypnotic music, showcasing her soul-drenched voice and pulsing yet seductive beats. The result is a lot electronic, little bit hip-hop and totally raw."
-Jenn Kistler, Sacramento News and Review, March '10
"Thanks to the internet we now have daily insights into the minds of our favorite artists...In this same light, online updates allow us to learn that local electro-R&B artist Natasha Kmeto had the best rehearsal of her life the other day. Kmeto's website gives a bird's-eye view to the evolution of her unique live set—which features powerful vocals, live synths, and an army of recorded clips and effects—and the creative process of her upcoming sophomore album, Expressor. These intimate details make for a greater understanding of, and appreciation for, the artist behind the slick and gorgeous compositions."
-Maranda Bish, Portland Mercury, August '10