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Miss Kittin (born Caroline Hervé, 1973 in Grenoblemarker, Francemarker) is an electronic music DJ, vocalist, and songwriter.

At age 22 she began DJing, spinning records in France, Moscowmarker and Chicagomarker with Mike Dearborn. Soon after she met DJ Hell in Marseillemarker who wanted her to record for his International DJ Gigolo label. She presented him with the EP Champagne that she recorded with The Hacker. Miss Kittin and the Hacker released First Album in 2001. Several tracks, such as "1982" and "Frank Sinatra", became anthems of the electroclash scene.

Kittin expressed an interest in the visual arts - she studied both contemporary and graphic arts. As time progressed, however, Kittin found herself emulating her parents' musical tastes by developing an interest in musical genres ranging from classic, jazz, funk, and disco to English pop. Finding her niche in electronic music in 1991, Kittin raved all around the country before doing her first mix in April 1993. Her first set came one year later in 1994, at which time she started her career with Tekmics Booking Agency, playing in the famous Dragon Ball wild parties of Southern Francemarker.

In pursuit of other opportunities, Kittin left France in 1996 and relocated to Genevamarker, Switzerlandmarker, where she would join the Mental Groove Record Posse one year later. Through years of an exciting and mobile career as a DJ, Miss Kittin is confident with her own personal sound. She states, "I get quickly bored when I listen to the same sound. DJs have to take risks, without only thinking about what people want to hear. Some people say I'm too technical. That's true, but this technique also gives me the freedom to concentrate only on music."

She has become one of the most important figures in electroclash, working with not only The Hacker, but also Felix da Housecat, Chicks on Speed, and Golden Boy. In 2002, she released a techno music compilation under her own name (Miss Kittin on the Road). Her debut solo CD I Com has elements from different electronic styles and is more experimental than her previous records.

Her other collaborations include Sven Vath, Steve Bug, and Ellen Allien (for remixes).

In 2006, she released Miss Kittin Live at Sónar, recorded at the famous electronic music festival Sónar in Barcelona. She plays her own tracks, among others tracks from Aphex Twin, Modeselektor, Boom Bip. 2006 also saw the release of a double-disc CD Miss Kittin: A Bugged Out mix.

Two years in the making and almost four years since her debut album I Com, Miss Kittin announced her second album, BatBox for a February 2008 release. BatBox comprises thirteen original songs, all composed whilst touring throughout the world.

2008 also saw the reuniting of Miss Kittin & The Hacker as a duo again, after a short tour of European clubs at the end of 2007, and the "Hometown EP" released in June that year. Further touring followed throughout America and around the world in 2008, before they both started recording new songs, some of which were performed whilst touring. April 2009 sees the release of their sophomore album "Two" together, 8 years after their first and only full LP as a duo. The first single "1000 Dreams" was released in March 2008, alongside a new club single "PPPO - People Pleasure Objects Power", both taken from the new album. The reformed duo have embarked on a new European tour all summer in 2008, kicking off in France in early April.

Influences

Hervé has mentioned her admiration for Maurice Dantec, Serge Gainsbourg, Laurent Garnier, Kompakt, Thomas Brinkmann, Sven Väth, Chicks on Speed, Madonna, Prince, Adult., Dopplereffekt, Drexciya, Fischerspooner, Rush, Felix da Housecat, Dr. Dre, Bret Easton Ellis, James Ellroy, Frank Sinatra, Mute Records, Warp Records, Autechre, Boards of Canada, Andrew Weatherall, Richard D. James, Stanley Kubrick, Cabaret Voltaire, New Order, DAF, Visage, Ultravox, Fad Gadget, Front 242, Depeche Mode, Kiss, Indochine, and David Bowie.

Discography

  • First Album (with The Hacker) (2001)
  • On the Road (2002)
  • Or (with Golden Boy) (2002)
  • Miss Kittin: Radio Caroline, Vol.1 (2003)
  • I Com (2004)
  • Live at Sónar (2006)
  • A Bugged Out Mix (2006)
  • BatBox (2008)
  • Two (with The Hacker) (2009)


References

  1. Miss Kittin released 'BatBox' in late January 2008 on the Nobody's Bizness label
  2. Liner notes, First Album by Miss Kittin and the Hacker
  3. Liner notes, Radio Caroline Volume 1
  4. liner notes, I.Com


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