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For producer, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist Kate Ellwanger, a fusion of electronic, indie rock, and R&B elements has awarded her a role as a one of the scene's most respected emerging producers. Whether providing cutting edge beats as part of LA beat collective Team Supreme, or fulfilling her role as founder of the womxn-focused music label Unspeakable Records, Ellwanger is a champion for the often unsung female producer. Her music has been praised by the best in tastemaker media, including features in Nylon, Pitchfork, Red Bull, LA Weekly, Okayfuture, MTV Brazil, C-Heads Magazine, Nest HQ, Ableton, and BBC Radio 1xtra. As an active supporter of her local and global music communities, Ellwanger is also a voting member of The Recording Academy, and contributor to MusiCares. 

After debuting her live set at Low End Theory, the infamous hip-hop/electronic night at The Airliner in Los Angeles, she continues to tour regularly as both a DJ and live performer, gracing the stages of world-famous venues including The El Rey Theater (LA) The Echoplex (LA), Output (New York), Home Club (Singapore), and live streaming performances for Moog and Red Bull Music Academy. Previous DJ clients include Warner Music Group, The GRAMMY Museum, Ableton, Mixmag, W Hotels, and Triple J Australia. When she's not traveling, Ellwanger holds down a residency at the Ace Hotel Los Angeles.

In addition to her solo work, Ellwanger has produced for artists including SZA (TDE) and Teri GenderBender (Le Butcherettes, Bosnian Rainbows), and writes music for film/TV and commercials with clients including MTV, OWN, Laura Mercier, and a VR Installation score for the LA Times. Her extensive knowledge of music production and creative strategies also led to her participation as a panelist at Loop Berlin: Ableton’s summit for music makers. She has also taught music production and composition at critically-acclaimed institutions including The Los Angeles Recording School, Dubspot, Point Blank, and Garnish.

Born and raised in Olympia, WA, Dot’s upbringing in the Pacific Northwest and background in classical music had a profound impact on her current aesthetics and influences. She moved to Southern California at the age of 17 to study music, which quickly led to her immersion in the LA beat scene and signing to Alpha Pup Records. Ellwanger holds a B.A. in Music from Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music at Chapman University, and is a candidate for a Master’s Degree in Music Production, Technology, and Innovation from Berklee College of Music. In addition to her background in classical and contemporary music, she has over 15 years of study in mindfulness practices from multiple traditions, including yoga, meditation, and psychospiritual development.