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. In late 2010, Natasha released her first full-length album, “Expressor”, which found Kmeto delving further into experimental electronic music while staying rooted in hip-hop and R&B.; Natasha is currently at work on her next release, “The Ache” and continues to tour.
Tour highlights of 2011 include playing such events and venues as Bumbershoot, MFNW, Low End Theory (LA and SF), Decibel Festival, The Cuthbert Amphitheater and The Roseland Theater while sharing the stage with such artists as Kid Cudi, Trentemøller, Plaid, DJ Vadim, Morcheeba, Gold Panda, Meat Beat Manifesto, Daddy Kev, DJ Nobody, Gaslamp Killer, D-Styles, NastyNasty, Mexicans With Guns, Eprom, Baths, Shlohmo, Shigeto and Austin Peralta.”