Odesza (stylized as ODESZA) are an American electronic music duo that originated from Seattle, Washington. Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight met through mutual friends at Western Washington University and formed the group was formed in 2012 shortly before they graduated.
Their debut album, Summer's Gone, was released in 2012 to much acclaim in the underground electronic music community. Odesza followed Summer's Gone with their first EP, My Friends Never Die, in 2013 and their second LP, In Return, in 2014. The duo released In Return (Deluxe Edition) on September 18, 2015 via Counter Records, an extended version of the original album plus three live recordings all featuring a horn section, instrumentals, and a new track “Light (feat. Little Dragon)”. On December 7th, 2015, ODESZA’s “Say My Name (RAC mix)” was nominated for the Best Remixed Recording Grammy.
Odesza created the Foreign Family Collective in 2014 to help bring recognition to up and coming artists that have a similar sound to them.
Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight met throughout their freshman year at Western Washington University. The two didn't share the same educational interests. Knight studied physics and maths while Mills studied graphic design. They didn't begin collaborating musically until their senior year in 2012. As a child, Knight was classically trained in piano and later learned guitar.
Odesza is the Hungarian spelling for the city of Odessa, Ukraine. The band's name, however is taken from the name of Mills' uncle's sunken vessel. Only his uncle and one additional crew mate survived. Since the spelling "Odessa" was already being used by a Scottish synth band, they instead chose to use the Hungarian spelling, replacing the "ss" with "sz".
Individually Mills is known as Catacombkid, and Knight is known as Beaches Beaches. In reference to how Mills got his nickname he says, "I got into Aesop Rock and he has a song called 'Catacomb Kids.' I thought it sounded cool." On the additional hand, Knight got his nickname when, "...I was high in my bedroom making music one day…"
2012-2014: Summer's Gone and In Return
The duo quickly released their debut LP, Summer's Gone, on September 5, 2012. On November 9, 2012, ODESZA performed their first show, opening for Teen Daze and Beat Connection in Bellingham, WA. They soon hit 1 million Soundcloud plays before their debut EP, My Friends Never Die, was released a year later. ODESZA was booked to open for Pretty Lights on his Analog Future Tour in the fall of 2013. Their first headline tour kicked off on March 12, 2014. ODESZA hit 30 million Soundcloud plays on
October 1, 2014. On October 17, 2014, ODESZA's In Return North American tour sold out 28 shows. Twenty-four ODESZA tracks have hit #1 on Hype Machine, including "How Did I Get Here", "Memories That You Call", "Lights", "All We Need (Autograf Remix)", among others. Their first festival performance at Sasquatch! Music Festival in George, Washington was followed by slots at over 20 festivals, including Coachella, SXSW, Hangout Festival, Lightning in a Bottle, Governor's Ball Music Festival, Bonnaroo Music Festival, Firefly Music Festival, Free Press Summer Fest, and Lollapalooza.
2015: Foreign Family Collective
In March 2015, ODESZA launched Foreign Family Collective, an outlet for musicians and visual artists alike. Their goal is to help upcoming artists gain more exposure by releasing one-off singles. As of November 2016, there have been 39 released singles. The official website supplies updates with releases and information about the artists.
On November 11, 2015, ODESZA launched their official mobile app on iOS and Android.
Following their sold out In Return Fall Tour, ODESZA released the video for "It's Only (feat. Zyra)" on January 18, 2016.
Odesza is working on an upcoming album and has already performed three songs from it live. It will be released at some point in 2017. They will be playing the Red Rocks Amphitheatre on May 27, 2017, and at Electric Forest during the First Weekend.
|2015||In Return (Deluxe Edition)|
|2013||My Friends Never Die|
|2013||My Friends Never Die Remixes|
|2014||Say My Name Remixes|
|2015||All We Need Remixes|
|2016||It's Only Remixes|
|2015||"Light" (featuring Little Dragon)|
|2012||The Palace Garden||"Saola" (ODESZA Remix)|
|2013||Don't Talk To (EP)||RAC - "We Belong" featuring Katie Herzig (ODESZA Remix)|
|2013||A Color Map of the Sun – Remixes||"One Day They'll Know" (ODESZA Remix)|
|2014||Divergent: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack||"Lost and Found" (ODESZA Remix)|
|2014||KITTY HAWK (Deluxe Edition)||"Open Wound" (ODESZA Remix)|
|2014||Faded – The Remixes||"Faded" (ODESZA Remix)|
|2014||"Waited 4 U"||"Waited 4 U" (ODESZA Remix)|
|2014||"Big Girls Cry"||"Big Girls Cry" (ODESZA Remix)|
|2015||"Eve II"||Emancipator - "Eve II" (ODESZA Remix)|
|2015||"Something About You"||Hayden James - "Something About You" (ODESZA Remix)|
|2015||"Divinity"||Porter Robinson - "Divinity" featuring Amy Millan (ODESZA Remix)|