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Odesza performing at the Arlington Theater in April 2015
Background information
Origin Seattle, Washington, United States
Years active 2012–present
Website www.odesza.com
Members Harrison Mills
(aka Catacombkid)
Clayton Knight
(aka BeachesBeaches)[5]

Odesza (stylized as ODESZA) is an American electronic music duo from Seattle consisting of Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight. The group was formed in 2012 shortly before Mills and Knight graduated from Western Washington University.[6]

Their debut album, Summer's Gone, was released in 2012 to much acclaim in the underground electronic music community.[7][8] Odesza followed Summer's Gone with their first EP, My Friends Never Die, in 2013 and their second studio album, 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" (featuring Little Dragon).[9] On December 7, 2015, Odesza's "Say My Name" (RAC mix) was nominated for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards.[10] The duo's third studio album, A Moment Apart is scheduled for release on September 8, 2017.[11]


Early career[edit]

Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight met during their freshman year at Western Washington University. The two did not share the same educational interests. Knight studied physics and math while Mills studied graphic design.[12] They did not begin collaborating musically until their senior year in 2012.[13] As a child, Knight was classically trained in piano and later learned guitar.[13]


Odesza is a misspelling of 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 other crew mate survived.[14] Since the spelling "Odessa" was already being used by a Scottish synth band, they instead chose to use a form of the Hungarian spelling, replacing the "ss" with "sz".[15] The correct spelling in Hungarian is: Odessza.

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."[12] On the other hand, Knight got his nickname when, "...I was high in my bedroom making music one day…"[12]

2012–2014: Summer's Gone, My Friends Never Die EP and In Return[edit]

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.[16] They soon hit 1 million Soundcloud plays before their debut EP, My Friends Never Die, was released a year later.[17] Odesza was booked to open for Pretty Lights on his Analog Future Tour in the fall of 2013.[18] Their first headline tour kicked off on March 12, 2014.[19] Odesza hit 30 million Soundcloud plays on October 1, 2014.[19] On October 17, 2014, Odesza's In Return North American tour sold out 28 shows.[20] 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.[21] 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.[22]

2015–2016: Foreign Family Collective and touring[edit]

In March 2015, Odesza launched Foreign Family Collective, an outlet for musicians and visual artists alike.[23] 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.

On November 11, 2015, Odesza launched their official mobile app on iOS and Android.[24]

Following their sold out In Return Fall Tour, Odesza released the video for "It's Only" (featuring Zyra) on January 18, 2016.[25]

2017: A Moment Apart[edit]

On April 25, 2017, Odesza released two digital singles, "Late Night" and "Line of Sight" featuring Wynne and Mansionair. On June 12, 2017, the duo released two additional digital singles ("Meridian" and '"Corners Of The Earth" featuring RY X), and announced a September 8 release date for their third studio album, A Moment Apart. A world tour in support of the new material was also announced, with dates across Australia, Europe, and North America.[26]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
Release Label Format US

Summer's Gone September 2, 2012
  • Self-released
In Return September 9, 2014
42 1
A Moment Apart September 8, 2017

Extended plays[edit]

Year Extended play (EP) details
2013 My Friends Never Die
  • Released: September 17, 2013

Remix albums[edit]

Year Title Remix album details
Release date
2013 My Friends Never Die Remixes November 12, 2013
2014 Say My Name Remixes October 10, 2014
2015 All We Need Remixes February 16, 2015
2016 It's Only Remixes February 16, 2016


Year Title Peak chart positions Album

2015 "Sun Models" (featuring Madelyn Grant) 40 In Return
"Say My Name" (featuring Zyra) 16
"All We Need" (featuring Shy Girls) 29
"Light" (featuring Little Dragon) In Return (Deluxe Edition)
2016 "It's Only" (featuring Zyra) In Return
2017 "Line of Sight" (featuring Wynne and Mansionair) 37 A Moment Apart
"Late Night" 41
"Corners of the Earth" (featuring RY X)

Other charted songs[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album

2015 "Bloom" 39 In Return


Year Release details Song
2012 The Palace Garden
  • Beat Connection
  • Released: April 25, 2013
"Saola" (ODESZA Remix)
2013 Don't Talk To (EP)
  • Rac
  • Released: September 30, 2013
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)
  • Ki: Theory
  • Released: April 8, 2014
"Open Wound" (ODESZA Remix)
2014 Faded – The Remixes
  • Zhu
  • Released: June 29, 2014
"Faded" (ODESZA Remix)
2014 "Waited 4 U"
  • Slow Magic
  • Released: November 12, 2014
"Waited 4 U" (ODESZA Remix)
2014 "Big Girls Cry"
  • Sia
  • Released: December 5, 2014
"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)


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