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ODESZA performing at the Arlington Theater in April 2015
Background information
OriginBellingham, Washington, United States
Years active2012–present
MembersHarrison Mills
(aka Catacombkid)
Clayton Knight
(aka BeachesBeaches)[6]

Odesza (/ˈdɛsə/; stylized as ODESZA)[7] is an American electronic music duo originating from Bellingham, Washington. It consists of Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight, known individually as Catacombkid and BeachesBeaches. They formed in 2012, shortly before Mills and Knight graduated from Western Washington University. Additionally, ODESZA is composed of a complete brass section, drum line, and singers including Naomi Wild and WYNNE.[8]

Their debut album, Summer's Gone, was released later in 2012 to acclaim in the underground electronic music community.[9][10] After their debut extended play (EP), My Friends Never Die, in 2013, they released their sophomore album, In Return, on September 9, 2014. It was the duo's debut release on Ninja Tune and its imprint, Counter Records. In 2016, "Say My Name" (RAC mix) gained the duo their first Grammy nomination (Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical) at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards.[11] A Moment Apart, their third studio album, was released on September 8, 2017.[12] It reached #3 on the Billboard 200, while topping the Top Electronic/Dance Albums Chart.[13][14] It was nominated for Best Dance/Electronic Album, with "Line of Sight" also nominated for Best Dance Recording, at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards in 2018.

The duo was also nominated in 2017 for Producer of the Year at the Electronic Music Awards.

The duo have founded and operated their own record label, Foreign Family Collective, which distributes songs as well as visual art from artists.

Furthermore, Billboard named ODESZA as #10 on their 2018 ranking of dance musicians, the Billboard Dance 100.[15][16]


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 mathematics while Mills studied graphic design.[6] They did not begin collaborating musically until their senior year in 2012.[17] As a child, Knight was classically trained in piano and later learned guitar.[17]


The band's name is taken from the name of Mills' uncle's sunken vessel. Only his uncle and one other crew mate survived.[18] 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".[19] The correct spelling in Hungarian is: Odessza.

Individually Mills is known as Catacombkid, and Knight is known as BeachesBeaches. 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."[6] On the other hand, the story behind Knight's nickname, he says, "Honestly I was high in my bedroom making music one day…"[6]

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

Odesza performing in 2014

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.[20] They soon hit 1 million SoundCloud plays before their debut EP, My Friends Never Die, was released a year later.[21] ODESZA was booked to open for Pretty Lights on his Analog Future Tour in the fall of 2013.[22] Their first headline tour kicked off on March 12, 2014.[23] ODESZA hit 30 million SoundCloud plays on October 1, 2014.[23] On October 17, 2014, ODESZA's In Return North American tour sold out 28 shows.[24] Thirty-one 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.[25] 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.[26]

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

In March 2015, ODESZA launched Foreign Family Collective, an outlet for musicians and visual artists alike.[27] Their goal is to help upcoming artists gain more exposure by releasing one-off singles. As of December 2017, there have been 29 released singles.[28]

On November 11, 2015, ODESZA launched their official mobile app on iOS and Android.[29]

Following their sold out In Return Fall Tour, ODESZA released the video for "It's Only" (featuring Zyra) on January 18, 2016.[30]

2017: A Moment Apart and 2017 A Moment Apart Tour[edit]

On April 25, 2017, ODESZA released two digital singles, "Late Night" and "Line of Sight" featuring WYNNE and Mansionair.[31] 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. An additional single ("Higher Ground" featuring Naomi Wild) was released after having been leaked online.[32] Following the release of the album, a world tour was announced with dates across Australia, Europe, and North America.[12] The 2017 A Moment Apart Tour was met with great response, selling out large venues such as Staples Center and Barclays Center.[33][34]

Tracks from A Moment Apart have been widely used across the media; "Across the Room" (featuring Leon Bridges) was used on Grey's Anatomy S14E05, "Danger Zone"; "A Moment Apart" in GoPro Hero6's commercial and as a song on a radio station in Forza Horizon 4;[35] "Late Night" for Acura.[36] "La Ciudad" was used as one of the background tracks to EA SportsFIFA 18.

On October 26, 2017, ODESZA made their debut television appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! performing "Line of Sight" featuring WYNNE and "Higher Ground" featuring Naomi Wild.[37] On November 28, 2017, A Moment Apart was nominated for Best Dance/Electronic Album at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards; their single "Line of Sight" featuring WYNNE[38] & Mansionair was nominated for Best Dance Recording.[39]

2018: 2018 A Moment Apart Tour, "Loyal" and SUNDARA[edit]

On December 4, 2017 ODESZA announced the continuation of their A Moment Apart Tour, kicking off February 2, 2018 at Laneway Festival.[40] On January 2, 2018, ODESZA announced they would be joining the Coachella 2018 lineup, playing on Sunday night before Eminem.[41] On January 9, "Corners of the Earth" was chosen to be used as the Winter Olympics Anthem.[42]

On September 12, 2018, ODESZA released their 11th single, “Loyal”. “Loyal” is a stand-alone song not associated with any album. It peaked at 19th on the US dance chart. “Loyal” gained more popularity when it was featured on Apple’s “This is big” advert regarding the release of the iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max, iPhone Xr and the Apple Watch Series 4. Apple’s “This is big” advert also premiered on September 12th 2018 suggesting that Apple and Odesza had a contract to co-ordinate releases so as to maximise sales for both parties.

“Loyal” was also used in the release trailer for the expansion ‘Fortune Island’ in the 2018 videogame Forza Horizon 4.

On October 16, 2018, Foreign Family Collective announced its first ODESZA-curated festival, SUNDARA, to be held at the all-inclusive Barceló Resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico. The four-day festival is set to run from March 13–16, and features major acts like RL Grime, Rüfüs du Sol, Alison Wonderland, Jai Wolf, and many more.[43]

On June 15, 2019, “A Moment Apart“ also gained popularity when it was used in a YouTube video titled “I’m Gay - Eugene Lee Yang” which was #1 on the trending tab for the following 24 hours after its release and had over 10 million views as of June 21, 2019.


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
In Return (Deluxe Edition) September 18, 2015
  • CD
  • download
42 1
A Moment Apart September 8, 2017
  • Counter
  • Ninja Tune
  • Foreign Family Collective
  • CD
  • vinyl
  • download
3 1 13
A Moment Apart (Deluxe Edition) November 30, 2018
  • Counter
  • Ninja Tune
  • Foreign Family Collective
  • CD
  • vinyl
  • download
3 1 13

Extended plays[edit]

Year Title 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
2017 Higher Ground Remixes March 30, 2017
2018 Across The Room Remixes June 21, 2018
2018 Falls Remixes October 19, 2018
2019 A Moment Apart Remixes February 15, 2019


Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Album


2014 "Sun Models" (featuring Madelyn Grant) 40 In Return
2015 "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) 23 37 A Moment Apart
"Late Night" 31
"Meridian" 31
"Corners of the Earth" (featuring RY X)
"Higher Ground" (featuring Naomi Wild) 25
2018 "Loyal"[5] 19 A Moment Apart (Deluxe Edition)
"—" denotes an recording that did not chart or was not released.

Other charted songs[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album


2015 "Bloom" 39 In Return
2017 "Falls" (featuring Sasha Sloan) 29 A Moment Apart
"A Moment Apart" 32
"Boy" 38
"Across the Room" (featuring Leon Bridges) 6 30
"—" denotes an recording that did not chart or was not released.


Year Release details Song
2012 The Palace Garden "Saola" (ODESZA Remix)
2013 Don't Talk To (EP)
  • Rac
  • Released: September 30, 2013
"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)
  • Released: April 8, 2014
"Open Wound" (ODESZA Remix)
2014 Faded – The Remixes
  • Zhu
  • Released: June 29, 2014
"Faded" (ODESZA Remix)
2014 "Waited 4 U" "Waited 4 U" (ODESZA Remix)
2014 "Big Girls Cry"
  • Sia
  • Released: December 5, 2014
"Big Girls Cry" (ODESZA Remix)
2015 "Eve II" "Eve II" (ODESZA Remix)
2015 "Something About You" "Something About You" (ODESZA Remix)
2015 "Divinity" "Divinity" featuring Amy Millan (ODESZA Remix)
2018 "It's Only" "It's Only" featuring Zyra (ODESZA VIP Remix)[53]
2018 "Memories That You Call" "Memories That You Call" featuring Monsoonsiren (ODESZA and Golden Features Remix)[54]


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