Kurt Goebel may seem laid back to the casual observer, but truth be told, his quiet intensity could fuel a small nation. In fact, he was dubbed "The Regulator" by his band mates in his days playing keys on the road. And "regulate", he does. Where Ellen pushes the lyrical and emotional boundaries of WGC releases, Kurt reels it all in with the electronic pallet of sounds he dials up at his finger tips. "Regardless of the lyric or emotion of a song, our musical aesthetic is still founded in groove based tracks, heavy on synths, and often featuring elements from around the world. We will always gravitate toward electronic sounds because that is what we both love."
Studying piano since he was 6, Kurt started professionally gigging at the age of 14 with a local band in Joliet, IL. He chose to major in piano pedagogy at the University of Illinois, but never planned to teach. His aspiration? "To be a success!" After graduating with his Bachelor of Science degree, he went on to get his Master of Music degree in the prestigious Media Writing and Production program at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL. Kurt became a full time composer for a gaming company in Chicago, IL, but eventually relocated to Nashville where he has established himself as a full time composer and programmer/producer.
Since 2008, Kurt has been the creative director for iv Audio Branding where he oversees and composes music for many international clients. Between iv and his other connections, his music has been used in ad campaigns for well known brands such as Mercedes, BMW, Samsung, Toyota, Ford, Nestea, Opel, Ehrmann, and Olay. But Kurt's not all about ad music. He also serves as the "track guy" for many pop songwriters and artists with song placements on major network shows and ad campaigns.
When Kurt is not slaving away over his hot gear, he likes working on his fitness, relaxing in vibey food establishments, and spending time with his family.
- Kurt spent his childhood Saturdays on a dirt track as a champion BMX rider, winning a room full of trophies.
- The only thing in Kurt's childhood bedroom that outnumbered his BMX trophies was his 300+ beer can collection.
- One time in the 90's Kurt flew out to audition for Hanson, their dad picked him up and dropped him off at the airport. He's still waiting for the call about if he got the gig.
Kurt's musical influences include [but don't end with]:
- Thievery Corporation
- Miguel Migs
- Bruce Hornsby
- Kruder & Dorfmeister
- Paul Oakenfold
- David Foster
- Dave Weckl
- Bryan Adams
- Thompson Twins
- Supreme Beings of Leisure
- Mark Farina
- Passion Pit
- Icona Pop
- Morgan Page
- Pat Metheny.