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Kurt Vile
Kurt Vile
Vile performing at Roskilde Festival in 2011
Background info
Full name Kurt Samuel Vile
Birthday/Birthplace (1980-01-03) January 3, 1980
Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, United States
Origin Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US
  • Indie rock
  • indie folk
  • lo-fi
  • Singer-songwriter
  • musician
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • trumpet
  • banjo
  • keyboards
Active Years 2003–present
Record Labels
  • Matador
  • Gulcher
  • Mexican Summer
Worked with
  • Kurt Vile & The Violators
  • The War on Drugs
  • Courtney Barnett
Official Website www.kurtvile.com

Kurt Samuel Vile (born January 3, 1980) [] is an American singer, songwriter, instrumentalist and music producer. Vile has many albums including Constant Hitmaker (2008), Childish Prodigy (2010), Smoke Ring for My Halo (2012), Wakin On A Pretty Daze (2014) and b’lieve i’m goin down … (2015) and plus. He is famous for his solo career however, he has a band called The Violators . The Violators accompany him in the recording of some albums and concerts. Currently The Violators is composed of three members besides Vile: Kyle Spence, Jesse Trbovich and Rob Laakso, who play bass and guitar, sax, and drums, respectively. Vile and The Violators traveled internationally through the United States as well as the Netherlands and Poland.

Kurt Vile’s Biography

First Years

Kurt Vile was born in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania. He remembers that as a child, he received a banjo from his father. Vile says he was not very excited about having a banjo so he played it like a guitar. He always knew that he would be a musician and started writing songs when he was 14 years old. That year Vile composed a song, but he only wrote the music, the lyrics were quotations from the cartoon, Superman. A year later a neighbor gave him a guitar and three years later he produced his first album. The album was inspired by the composer Beck, and the groups Pavement, and Drag City []. At the beginning of his career Vile worked at his house where he produced his music. He explains how he was embarrassed because he did not have a university degree and had other jobs besides musician. He was also quite shy. Vile says he really was depressed for many years [].

Musical career

In 2003, when Kurt returned to Philadelphia from Boston, his career began to improve and in 2005, Kurt formed a band with his friend Adam Granduciel []. The band, The War on Drugs , became a successful band and soon after, Kurt was able to produce his album Constant Hitmaker in 2008 []. That same year Kurt went to Europe, where he realized that he wanted to concentrate on his solo career. In 2009 the record Mexican Summers produced a compilation of different songs that Kurt had composed over the years called, God Is Saying This to You …. A year later, Vile produced Childish Prodigy and then he decided to sign with Matador Records []. In 2011 Kurt released his fourth album with Matador Records, Smoke Ring for my Halo. The album reached # 154 on the Billboard Top 200 and was at the top of many other charts. In April of 2013 he released Wakin On to Pretty Daze and then, in 2015, I’m going to go down … Kurt describes his most recent album as a combination of everything he’s experienced as a musician. In 2015, Still in Rock considered it the second best album of the year [].

Personal Life

Kurt lives with his wife, Susanne, a teacher, and his two daughters.


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  2. Back to top ↑ “Questions of Doom with Kurt Vile”. Bad vibes Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  3. Back to top ↑ Laura Barton (March 29, 2013). “Kurt Vile: from Boston forklift driver to the Hotel California | Music”. London: The Guardian. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  4. Back to top ↑ Carew, Anthony. “An Interview with Kurt Vile”. altmusic.about.com. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  5. Back to top ↑ “The War On Drugs – Wagonwheel Blues”. Discogs. Retrieved26 April 2016.
  6. Back to top ↑ Steeply, M. Hugh. “Interview: Kurt Vile”. tinymixtapes.com. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  7. Back to top ↑ McKay, Sarah (March 16, 2009). “Kurt Vile: No, Do not Bring Me Weed.” larecord.com Retrieved 26 April 2016.

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