1.8.7 was the Drum 'n' Bass moniker for Jordana LeSesne, a musician, DJ, and producer.
She became one of the United States' first major Drum 'n' Bass producers, releasing a few popular albums for the New York-based Jungle Sky label in the late 1990s as well as a plethora of singles and remixes. The Pittsburgh, PA native rose to popular attention in the mid 90s as one of the first respected producers of the genre based in the USA.
Jordana grew up with an older brother who spun disco, hip-hop, and electro and older sister who was a vocalist. Talent runs in the family as she was related to the late Tupac Shakur.
First dabbling in music at an early age, Jordana went on to play several instruments in the high school orchestra as well as in local punk and metal bands. Her introduction to electronic dance music came in 1988 when she began listening to BBC broadcasts featuring reports on the rise acid house music. It wasn't until the early '90s that dance music crept into Pittsburgh, and Jordana began frequenting many of the city's first rave-like parties. It wasn't long before she began making dance music of her own distributing demo tapes in the early 90s rave scene.
Her first signed work was an atmospheric Drum 'n' Bass remix of Blondie's "Atomic" in 1995 for EMI/Chrysalis.
Liquid Sky Music began releasing her music in 1996, beginning with the compilation track "Dis Soun'" featured on This Is Jungle Sky, Vol. 2. The New York label also released a few 1.8.7. albums in the subsequent years, beginning with When Worlds Collide (1997) and continuing through Quality Rolls (1998) and The Cities Collection (2000).
In 1998 Jordana became well known outside of music for her transsexuality following a much publicized sex change. The sex change was the cover story of the July 1998 issue of Mixmag. More recently an extensive interview with Jordana was also featured in "The New Transsexuals" a book by rock journalist George Petros (Thrasher, Seconds, Propaganda, EXIT magazines) published in 2012.
As both a Producer and DJ she has toured the world and played alongside many of the top DJs in the world of Dance and more specifically Jungle/Drum’n’Bass music. She has also worked with artists such as Mike Joyce (formerly of The Smiths), Deborah Harry and Blondie, Lady Sovereign, MC Kinky from London/ffrr, Yellownote, Soulslinger & TC Izlam from Liquid Sky Records as well as other Drum 'n' Bass artists.
She has been featured or appeared in Spin, Rolling Stone, Knowledge (UK). Vibe, Raygun, Urb, Mixmag and Out magazines and has been listed in Raygun's "Who's Who of International DJs". She also made Out magazine's OUT100 in 1999.
She has performed at some legendary venues along the way and was a headliner on the largest North American Drum & Bass excursion – The Kung Fu / Knowledge Magazine Tour in 1999.
In 2001-2003 Jordana lived in London and was known as Lady J (her UK Garage and House Music moniker). She was a regular DJ on FLEX FM in London, UK and had a DJ residency at Trinity, a legendary club night.
Her success rising from the depressed 80s economy of a "rust belt" city to MTV featured electronica artist garnered a mention in 2002 New York Times bestseller "The Rise of the Creative Class" by economist Richard Florida.
Currently she has returned to her pre-DJ/producer roots of rock, helping to found and front a melodic goth metal band in Seattle.
She is also working on a new Drum ‘n' Bass EP full of new original material.
~ Tige Thiessen, Jason Birchmeier, Rovi