ill-esha (pronounced ill-EE-sha) is a Canadian electronic music artist, producer, singer and DJ known for her work in the glitch hop genre and dubstep production as well as her unique style of singing and DJing simultaneously. She is also co-founder of Glitch Hop Forum.
From an early age ill-esha had a musical background and she began her career as a vocalist, MC and Drum and Bass DJ in the late 1990s . She was the first female D&B performer to mix records, sing and MC simultaneously and developed a diverse style by doing so, whilst blending electronic music genres such as broken beats, hip hop, breaks with D&B during her sets.
In 2001 her first 12" Single "Social Skillz" made with producer Datcyde was released on New York label Breakbeat Science. By 2007, she had played across North America, Asia and Europe, featured on CBC Television, CTV and MTV Canada, built her own production studio, and performed vocals on numerous releases with D&B producers.
The year 2007 marked the advance into the professional world of electronic music production, as she completed her debut album Perfect Circuit. After having successful D&B releases, the full length album was independently released under her own label Elysha Zaide Music. A deviation from the aging genre of D&B it encompassed an eclectic mix of electronica and pop inspired by her "myriad of music tastes, and love for technology and nature". Performed with a 5 piece live band The Perfect Circuit Band a collective of live musicians ill-esha fronted with vocal and musical performance using a laptop and synths. In the summer of 2007 the band debuted at the New Music West, Soundwave and Victoria Electronic Music Festivals. The album Perfect Circuit was well received by the electronic music community and her single "Broken Windows" was among the top 3 electronic category finalists for the 2007 John Lennon Songwriting Contest.
Increasingly inspired by dubstep and glitch hop in 2008 ill-esha began producing music more synonymous with the glitch genre, and founded Glitch Hop Forum with collaborator Dewey db. Together they produced the track "H.A.A.R.P" which was released in 2009 on Muti Music record label. It hit #3 on Beatport electronica downloads and stayed in the top 10 for several months. Exploring her love of 2-step and future garage she diversified further.
In 2010 she was signed with Daly City Records and Haunted Audio record labels. She has several single releases on Haunted Audio and her second album Circadian Rhythms was released on Daly City Records the same year. The album held a spot in the top 10 monthly downloads on Addictech for December 2010. Sampling Daft Punk's soundtrack for the movie Tron: Legacy, she released a free bootleg "Purple Legacy" in 2010 which went to #1 on SoundCloud and garnered almost 15,000 plays in four days before being removed due to a copyright conflict with Disney.
Her collaborative work with Bay Area Dubstep pioneer Antiserum, their mix of purple and hard dubstep has reached the international market, with two vinyl releases "Zephyr" and "Lightning/Overflow" released on European labels Dub Police and Subway.
In late 2011 ill-esha worked with indie game developers, VectorBloom to produce the original music score of electronica dubstep titled 'Kaleidoscope' for Big Top Ballet, a stylized art game for iOS, Android, OS X and Chrome .
She continues to work closely with Muti Music, releasing her "Reverie" EP in 2011, and the "Imaginary Friends" EP in November 2012.
In early 2013, her first full-length album, Whiplash Recovery, was released as pay-what-you-want on Austin-based label Gravitas Recordings.
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