Ayesha Adamo is a DJ, producer, recording artist, and actor, and this is her super-long bio for all you über-fans. Yes, now would be the time to take that potty break and silence your cell phones. It’s gonna be a while.
Ayesha grew up by the oceans and sands of the pre-Snooki era Jersey Shore in the tiny town of Island Heights. Her love of music first developed during many years of ballet class, which ultimately lead her to New York to pursue a career as a professional ballerina. She stepped off the bus with a suitcase full of pointe shoes and visions of sugar plums, but soon found herself in sparkles and glowsticks, working as a club dancer at the legendary superclub, Twilo. That’s where Ayesha first took an interest in DJing, and it was only a few nights of glitter and neon before she saved up enough money to buy her first 1200’s and teach herself the art of beat-mixing.
Not long after, Ayesha began classes at Barnard College, with an interest in studying computer music at Columbia University’s Computer Music Center, the oldest center for electronic music in the United States, founded in the 1950s. She lied about being able to read sheet music, and soon found herself as a freshman in her first graduate level music class on electronic music composition, taught by Thanassis Rikakis and his then-TA, Luke DuBois. The first program she learned? Max/MSP: probably the last program in the world any DJ wants to fuss with. Such was Ayesha’s crash course in electronic music and sound synthesis. But that was only the beginning…
While in Taiwan on a summer scholarship program to study Chinese, Ayesha unexpectedly found herself joining pop singing group Beauty4 and signing with EMI Records. Beauty4 released their first album to much success, particularly considering that they were the first international, racially mixed group to release a Mandarin Chinese album in Taiwan, singing and interviewing entirely in Chinese. The group toured Taiwan and other areas in Asia, and Beauty4 found themselves all over TV, radio, and the side of public busses.
Of course, Ayesha still had a passion for DJing, and it was her special blend of techno, trance and deep house that ultimately landed her the opportunity to record her first double mix CD set for the Muzik Boutique series on Highnote Records (映象唱片). She continued to play clubs all over Taiwan, including a residency at 2F–one of the largest clubs in Taipei—as well as nights at the legendary Texound and the ever-popular Luxy.
Upon returning to the US to finish school, Ayesha continued to play DJ gigs in North and Central America. She worked to finish her degree in Music at Columbia University, where she continued to hone her skills in both electronic music production and classical music theory and composition. By now, she no longer had to lie about being able to read sheet music…or being able to write it either, for that matter. She graduated summa cum laude and was awarded the Ethel Stone LeFrak Prize in Music, as well as several awards in poetry—all of which was in keeping with her path as a burgeoning songwriter.
Being a chronic over-achiever, Ayesha figured that this would be a great time to up the ante on her acting abilities, having been a SAG member since forever. She first took on the rigorous two-year Meisner program at William Esper Studios where she studied with Nancy Mayans, Deb Jackel, and Karen Chamberlain. She then continued her studies with celebrated acting coach and Artistic Director of The American Place Theater, Wynn Handman, who has trained many excellent actors including Michael Douglas, Christopher Walken, Allison Janney, Denzel Washington and Richard Gere.
During her years of acting training, Ayesha still managed to flex her singer/songwriter muscles and collaborate on rock music project, Loss of Eden, recorded with producer Danny Leake (Kanye West, Janet Jackson, Sting, Hank Williams Jr, Stevie Wonder) and vocal producer Fran Allen Leake. Unlike her previous pop and dance incarnations, this project emphasized an earthy, naturalistic, under-produced approach. With lush layers of un-auto-tuned vocals and harmonies, as well as songwriting partner David Deau’s stunning layers of guitars, the Loss of Eden project is Ayesha’s most honest and raw work to date.
Coming full circle, Ayesha now returns to her dance music roots, and has been working on several hot new tracks as one half of dance music duo, Alchemical Disco. Alchemical Disco’s debut track, “Atomic,” reached #20 on the Music Week UK Commercial Pop Club charts in 2014. Ayesha’s 2015 solo release, “Midnight Elite,” reached #16 on the Beatport Electronica charts, #29 in Deep House and #77 in Techno. Both Alchemical Disco’s releases and Ayesha’s solo project have received international radio play. And of course, Ayesha has continued to deliver some fierce DJ sets in 2015 at a variety of clubs, including Pacha and Verboten.
Also in 2015, Ayesha made her return to stage and screen. Earlier in the year, she took the title role in Rose Donohue, a 1950’s who-done-it that is currently in post-production and sure to make the rounds at film festivals. She will also be starring in a production of Craig Wright‘s play The Pavilion in November, with Michael Kostroff (of The Wire, The Blacklist, etc) directing.
Juggling her roles as actor, producer, vocalist, and DJ, it seems that Ayesha has finally found the perfect fit for her talent that has always been, and hopefully always will be, delightfully far outside the box.
Ayesha has played in clubs across the globe as a DJ and is one half of the production team, Alchemical Disco. Her first DJ mix CD release was a boxed set for the Muzik Boutique series on Highnote Records (映象唱片). Ayesha plays a melodically complex and aggressively building mixture of tech house, deep house, techno, trance, progressive and nu disco. Though her style has changed over the years, her excellent ear for melodic but tasteful tracks in any genre remains constant, as does her aptitude for seamlessly programmed and effortlessly extended beatmixes that don’t shy away from risk taking. While Ayesha began her DJ career spinning vinyl, she currently prefers Ableton and the APC 40, which allows her to bring elements of a live-PA-style set into her DJing. To keep posted on upcoming performance dates, go to Ayesha’s Facebook or Twitter.
Ayesha began her music career as a member of pop sensation, Beauty4, a Spice-Girls-style girl group who released their first self-titled album on EMI Records Taiwan and performed internationally in Asia. Following her Asian pop success, Ayesha earned a BA in Music from Barnard College, Columbia University, confirming her ability to write both a pop hook and a Bach chorale. It was also during her college years that Ayesha honed her skills as a music producer, and she was awarded the Ethel Stone LeFrak Prize in Music upon graduation. Prior to her emergence as one half of Alchemical Disco—whose first single “Atomic” reached #20 on the Music Week UK Commercial Pop Club charts—Ayesha collaborated on rock project, Loss of Eden, and contributed top lines and lyrics to projects with various producers. Her most recent 2015 release as a recording artist/producer/remixer, “Midnight Elite,” reached #16 on the Beatport Electronica charts (#29 in Deep House, #77 in Techno), and has been played on radio shows across the globe.
As an actor, Ayesha has trained with legendary acting coach, Wynn Handman. Wynn founded The American Place Theatre in 1963, and has trained many excellent actors including Michael Douglas, Christopher Walken, Allison Janney, Denzel Washington and Richard Gere. Ayesha is also a graduate of the two-year Meisner training program at William Esper Studios, where she studied with Nancy Mayans, Deb Jackel, and Karen Chamberlain. Ayesha continues to assist Nancy Mayans in teaching her Mayans Method Energy Training for Actors classes.
In 2015, Ayesha starred in the short film Rose Donohue, a 1950’s who-done-it that is currently in post-production. You can also catch her live on stage in NYC playing Kari in Craig Wright’s The Pavilion, directed by Michael Kostroff (of The Wire, The Blacklist, etc). For more info on The Pavilion, go to: www.paviliontheplay.com. To check out Ayesha’s acting website, go to www.ayeshaadamoacting.com
Ayesha’s love of performing began with ballet. She has attended some of the most highly regarded ballet training programs in America, including summer programs at the School of American Ballet, the Rock School of the Pennsylvania Ballet, and on scholarship at the Royal Academy of Dance USA summer program. In her late teens, she also fell in love with club dancing, and worked as a dancer at some of the best raves and nightclubs in New York, including Twilo, developing a signature style that was all her own. She graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University, where she developed further as a choreographer, completing a minor in dance.
Writing has always been one of Ayesha’s stronger suits. While at Barnard College, Columbia University, Ayesha was awarded the Lenore Marshall Barnard Prize for Poetry and Helene Searcy Puls Poetry Prize (third). She created and served as Editor-in-chief of Trigger93—a printed and online literary journal loosely modeled after the early Semiotext(e), but focused primarily on magickal studies and cultural issues. Her work has appeared in Critical Quarterly, the Occupy Wall Street Poetry Anthology, Alternet.org, and Salon.com.
I’m so excited to announce that I will be playing the role of Kari in Craig Wright‘s brilliant play, The Pavilion. This project has been about a year in the making, and it all started when one of my actor friends, Jeffrey Delano Davis, called me up and asked if I wanted to do a
It was so amazing to get to play for the Rite of Wednesdays crowd at Verboten this month. Here’s the full live mix from that night – a true progressive techno scorcher. This technically challenging set loops in and out of all kinds of mental wormholes. Complete tracklist below! Tracklist: Blancah – Hummingbird (Original Mix) – Steyoyoke
It’s so great to see this track—which seemed to be forever in the making—reach #16 in the Beatport Electronica charts! The other remixes I created did pretty well too, reaching #29 in Deep House (a super tough category to chart in) and #77 in Techno! Looks like all that time I spent with the analog modular synth
This mix was recorded during my set last Saturday night, before the news about Ten Walls hit the internet in full force. I have chosen to keep his new song, Blue Orphan, in the mix. By no means is this meant to advocate the grossly homophobic sentiments expressed by Ten Walls in his recent rant.
If you haven’t done so already, check out the music video for your favorite version of Midnight Elite in the playlist below. In addition to being the writer/producer/performer on the song, I also edited and shot the music video. The ever incredible Bryce Churchill is responsible for the cool 3D effects. Check it out!
I’m so excited to announce that I’ll be DJing at Pacha NYC this Saturday, June 6th when Marco Bailey takes over for a night of killer tech house and techno. I’ve been a fan of Marco’s work for years and first became aware of him with his early Bedrock Records releases. Here’s the address of
Check out the story from behind the scenes on the set of Rose Donohue—a smashing 1950’s who-done-it from writer/director Austin James Nunes. This collection of pictures that I gathered from the whole gang gives an inside look at what went down; they feature… Our core cast: Jason Catron, Cheryl Aiello, Donna Roesel, and myself Our
Here’s the tracklist for my Miami 2015 DJ Mix. Check it: Mashk – Home (Whomi Remix) Pedro Aguiar – Audacity (Original Mix) Ayesha Adamo – Midnight Elite (Ayesha’s Deeper Remix) (Coming to Beatport May 2015) Juli Holz – Drive (Dan Caster Remix) vs. Howling – Signs (Matom Remix) Tilt –
Here’s the complete tracklist for my 3-hour Valentine’s Day mix for EDM Soundsystem: Joris Voorn – MoMo (Original Mix) Robert Babicz – Mercury Bells (Dub) Ian O’Donovan – Atoll (Original Mix) Tash – Rebirth (Navid Mehr Last Goodbye Remix) Pentatones – Karma Game (Steve Bug Retouch) Millok, Zigelli – Feel
Tonight’s Valentine’s Day, but if you’re not too busy being romantic/naughty, check out my 3-hour melodic masterpiece of a DJ mix on EDM Sound System. It airs tonight from 9pm to midnight on Atlanta’s WREK, 91.1 FM. You can stream it live tonight–or replay the episode for the next couple of weeks–at this link: https://www.wrek.org/edmss/
Ok, so Show and Tell Tuesday: it’s something cute I’m doing with my BFF and former roommate Holie Barker lately. Basically, we show stuff. And tell about it. On a Tuesday. Show and Tell…like when you were a kid. Except kinda “adult” sometimes. It all started this Fall, when we were shooting with our favorite photographer,
Back by popular demand, Little Custard (of Decorative Gourds fame) is here to wish you a joyous holiday season in her own special way. In other words, this video is not safe for church. Along the way, Custard divulges a few Illuminati secrets, which I think you’ll find thoroughly informative. I couldn’t figure out how
For the first time ever, check out Alchemical Disco playing live in this in-studio rehearsal tape! This mini-set includes Firebird, Atomic and a top secret unreleased opening track. Enjoy!
Here’s a quick video of me DJing at Pacha from last Saturday night. Of course, I’m playing none other than Alchemical Disco’s Firebird. Another amazing night with the Eris Revolution family, check it:
From Eris Revolution, the creators of the legendary TRANSCEND parties, comes a truly epic night of Trance at Pacha NYC! This Saturday, November 8th, I’ll be playing the early set (10pm to Midnight) downstairs at Pacha, starting off deep and getting progressively more trance-y, while German duo Cosmic Gate will be headlining the main floor.
Probably the best treat of my Halloween is having our first single as Alchemical Disco show up at #20 on the Music Week UK Commercial Pop Club charts. We’re also at #92 on Music Week’s Upfront Club charts. Big ups to all the great DJs in the UK that have been playing our track!
Missed my Live at TRANSCEND 5 mix on Trance on the Porch Radio? No worries, I just posted the broadcast version on Soundcloud! Pumped that the mix made it to #24 on Beatport’s mixes chart too!
Wow, check out this great review of Firebird on The Noise Gate! http://www.thenoisegate.com/alchemical-disco-firebird/ So delighted with all the support we’ve been getting on this release. Amazing to see our little Firebird taking flight!
If you haven’t checked it out yet, my latest single with Alchemical Disco, Firebird, is out now on Beatport. Here’s the link: http://www.beatport.com/track/firebird-original-mix/5803823 What’s even better is that Firebird will be opening the Trance on the Porch radio show for this week, which airs starting tonight and through Wednesday on various syndicated stations, listed below.
Our soon-to-be released single, Firebird, made it to #1 on Kings of Spins! This is the second release I’ve been working on as part of Alchemical Disco, available on Beatport September 10th. It’s got an Eric Prydz vibe and features epic arpeggios and lush chord progressions done on the analog modular synth at our Brooklyn
As you probably already know if you found your way to my blog, the debut release from Alchemical Disco (my new music project) is out now on Beatport. Since its release on July 23rd, it’s made the genre releases charts on Beatport (#23 in Electro House, #26 in Indie Dance/Nu Disco, and #89 in Tech
In case you missed it, here’s my last mix of 2013: TRANSCEND Volume 4. It made it all the way up to #23 on the Beatport mixes countdown, which is especially great because it’s my personal favorite mix of the series so far. Recorded live at Dark Room, NYC on September 25th, this volume has
Brilliant photographer John DeAmara does it again! Here are the pics from our last amazing shoot in Brooklyn. Enjoy!
Let’s celebrate the weird-ass squash that’s undeniably the cornerstone of Thanksgiving as we know it. Check out this festive piece, penned by Colin Nissan and performed by my alter ego, Little Custard. Laugh and give thanks:
In a grand streak of awesomeness, my most recent live DJ mix, TRANSCEND 2, reached #40 on the Beatport Top 100 mixes! This new one is a blend of progressive and deep trance grooves, that combines the latest from Pryda and Michael Woods with a few timeless Twilo favorites from back in the day. TRANSCEND
Check out my latest DJ mix, recorded live at Dark Room on the Lower East Side. This recording is the opening set of the very first night of TRANSCEND—an all new weekly party brought to you by the Trance music impresarios at Eris Revolution. Starting out in Tech House, this mix builds all the way
Who can manage to diss Rooney Mara and Conceptual Art all in one great article on the Punk exhibit at The Met? Many birds, one stone: how I roll? Check it out here on Alternet: http://www.alternet.org/culture/punk-met-people-whove-never-had-safety-pin-their-clothes And as if that weren’t enough, here’s another piece I did on the perennially awesome Lauryn Hill…who got into
At long last, I’ve finally posted an hour mix from one of my sets at New York Botanical Garden’s Orchid Evenings in April. Spinning World Music for a change was an amazing challenge, and I think you’ll agree that journeying outside my usual EDM box has allowed me to create a mix that’s truly unique
World Music: it’s a crazy thing, but some of these people actually recorded their songs without using a click track! (All you DJs out there know what I’m talking about). Luckily the music itself is amazing and I’m excited to be spinning it tonight, tomorrow, and for the next few Fridays among the lovely tropical
Somewhere in between performing finger-tapping choreography in a cell phone commercial and compiling a Sitar Songbook for my DJing gig at the New York Botanical Gardens, I’ve been doing a lot of writing for Alternet.org. The two-part article that I did on Harmony Korine’s fantastic new film Spring Breakers has been trending pretty heavily, with
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