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Background information
Birth nameElysha Zaide
Born (1982-10-31) October 31, 1982 (age 36)
OriginVancouver, British Columbia, Canada
GenresFuture bass, Bass music, Dubstep, wonky, glitch hop, trap, hip hop, drum n' bass
InstrumentsVocals, piano, keyboards, flute, vocal percussion, synthesizer, vocoder
Years active1997-present
LabelsDub Police
Muti Music
Gravitas Recordings
Associated actsThe Perfect Circuit Band

ill-esha (pronounced ill-EE-sha) is a Canadian electronic music artist, producer, singer, and DJ known for her work in the bass music world, as well as her unique style of singing and DJing simultaneously.


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.[1]

Music career[edit]

In 2001 her first 12" Single "Social Skillz" made with producer Datcyde was released on New York label Breakbeat Science.[2] 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.[1]

The year 2007 marked the advance into the professional world of electronic music production, as she completed her debut album Perfect Circuit.[1] After having successful D&B releases, the full-length album was independently released under her own label Elysha Zaide Music.[3] 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".[4] 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 synthesizers. 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.[5]

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.[6] Together they produced the track "H.A.A.R.P" which was released in 2009 on Muti Music.[1] It hit #3 on Beatport electronica downloads, and stayed in the top 10 for several months.[7] Exploring her love of 2-step and future garage, she diversified further.

In 2010 she was signed to Haunted Audio and Daly City Records.[8] She has several single releases on Haunted Audio,[9] and her second album Circadian Rhythms was released on Daly City Records the same year.[8] 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.[10]

Collaborating for years with Bay Area Dubstep pioneer Antiserum, their mix of purple and hard dubstep reached the international market, with two vinyl releases "Zephyr" and "Lightning/Overflow" released on European labels Dub Police and Subway.[11]

She released several glitch/dubstep EPs on San Francisco-based Muti Music,[1] and Austin-based label Gravitas Recordings.[12] as well as being featured on acclaimed producer Starkey's boutique label Seclusiasis.[13] More recently, she has released independently with the support of collectives and blogs such as Hebinomichi, Run the Trap, NEST HQ, Earmilk, Phuture Collective and more.

Music Scoring[edit]


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 has also provided the music for the game 'Hack Run' as well as recently scoring a documentary for the National Film Board of Canada.

Film Scoring[edit]

In late 2017, ill-esha began scoring her first film, a documentary titled "Beauty" directed by Christina Willings for the National Film Board of Canada Documentary. The film is set to premiere in 2018.[14]



  • Perfect Circuit (2007) [3]
  • Circadian Rhythms (Daly City, 2010)[8]
  • Reverie (Muti Music, 2011)[1]
  • Elusive History (Simplify, 2011)[15]
  • Imaginary Friends (Muti Music, 2012)[1]
  • Whiplash Recovery (Gravitas Recordings, 2013)[12]
  • Altitude Sickness (Muti Music, 2013) [1]
  • Open Heart Surgery (Gravitas recordings, 2014) [12]
  • Open Heart Surgery: The Remixes (Gravitas recordings, 2014) [12]
  • Autopilot (with K.E. on the Track (Bandcamp, 2014) [16]
  • Hyperbolic Space Crochet (Seclusiasis, 2015)[13]
  • Hyperbolic Space Crochet: The Remixes (Seclusiasis, 2015)[13]
  • Wordless (Bandcamp, 2016) [16]
  • Antarctica (Phuture Collective/Play It Louder/Soundcloud, 2018)[17]
  • Illusions (Muti Music, 2019)


  • Subvert: "Speaker Humpin'" (ill-esha remix feat. MC ThinkTank) (Muti Music, 2010) [1]
  • Freddy Todd: "Blowin' Good" (ill-esha remix) (Car Crash Set, 2010) [18]
  • Mochipet: "Whomp-a-saurus Sex" (ill-esha remix) (Daly City, 2011) [8]
  • Who Cares: "These Three Words" (ill-esha remix) (Simplify, 2011) [15]
  • +verb: "Cough" (ill-esha remix) (Muti Music, 2011) [1]
  • Chron4 ft Audio Angel: "Get Lost" (ill-esha remix) (1320, 2011) [19]
  • Ayla Nereo: "By Night" (ill-esha remix) (Jumpsuit Records, 2015)
  • Aceyalone: "Almost There" (ill-esha remix) (Sony Red, 2017) [20]


  • "Social Skillz" with Datcyde (Breakbeat Science, 2001) [2]
  • "Social Skillz" Garon Remix (Taciturn, 2002) [21]
  • "The Modern Divide" with Revolution Void (as Elysha Zaide, 2004) [22]
  • "Gemini Soul" with Jay Tripwire (Nordic Trax, 2007) [23]
  • "Stealth" with Aperture (Outsider UK, 2007) [24]
  • "Universe" with TheEgo and DJ Roots (BluSaphir, 2007) [25]
  • "Coward" (on Knowledge Magazine Cover CD, Acoustixx Journeyz, 2008) [26]
  • "Point of No Return" with Contour (Intrinsic, 2008) [27]
  • "Not the Way" with Castor (Force Recordings, 2009) [28]
  • "Save Me" with Madmen & Poets, Soulgrifter (Fokuz, 2009) [29]
  • "Sin City" featuring Ozzius Atreides (Woofer Cookers, 2009) [30]
  • "Kitchen Sync" (Woofer Cookers, 2009) [31]
  • "H.A.A.R.P." (with Dewey dB on Acid Crunk Vol. 2) (Muti Music, 2009) [1]
  • "Snow-country Child / Daydreamer" (Haunted Audio, 2010) [9]
  • "Risky Rutabaga" (Woofer Cookers, 2010) [32]
  • "The Grande attack Dunk" (Emergency Broadcast System, 2010) [33]
  • "Kitsch Meets Glitch" (with Kitsch Palace) (Street Ritual, 2011) [34]
  • "Meeting Up With Producer Friends on Mountainsides" (with Freddy Todd, Elfkowitz & Joe Mousepad, featured on Freddy Todd's "Neon Spectacle Operator" LP) (Simplify, 2011) [15]
  • "Black Ice EP: Part 1 North American Excursion" (Haunted Audio, 2011) [9]
  • "Black Ice EP: Part 2 European Excursion" (Haunted Audio, 2011) [9]
  • "Cherry Blossoms EP" (featuring remixes by TrillBass, Mindelixir, Dan Wall & Ron Gee, Splatinum) (True Score Theory, 2011) [35]
  • "Zephyr" (with Antiserum) (Dub Police, 2011) [36]
  • "Lightning/Overflow" (with Antiserum) (Subway Music, 2012) [37]
  • "Treasures" (featuring Chadio and Damon Morris, featured on "EVD Bass") (East Van Digital, 2011) [38]*"Fossils" (with jOBOT, featured on "Disciples of Headtron") (Muti Music, 2012) [1]
  • "War Cod" (with Opiuo) (Addictech, 2012) [39]
  • "Wanderlust" (featuring Zipporah) (Critical Beats, 2012) [40]
  • "Chicken Scratch" (featured on the Joe Mousepad vs Glitch Hop EP) (Street Ritual, 2012) [41]
  • "Blazed EP" (featuring remixes by Standard&Push, Buzzwak, Toprek, Zonatash) (R3GMA, 2012) [42]
  • "Love at 432" (, 2013) [43]
  • "We Heard" (collab with kLL sMTh for the BlackMarketArmoire Collective) (The Untz, 2013)[44]
  • "Galactic Halo" (Slit Jockey "Choice Cuts" Compilation) [45]
  • "Dirty Mind" (East Van Digital EVDBASS3 Compilation) [46]
  • "Signs" (Hebinomichi Vol 4 Compilation, 2015)
  • "Real Life" (Unspeakable Records Vol 2 Compilation, 2015)
  • "Brave" (w/ SteLouse) (Taste&Tone/Atlantic, 2015)
  • "Ghostwriter" (Hebinomichi Vol 3 Compilation, 2016)
  • "Coraline" (Seclusiasis 130 BPM Compilation)[13]
  • "Cloud Sublime" (with option4) (Kitsune, 2016) [47]
  • Why?" (with Oksami) (Hotboi Records, 2017)
  • "Your Skies" (with Venza) (Swisted Selections, 2017) [48]
  • "Hologram Midnight" (Soundcloud, premiered via NEST HQ, 2017) [49]
  • "Into the Sun" (with nine plus) (Phuture Collective, 2018) [50]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Muti Music Artist Page".
  2. ^ a b "Discogs release page".
  3. ^ a b "iTunes Release".
  4. ^ "ill-esha Interview and new Haunted Audio release".
  5. ^ "John Lennon Songwriting Contest Winners 2007".
  6. ^ "Glitch Hop Forum Facebook Page".
  7. ^ "Shambhala Bio".
  8. ^ a b c d "Daly City ill-esha releases".
  9. ^ a b c d "Haunted Audio ill-esha Releases".
  10. ^ "Purple Legacy SoundCloud page cache".
  11. ^ "Dubstep Forum Thread on ill-esha".
  12. ^ a b c d "Gravitas Recordings".
  13. ^ a b c d "Seclusiasis - ill-esha".
  14. ^
  15. ^ a b c "Simplify Recordings - ill-esha".
  16. ^ a b "Bandcamp - ill-esha".
  17. ^ "Antarctica - ill-esha".
  18. ^ "Blowin Good".
  19. ^ "Chron4".
  20. ^ "AlmostThere".
  21. ^ "Social Skillz Remix".
  22. ^ "Modern Divide".
  23. ^ "Gemini Soul".
  24. ^ "Outsider".
  25. ^ "Universe".
  26. ^ "Acoustixx Journeyz".
  27. ^ "Point of No Return".
  28. ^ "Not the Way".
  29. ^ "Save Me".
  30. ^ "Sin City".
  31. ^ "Kitchen Sync".
  32. ^ "Risky Rutabaga".
  33. ^ "Grande attack Dunk".
  34. ^ "Kitsch Meets Glitch".
  35. ^ "CherryBlossoms".
  36. ^ "Zephyr".
  37. ^ Missing or empty |title= (help)
  38. ^ "Blazed".
  39. ^ "WarCod".
  40. ^ "CriticalBeats".
  41. ^ "ChickenScratch".
  42. ^ "Blazed".
  43. ^ "Loveat432".
  44. ^ "UntzBMA".
  45. ^ "SlitJockeyCC".
  46. ^ "EVDBASS3".
  47. ^ "Kitsune".
  48. ^ "Swisted".
  49. ^ "HologramNest".
  50. ^ "PhutureSun".

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