Jordana LeSesne

It must be nice to be able to dedicate 100% of your time, energy & focus on improving as an artist rather than fighting against exclusion, erasure & hatred of you based on gender or race.

  • Name: Jordana LeSesne
  • From: Pittsburgh, PA, USA
  • Pronouns: She/Her
  • Contribution/Impact: Her work has influenced other artists such as well-known dubstep producer Bassnectar, who heavily sampled 5 A.M
  • Occupation: Musician/ Producer
  • Known For: “When Worlds Collide”,  “The Cities Collection”, and Quality Rolls”.
  • Awards: Jordana was recently named by MixMag, the Bible of the dance music industry as one of 20 Women Who Shaped the History Of Dance Music.
  • Interesting Facts: On  February 22, 2000 in Kent, Ohio, Jordana was attacked and brutally beaten in a transphobic hate crime by a group of men including Matthew Gostlin. She felt that justice would not be served so she left the United States for England due to concerns about personal safety and well-being.

Jordana LeSesne, formerly known as 1.8.7, is an American musician and producer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She now produces and performs as Jordana. She became known in the mid-1990s as a drum and bass producer. She first came to the attention of the music industry when she was asked to remix Blondie’s “Atomic.” Her remix appeared along with Armand Van Helden and Diddy’s remixes on the single.  

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