Notoriously resilient and innovative, Esette’s unyielding work ethic, paired with over twenty years of experience in music, have made her a household name in Western Canada. As one of the guiding forces of cultural phenomena such as Substation Recordings, Girls on Decks, and the Alberta Electronic Music Conference, Esette (aka Isis Graham) is equally comfortable behind the decks or behind the scenes.
Her 30-plus releases have received support from artists like Maceo Plex, Fred Everything, Giom, Luke McKeehan, Animal Trainer, Vanilla Ace, Seth Troxler, Jamie Jones, DJ Heather, DOZA, and Pezzner. As a DJ she’s been invited to play notable festivals like Bass Coast, WMC, Decibel, Astral Harvest, Motion Notion, Th!nk? Festival and ADE.
Graham first began throwing raves in 1997, witnessing the height of Calgary’s renegade party scene with events that drew as many as 1600 people. In 1999 she began DJing, and after local bylaws brought about the end of raves the following year she brought her sounds to some of the most notable venues of the last decade, appearing at now-legendary spots like the Embassy, Cherry Lounge, Manhattans, Habitat Living Sound, The Hifi Club and the Night Gallery.
In 2003 Graham was invited to become a founding member of Girls On Decks, a group dedicated to increasing the visibility of women in dance music. Together with the other members, Graham showed her ability to incite critical change by giving numerous women and non binary DJs a platform to develop as artists and be heard.
In the years that followed, Graham continued to develop her catalogue as a producer with a string of releases on Supremus Music, O*rs, Substation Recordings, RF and Nordic Trax. Since 2014, four of her releases have charted internationally.
Most recently, Graham has lent her expertise to the Alberta Electronic Music Conference, a boutique gathering of electronic music masterminds and up-and-comers alike in Western Canada. AEMCON is now heading into its third year, riding high despite its youthful status.
Esette’s knack for launching boundary-breaking initiatives and movements bleeds into her identity as a performer. Ever-changing and effervescent, her multifaceted approach and raw passion are contagious, a testament to the tenacity and zest she wishes to share with those around her.