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1.8.7

Born in: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US
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  • drum and bass

1.8.7

1.8.7 is a pseudonym for Jordana LeSesne, a musician and producer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She became widely known in the mid-1990s as an American Drum and Bass producer. The Village Voice described her as being "[w]idely regarded as the top U.S. drum'n'bass producer." Vibe magazine called her "one of the most respected Drum ‘n' Bass producers in the US." In 2015 Jordana was named as one of "20 Women Who Shaped the History of Dance Music" by the authoritative dance music magazine Mixmag. Previously, in 2014, For Harriet Magazine named Jordana as one of "12 Women in Black Music History You Should Know". In 2014, Complex Magazine UK named one of her songs to a list of "36 Great American Drum & Bass Tracks". She is transgender and has been living as a woman since 1998.

She has released of over 50 tracks which includes four full-length albums, several EPs, and many remixes under the alias "1.8.7". The album When Worlds Collide, released in 1997, became known for its "dark pummeling assaults". She has also licensed tracks for numerous compilations as well as the Sci Fi Channel. Three of her albums charted in the Top 25 of both the CMJ (College Music Journal) and Mixmag U.S. (later Mixer Magazine, now defunct) for 1997 as well as 1998 and 1999. Her third album "The Cities Collection" debuted in the CMJ Top 5 climbed to the #2 position on CMJ Music Monthly's dance chart for June 2000.

Her works have been reviewed by the likes of Billboard, Spin, Rolling Stone, Urb, Mixer, Mixmag, Raygun, Vibe, and Trip (Español), as well as Knowledge – the U.K. Drum and Bass magazine. In 1999 she was listed in Raygun's "Who's Who of International DJs". She was one of the headlining DJs on Knowledge Magazine's 28 city "Kung Fu Knowledge" tour in 1999. She also made Out Magazine's OUT100 for the year 2000.