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Jessica Kaera Cho

AKA: Jessica Cho

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Classically-trained pianist/DJ/producer Jessica Kaera Cho started her career lugging keyboard and amp around Toronto on the subway to busk in the city streets, chasing away thieves trying to grab her tip jar. She quickly moved up to playing club gigs with jazz, funk, soul and pop bands in Toronto and Korea until session work with Toronto house music producers introduced her to the underground dance music world.

Despite only beginning her DJ career in 2011, she’s rapidly risen through the ranks in Toronto, and has played gigs with everyone from John Acquaviva, Morgan Geist, and Chez Damier. Her DJ style is all over the map, ranging from moody Detroit techno to jazzy deep house, disco to broken beat, blending it all together into a sound all her own.

In the studio, she’s since moved beyond session work as a musician to emerge as an up-and-coming producer herself, and her debut single Atom Heart is to be released in early 2014 on Toronto house label Mikita Skyy. As half of Vision Of Paradise (with Toronto deep house veteran Ali Black) she’s remixed synth pop band Parallels and South Africa’s Mulo Blaqe, and also accompanied Black on his Technobism single for Bulgaria’s Secret Jams label.

As a live performer she’s gone from playing the 2009 edition of prestigious Honey Jam showcase to accompanying house legend Kerri Chandler live on keys in 2013. More recently she’s started a live electronic performance-based project called Chobo with multi-instrumentalist Benjamin Boles, and is working towards her own solo live show.