Interview w/ Ajja By The Ozorian Prophet: http://ozorianprophet.eu/home-heart/
O.Z.O.R.A. Festival's 'One Day' series is moving on to the Netherlands and will be blasting for the second time two years in a row in Amsterdam. After last year's hugely successful party, there was no question of having it anywhere else but at the Dutch capital's nightlife center and Europe's perhaps most famous venue, Melkweg.
The Big Bang is guaranteed by the thoughtfully selected line-up. Founder of Peak Records, AJJA with his twisted psy-experience and love of funky grooves is a recurring guest of not only the 'One Day in' parties but also O.Z.O.R.A. Festival's Main Stage.
He is an eclectic and multi-talented Swiss artist who channels his creativity through parallel careers as musician / producer / DJ, Peak Records label manager, graphic artist and tattoo artist.
Born in London in 1975, AJJA grew up roaming the planet with his world-renowned family of tattoo-artists and travellers. Wandering across the world and bathed in various artistic scenes, he was provided with a constant creative drive. He started playing guitar when he was nine years old, and having been reared in a rock'n'roll and funk atmosphere, he first concentrated on these musical styles. By his mid-teens, he had composed, produced and recorded over one hundred original songs. He performed with a number of live bands in different countries and continued to create music and release rock albums for another decade. During this time, he also picked up the family trade and started tattooing alongside his parents and older brother Filip Leu.
At the end of the nineties, his interest gradually shifted towards electronic music, causing him to explore new digital horizons. In 2002, AJJA and musician friends Master Margherita, Dymons and Flooting Grooves created The Peaking Goddess Collective, a chill & psytrance band that fuses live instruments and digital technology. After performing in many parties and festivals and releasing tracks on many compilations, their debut album "Organika" was released on Peak Records in August 2007.
In the summer of 2003, AJJA, in collaboration with his partner, visual artist Tanina Munchkina and musicians Dj Gaspard and Master Margherita, founded the psychedelic trance label Peak Records. In five years, the label has gained respect and a solid reputation in the psytrance scene, releasing many quality night-time and chill albums and compilations.
The same year saw the birth of Yab Yum, the fully digital project shared by AJJA and Dj Gaspard. They have since released numerous tracks on world-renowned labels, and their debut album "Nocturnal Emissions", released on Peak Records in December 2006, has been widely praised in the international psytrance scene. They have performed with growing success worldwide from Japan to South America. After Dj Gaspard, left Yab Yum in June 2008, Ajja decided to continue the project by himself.
In 2005, AJJA started a solo project under his own name. This digital live-act is primarily 144bpm-based, focusing on groovy, non-cheesy, psychedelic trance that can be played in the morning or in the middle of the night.
AJJA released his first solo night-time track in 2007, followed later the same year by his debut album "PSYCHOGENICA", on the Irish label Syncronize Records. In 2008, AJJA had more releases on Peak Records, the Boom 2006 DVD, Syncronize, Northern Psylights, Gaian Mind, Phar Psyde, Liquid, Pixan with more new tracks to come. His second album is in the works and is planned for release on Peak Records in late 2009.
In the past three years, AJJA has performed in numerous parties and festivals including Boom, Universo Paralello, Full Moon, Antaris, Glade, Soulclipse, Life, Gaian Mind, Wickerman, World People, Forgotten Ritual and Waveform Project. His much appreciated live sets have already rocked & grooved dancefloors in Japan, The United States, Canada, Brazil, Russia, Switzerland, France, Portugal, Germany, Austria, Italy, England, Ireland, Scotland, Ukraine and Turkey.
Not satisfied with so much activity, Ajja also composes music for theater plays, designs Peak Records covers with his partner Tanina Munchkina, designs web applications and works as a tattoo artist in his family's shop in Lausanne, Switzerland.
An energetic, enthusiastic and gifted being, AJJA is an artist not to be missed!
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