Isis Graham

Isis Graham / Esette

For the past 20 years house music artist Esette (Isis Graham) has played an instrumental role in shaping Calgary’s dance music landscape into the internationally recognized hotspot that it is today. 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, Maya Jane Coles and Pezzner.

In 1999 she began DJing, and after local bylaws brought about the end of raves the following year she brought her Chicago-influenced house tracks to some of the most notable venues of the last decade. 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. In late 2013, became a co-owner of the new re-launched Substation Recordings, a label dedicated to showcasing the avant-garde of western Canadian house and techno on a world platform. In 2014, she also helped to launch the first community based music listening party at Habitat Living sound; Studio Social which has since inspired many other similar projects like Groundwerk in Vancouver and Feedback Loop in Winnipeg.