Born in Newfoundland, the easternmost province of Canada, Helene Hilary Jean Baird, better known as AADJA, was entranced by music from an early age. She picked up a guitar at age five, and went on to play clarinet, piano, flute and baritone saxophone, as well as receiving classical vocal training.
In 2019, AADJA made a major breakthrough when she was signed to cult Italian techno label Pushmaster Discs. Her first Pushmaster EP, Celestial Path, included remixes by underground heroes Deniro and Hector Oaks.
The following year, she was signed to Nina Kraviz’s Trip Recordings, with her tracks added to the label’s Hot Steel compilations 1 and 2. Kraviz was so impressed by AADJA’s tracks, she also signed a seven-track EP, and declared its title track “Thought Dealer” one of her favorite tracks of 2020.
Since Thought Dealer’s release, AADJA has toured everywhere from the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Czech Republic and Switzerland to Colombia, Chile, and Mexico. Recently, she played her second Boiler Room in Toronto in front of some 12,000 enraptured fans.
AADJA’s music can be broadly defined as fast, ethereal and trippy techno, often incorporating her own hypnotic vocals, but she’s reluctant to put a label on her sound. She does not limit herself to any particular genre, but instead gravitates towards colorful music that reflects her multifaceted personality.