Avalon Emerson is one of the underground's most in-demand DJs who rose to the top of the underground DJ world based on her reputation for technical skill and stylistically diverse DJ sets. Avalon's selections reflect a deep knowledge of house, techno, new wave, EBM and rave. Her style transcends the confines of time or genre by recontextualizing dance music from previous eras among contemporary sounds and her own productions and edits.
Raised in Arizona, Avalon started to make, release and play music in San Francisco before moving to Berlin in 2014. In 2016 she released one of Resident Advisor's Top 10 Tracks of the Decade, "The Frontier," an emotive and colorful techno song that became a hit thanks to Avalon's ear-catching melody. Since then, she has toured the world's most famous clubs and festivals and remixed the likes of Slowdive, Robyn, Four Tet, Lena Platonos and more.
In 2019 she launched her own international series of events named 9000 Dreams, which entailed all-night-long solo marathon DJ sets and club lineups that she curated. And that's in addition to the steady stream of original music that she's issued on various respected electronic music labels like AD 93 and Ghostly International imprint Spectral Sound.
In the past few years, she became a regular across all floors of Berlin's famous Berghain nightclub and played at major festivals like Coachella and Pitchfork. Her sets traverses a wide range of tempos, styles and eras with the grace of an experienced selector who distinguishes herself based on technical skill, clever methodology and a unique vision.
Avalon Emerson's contribution to !K7's DJ-Kicks series, out September 4, 2020, encompasses her maverick sound. The 70-minute mix traverses a wide range of tempos, styles and eras with the grace of an experienced selector who distinguishes herself based on technical skill, clever methodology and a unique vision. Old-school house records mingle with references to rave and Italo, but the set isn't confined to a specific era or style — besides her own.
"I wanted it to be representative of how I sound in the club while incorporating new original music," Emerson says. “I thought of it as a good opportunity to summarize the last few years of DJing for me and share my original productions, covers and remixes.”