Avalon Emerson produces adventurous techno and house inspired equally by the vast deserts of Arizona (where she grew up) and the futurism of Detroit techno.
Her tracks are expansive, sprawling, and inventively designed, yet they're always grounded by heavy, propulsive rhythms. Born in San Francisco but raised in Arizona, she moved back to her birthplace in 2009 and started to DJ at house parties, and eventually at clubs. Soon after, she started producing music, and began posting tracks online in 2012. Following a few self-released house singles, her first physical release came in 2014, when San Francisco-based Icee Hot
released her "Pressure"/"Quoi" 12". Two EPs appeared on Spring Theory that year, as Emerson began playing her first international DJ gigs, traveling abroad to Canada, Germany, and the Netherlands. In 2015, she relocated to Berlin and released an EP on the Dresden-based Shtum label. She regularly appeared at Berlin's Panorama Bar, and became busy playing gigs at clubs throughout Europe, North America, and Asia. She released two highly acclaimed EPs in 2016: Whities 006 (on the London-based Whities
label) and Narcissus in Retrograde (on Ghostly International
's club-focused sister label Spectral Sound
). In 2017, she earned further acclaim for her spacious downtempo remix of Slowdive
's "Sugar for the Pill." Whities 013 appeared in November of the same year. ~ Paul Simpson, Rovi