1.8.7. became one of the United States' first major drum'n'bass producers, releasing a few popular albums for the New York-based Jungle Sky label in the late '90s. However, producer Jordana LeSesne became just as known for her transsexuality as for her music following a much publicized sex change in 1998, changing from Joe, her born name, to Jordana, her new name. The sex change scored her a cover story in the July 1998 issue of Mixmag.
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, LeSesne grew up in the late '70s and '80s with a brother who spun disco, hip-hop, and electro. She dabbled in music at an early age, playing several instruments in the high school band as well as in local punk bands. Her introduction to electronic dance music came in 1988 when she began listening to BBC broadcasts featuring acid house. It wasn't until the early '90s that dance music crept into Pittsburgh, and LeSense began frequenting many of the city's first rave-like parties. It wasn't long before she began making dance music of her own.
Liquid Sky began releasing her music in 1996, beginning with the compilation track "Dis Soun'" featured on This Is Jungle Sky, Vol. 2. The New York label also released a few 1.8.7. albums in the subsequent years, beginning with When Worlds Collide (1997). ~ Jason Birchmeier, Rovi