Ajja

Real Name:
Ajja Salvador Felix Leu
Profile:
Ajja is an eclectic and multi-talented Swiss artist who channels his creativity through parallel careers as musician, producer, label manager, graphic artist, software developer and painter.

Born in London in 1975, Ajja grew up roaming the planet with his world-renowned family of tattoo-artists. Wandering across the world and bathed in various artistic scenes, he was instilled from childhood with a constant creative drive.

He started playing guitar when he was nine years old, and having been reared in a rock’n’roll and funk atmosphere, he initially concentrated on these musical styles. He first performed on a stage at twelve years old, playing songs between acts at the stand-up comedy club Les Faux Nez in Lausanne, Switzerland. Around the same time, Ajja learned the art of being a street musician, which he continued to practice occasionally all over the world well into his adult life.

By his mid-teens, he had composed, produced and recorded over one hundred original songs. He performed with live bands and continued to create music and self-release rock albums for another decade under the name S.F. Leu & The Family Iron. During this time, he also picked up the family trade and started tattooing alongside his parents Felix and Loretta and his older brother Filip. At the end of the nineties, his interest gradually shifted towards electronic music, causing him to explore new digital horizons.

Ajja played his first big psychedelic trance gathering in December 2002 on the main stage of the Outback Eclipse Festival in Australia, during a full solar eclipse. Upon returning to Switzerland from this life-changing experience, he founded Peak Records in 2003 with his wife Tanina Munchkina and fellow musicians Master Margherita and Dj Gaspard. The same year also saw the birth of the psychedelic live band The Peaking Goddess Collective with Master Margherita, Dymons & Flooting Grooves, as well as Yab Yum, his electronic live project with Dj Gaspard.

In 2005, Ajja started a solo project under his own name. He quickly became known for delivering groovy psychedelic trance, crossing genres to attract people from a broad range of styles. His debut studio album “Psychogenica” was released in 2007 on Syncronize Records, followed by “Tulpa” in 2012 on Peak Records and the mid-tempo album “Spira Mirabilis” in 2017 on T.I.P. Records.

Around 2010 Ajja teamed up with fellow guitarist and producer Cosmosis, playing high-energy psychedelic trance featuring live rock guitars. This formation played at major festivals internationally but remained a pure live act and did not release any studio albums. Ajja & Cosmosis did, however, release the successful electronic chill album “The Alien Jams” recorded live in the prestigious H.R. Giger Museum in Switzerland, before they disbanded in 2013.

In 2015 Ajja & Tanina Munchkina created the much-acclaimed Novelty Engine project, a high-power psychedelic jam-band with a modular cast of all-star musicians hand-picked from both the electronic underground and mainstream music scenes.

Since 2006, Ajja has released over a hundred songs under various names, including many collaborations with other well-known musicians and producers, spanning a wide range of styles. He has also formed a few side projects in recent years, including Infinitti Gritti in 2016 with Dickster and Burn in Noise, and Vogon 42 in 2018 with Dickster.

In 2017, Ajja created an alternate version of his solo project under the name Junju, which focuses more on the groovy melodic sides of psychedelic trance with a more noticeable influence from old-school Goa trance.

In 2021, Ajja & Tanina Munchkina created the label Superfluid Sound as a place to gather all the unreleased music that Ajja has created over the years.

Ajja lives with his family in a quiet little village in the Swiss mountains. When he’s not busy touring or in the studio, he designs web applications, writes audio plugins in C++, paints and creates digital art.

Although he has regularly performed at major events around the world and is used to a heavy touring schedule, he still enjoys small, intimate parties and clubs just as much.

An energetic, enthusiastic and gifted being, Ajja is an artist not to be missed!
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Albums

SNR001 Psychogenica — Ajja Ajja Psychogenica(CD, Album) Syncronize Records SNR001 UK & Ireland 2007 Sell This Version
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PR020 Tulpa — Ajja Ajja Tulpa (Album) Peak Records (2) PR020 Switzerland 2012 Sell This Version
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PR022 The Alien Jams (Live At The HR Giger Museum) — Ajja Ajja & Cosmosis Ajja & Cosmosis - The Alien Jams (Live At The HR Giger Museum) (Album) Peak Records (2) PR022 Switzerland 2014 Sell This Version
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TIPR2016005 Spira Mirabilis — Ajja Ajja Spira Mirabilis (Album) TIP Records TIPR2016005 UK 2017 Sell This Version
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none Chillsome — Ajja Ajja Chillsome(9xFile, FLAC, Album, RE, RM) Not On Label (Ajja Self-released) none Switzerland 2020
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SF001 Oddular — Ajja Ajja Oddular(10xFile, FLAC, Album) Superfluid Sound SF001 Switzerland 2021
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Singles & EPs

ZOMEP038 Maze Of Mirrors — Ajja Ajja, Arcon (2) Ajja, Arcon (2) - Maze Of Mirrors(File, MP3, EP, Single, 320) Zer01 Music ZOMEP038 2018
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Miscellaneous

QM-2PV-15-58063 Starshine — Ajja Murat (9) & Ajja Murat (9) & Ajja - Starshine(File, AIFF) S.T.A.R.LABS QM-2PV-15-58063 Turkey 2015
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HMHD118 The Other Side — Ajja Alpha Portal & Ajja Alpha Portal & Ajja - The Other Side Shamanic Tales HMHD118 Israel 2017
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SACTEC023 Divine Particles — Ajja Ajja & Outsiders (16) Ajja & Outsiders (16) - Divine Particles(File, WAV) Sacred Technology SACTEC023 Israel 2017
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DOPDIGI101 Juicy Shrooms (Imaginarium Rmx) — Ajja Ajja Juicy Shrooms (Imaginarium Rmx)(File, MP3, 320) Digital Om Productions DOPDIGI101 India 2017
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TIPR2018019 Dawn Dragons — Ajja Ajja & Arcon (2) Ajja & Arcon (2) - Dawn Dragons(File, MP3, 320) TIP Records TIPR2018019 UK 2018
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UBDR090 Crunch Bunny — Ajja Mekkanikka & Ajja Mekkanikka & Ajja - Crunch Bunny(File, MP3, 320) United Beats Records UBDR090 Spain 2019
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none Geminorum (2020 Remaster) — Ajja Ajja Geminorum (2020 Remaster)(File, FLAC) Not On Label (Ajja Self-released) none Switzerland 2020
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none Starfall (2020 Mix) — Ajja Ajja Starfall (2020 Mix)(File, FLAC) Not On Label (Ajja Self-released) none Switzerland 2020
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SHAMAN008 The Other Side (Volcano On Mars Remix) — Ajja Alpha Portal & Ajja Alpha Portal & Ajja - The Other Side (Volcano On Mars Remix)(File, WAV) Shamanic Tales SHAMAN008 Israel 2020
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none Engage (Wild Party Mix) — Ajja Ajja Engage (Wild Party Mix)(File, FLAC) Not On Label (Ajja Self-released) none Switzerland 2020
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none Snapdragon (Leviathan Mix) — Ajja Ajja Snapdragon (Leviathan Mix)(File, FLAC) Not On Label (Ajja Self-released) none Switzerland 2020
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none Tripmunch (Chatterbox Mix) — Ajja Ajja Tripmunch (Chatterbox Mix)(File, FLAC) Not On Label (Ajja Self-released) none Switzerland 2020
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UBDR131 Futurism — Ajja Mekkanikka & Ajja Mekkanikka & Ajja - Futurism(File, WAV) United Beats Records UBDR131 Spain 2021