Brian Asha is a vocalist, songwriter and music producer now based in Vancouver, Canada. His newest recordings feature sounds in dance music, alternative rock and retro pop; delivered with his unique, intimate vocal style. As a DJ he is celebrated for his diverse playlists that create just the right vibe for the best nightclubs, hotels, lounges and events.
Raised in the UK and East Africa, Brian Asha moved to Toronto in the 80's and quickly became part of the music scene on Queen Street West. Before long he was working as a DJ on local radio, in after-hours bars and dance clubs.
Brian's neighbour in Toronto was Jamaican-born Donovan Black, drummer for UK reggae stars Twinkle Brothers and Toronto's Messenjah. Together they recorded several tracks as King Culture, creating a fusion of rock, reggae and electronic dance music.
In the 90's, he helped pioneer Canada’s underground rave scene in Toronto and Montreal with House of Euphoria, a DJ cooperative, fusing sexy performance art and dance music catching the attention of Canadian media and even CNN.
In 1995 Brian moved to Montreal and made the EP Supernova at Studio Morin Heights, working with producer Nicolas Miranda and singer Pascale Coulombe of Montreal's COMA. The sessions produced Lady Queen Street and Super Nova, signalling a grittier rock sound.
Since the mid 1990's, Brian has worked extensively in online media. He is a Canadian internet pioneer. Today, he is a Creative Director and web TV host. He was an early champion of New Leaf Project, an innovative program that helps people who are homeless in Vancouver.
Brian continues to DJ and release new music, partnering in recent years with Karl Mohr of Tape Life Records, Montreal producer Jordan Perry and Vancouver's Jake Millions. His newest recordings feature sounds in dance music, alternative rock and retro pop and are available on multiple platforms around the world.
Brian Asha | Retro Pop Mix
Brian Asha | Dance Music Mix
Brian Asha | Lady Queen Street | Best Of 80's & 90's
Brian Asha Toronto 2018
Brian Asha Music "One Star Falls" Cover Art
Brian Asha and Jack Knowles rock the house in their first band The Upsetters at Rossall School, about 1979.
Rockabilly Brian Asha on sax 1982.
Brian Asha on Queen Street West, Toronto in the mid 1980s
Early gig poster for Brian Asha and Donovan Black in King Culture, mid 1980s.
Brian Asha publicity shot, Montreal, late 1980s.
Artwork for Brian Asha gig poster mid 1990s.
Brian Asha on stage in Toronto.
Brian Asha at Studio Morin Heights, Quebec, recording Lady Queen Street, 1998.
Brian Asha and pals in Montreal, 1998.
Brian Asha publicity shot for She's My Ride, 2010.
Brian Asha poster art 2010
Brian Asha, reunited with Donovan Black with Sven and DJ Rude, after the show in Toronto, 2010.
Brian Asha on stage at The Drake Hotel, Toronto.
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