Leah Culver is spanning entertainment genres at a whole new level. The singer, songwriter, producer, and DJ is not only a dynamic presence for the dance floor, but she’s personally cultivating her music from scratch by breaking barriers of EDM and mainstream pop music by giving her music a voice. Beyond racking up 1 million cumulative Soundcloud plays and an impressive social media following, she’s shined on music festival stages such as TomorrowWorld, Counterpoint, Magnetic, Impulse, and Imagine Festival to name a few. She’s also garnered support from the likes of Marshmello, Adventure Club, The Chainsmokers, Steve Aoki, Benny Benassi, Porter Robinson, Seven Lions, Borgore, Big K.R.I.T. and Trinidad James to name a few. On top of all of that, she also participated in one of Akon’s Lighting Africa charity events and donated her time and music for this amazing charity. “I want to put a good message out there,” she declares. “I approach music almost like a band would... It’s who I am.”
Born and raised in Atlanta, Leah grew up in a house literally filled with music. Her mom played flute, bagpipes, and drums, Dad rocked the didgeridoo and her older brother would DJ drum ‘n’ bass. Also, her two brothers are musically gifted, with one being a drummer for the Maria Gabriella Band and the other a touring DJ when EDM was still in its infancy. Initially, she gravitated towards guitar, drums, and the microphone, drawing from influences as diverse as Lady Gaga and Paramore all the way to Slipknot. She played with various friends locally, but her formal entry into music proved serendipitous in 2011. “I was working for a promotion company,” she recalls. “The promoter said, ‘There are no female DJs in Atlanta.’ so she said... ‘I’m a female DJ!’ He replied, ‘Okay, you’re booked for Wednesday.’ That happened to be EDM’s biggest night in the city at the time. I was living with some other DJs, and I took what I knew rhythmically as a drummer and learned as much as I could that week. The show ended up being so crazy they booked me again!”
Under her original moniker MK Ultra, Leah carved out a fervent local following through countless high-energy sets in the area rife with just the right amount of jumping and head-banging. Shortly thereafter, she landed festival slots and even integrated a full band into her performance. At this point she was traveling and playing internationally in Japan and in the midst of gigging, she relocated to Brooklyn and further immersed herself in the music. “I spent so much time in New York really diving into what this vision was,” she goes on. “It’s about giving everybody an experience." Now operating bi-coastal between New York, Atlanta, and LA, Leah is ready to really shine as her music and message continue to spread. “Whether you hear me or see me, I want you to feel uplifted and inspired,” she leaves off. “That’s what this is all about."