Artist info

Genre

Indie, Pop


band members

ILUKA.


Website

ilukamusic.squarespace.com

Bio

Deep in ILUKA’s music, you can hear the sound of a wild heart given the space to roam free. The Australian-born musician and singer-songwriter is of a breed you don’t often find anymore — that of the troubadour. Her music, built from the foundational elements of classic rock and beloved, worn-in soul, tells universal tales of hope and love, struggle and sacrifice, with a thoroughly modern lens; comforting and galvanising in equal measure, it is the kind of art that comes only as a result of a life well lived, of a mind challenged and expanded by the lushest, farthest reaches of the world.

ILUKA was taught the basics of songwriting from her earliest years. Her father is a songwriter and guitar-maker who fostered her talent, spending hours on the balcony of their Blue Mountains home encouraging her to channel the artistic energies evident inside her towards music. Anyone can be taught how to play an instrument, but not anyone can learn the heart and soul present in the best of it; it was this early education, the passing-down of emotion from one generation to another, that gave ILUKA’s music its spark, the seed that’s still growing to this day.

A magnetic, charismatic character from childhood, ILUKA relished in the ability to inhabit characters and explore, through her imagination, the worlds present in the minds of the various eccentric characters she created. You can hear this empathy, this openness to the spirits and inner worlds of others, in her music to this day: it’s that element, that rare communion from one soul to another, that sets her apart. Despite its thrilling immediacy, its pop edge, ILUKA’s music possesses a ruggedness, a handmade feeling, that she carries down from her forebears — Joni Mitchell and Jeff Buckley, Carole King and Stevie Nicks.
She spent the last year toiling in L.A. and Nashville, working with some of America’s finest writers and musicians on a batch of songs that resulted in a worldwide deal with BMG. You can hear all of it — a life, a big spirit, more wide-reaching than most ever dream of — in ILUKA’s music; touching on emotive poetics and the mind-expanding qualities of psychedelic rock, there are diaphanous layers to the art she’s putting into the world now. It is pop music with a soul and a purpose, with a connection to some kind of higher power and some kind of deep, hard won honesty. In ILUKA’s music there is truth, power, and, at its centre, that wild heart.

Unearthed in 2018

The Rubens Tour

23 Sep 2018

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Review

Review by Claire Mooney Claire Mooney

19 Oct 2020

Triple J
40

ILUKA goes big on this new release. It sounds like you've stepped so confidently into your power and you sound spectacular.

ILUKA goes big on this new release. It sounds like you've stepped so confidently into your power and you sound spectacular.

Review

Review by Claire Mooney Claire Mooney

19 Oct 2020

Triple J
40

ILUKA goes big on this new release. It sounds like you've stepped so confidently into your power and you sound spectacular.

ILUKA goes big on this new release. It sounds like you've stepped so confidently into your power and you sound spectacular.

Review

Review by Dave Ruby Howe Dave Ruby Howe

12 Oct 2020

Triple J
40

Hell yes this is a good song, ILUKA! It's got pop-covered treats to tickle your ears but there's a yearning heart in the middle to back it up with substance.

Hell yes this is a good song, ILUKA! It's got pop-covered treats to tickle your ears but there's a yearning heart in the middle to back it up with substance.