ILA is the moniker of the 22 years old singer-songwriter Ilayda Cicek. Her music is characterised by her unique voice and unadulterated emotions which unmask the inconsistencies of life. Expect a wayward, tender and honest artist accompanied by Cas Kinnaer (drums) and Sam Smeets (Guitar). Her debut EP 'Ila', containing 4 live-recorded songs, was released in February 2018 and her second EP is ready to be released in autumn 2019. She was runner-up in the 2017 Limbomania competition and was selected for Humo's Rock Rally and Studio Brussel's De Nieuwe Lichting. She's artist in residence at the Muziekodroom in Hasselt.  Since 2017 she's played over 45 shows at Ancienne Belgique, Trix, Handelsbeurs, Muziekodroom, Absolutely Free Festival, We Are Open, ...

Recently ILA returned to the studio with Cas Kinnaer (drums) and Sam Smeets (guitar) to record a brand new EP supervised/engineered and recorded by producer Bert Vliegen (Whispering Sons, Horses, Teen Creeps, Fornet,…). To be released on oct. 19 via noisesome recordings.

Throughout 2020/2021 ILA started writing new material. New musical horizons. New directions. The band recorded 7 new track under guidance of Bert Vliegen. Michael Badger came aboard to mix the final album 'Felt' mastered by David Briggs. Release 08/10/2021. First single taken of the album called 'Leave Me Dry'. 

End 2021 the band returned to the studio to record their foloow-up single 'Live to Love' with Damien Vanderhasselt (Swamp studio) and Michael Badger Taweel (AUS).


Ilayda Cicek – guitars, vocals
Sam Smeets – guitars, effects
Cas Kinnaer - drums


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