I am a Leo and it’s Leo season ! I Couldn’t be better 🙂
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Closer”?
“Closer” is probably one of my favorite songs I’ve written. I grew up on a lot of UK Garage and this one has a lot of nostalgia for me. It adds a very dark layer and dimension to the overall sound of the EP and has a very personal message.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I think at some point I felt so stuck with constantly comparing myself to peers that I considered more successful or better than me. This song came about when I realized that I wouldn’t trade who I am or what I am for anything. It really is just about focusing on yourself and trying to get as close to what you envision as your “best self”. It’s about striving for self-excellence.
Any plans to release a video for the track?
Oh yeah, coming out sometime in the Fall!
The single comes off your new album Good & Gone – what’s the story behind the title?
It’s a little self explanatory, it’s about letting go and growth. Moving on from whatever it is that has made you feel like you can’t go on. You really actually can, it takes a bit of time to just come to terms that you come to this place alone and you leave to another one alone. You are responsible for how you heal and your happiness.
How was the recording and writing process?
I had just learned how to produce music, so everything came together in a very experimental way. I don’t think I can actually sit down and purposely produce something like this again. It was a moment.
At the time I didn’t have a studio so a lot of the recording was actually done in my shower with the lights down, my computer set up and this cheap mic I had. Haha , I know it sounds weird, but sometimes you gotta just improvise!
Later on when I met Emmett Kai we got to polish it and re-record some parts in his studio. That was a very special day.
What role does Greece play in your music?
To be honest, I can’t put my finger on it, but I am from there so I know that my upbringing has a lot to do with how I feel and view the world. I’m sure subconsciously it has a big role.
What were some of the things you get to self-discover and struggles you get to explore on this record?
I really came to terms with a lot of things. Whether it was my relationship to my family , moving on from a failed relationship , a failed band, friendships that were shifting, etc. It kinda just hit me that things in life really never stay constant. It’s unrealistic to think that we can always be happy and figured out. I think we learn lessons till the day we die. There isn’t a single thing, answer, or magic pill that can just figure things out for you. You have to learn how to be happy by yourself. It’s imperative.
Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
A lot of natural landscapes. I was so low at a point a few years ago that I just took my dog and moved back home to my parents house. They live close to a lot of beautiful hikes, so my daily routine involved a lot of miles in trails and very serene places. It was the only way I could cope , to just look out and understand how small I am to all this massive beauty that exists on this planet. It used to humble me and help me understand the bigger purpose of what we are here to do.
Any plans to hit the road?
Of course! I’ve only performed three shows.
What else is happening next in Ilton’s world?
I just want to keep going. I don’t have plans for a full album, I want to keep making music and really developing my style. I am just excited to have this work out and move on to the next stage.