Non-tra­di­tional singer-song­writer Iluka de­scribes her mu­si­cal style as an eclec­tic mix of rock and roll, psy­che­delic mo­town and tribal torch pop

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE & LOUD - Iluka and her band play The Loft, Chevron Is­land, to­mor­row night.

Iluka doesn’t en­vis­age her­self as a tra­di­tional per­former. In­stead, the Syd­ney­based singer-song­writer, real name Nikki Thor­burn, uses mu­sic as a plat­form to ex­press and in­vest her­self through both sad­ness and joy.

“I want the au­di­ence to be able to re­late to that ex­pe­ri­ence and have their own emo­tional re­sponse,” she says.

“Whether that’s to be up and dancing, or share a quiet re­flec­tive mo­ment. Much like life, vo­cals and mu­sic can just as eas­ily go from a pow­er­ful high to a frag­ile low. At least that’s what I hope my live show is like.”

Cur­rently tour­ing her lat­est sin­gle 12th Of July, the soul­ful, retro-pop songstress says she penned the song on the road.

Iluka says at the time she was “very young and chas­ing any kind of feel­ing, ad­ven­ture or story”.

“I heard from a friend that a group of no­madic wave chasers were driv­ing across Europe from east to west,” she says.

“They had a spare seat in the van and I just went. I never thought twice.”

Iluka says 12th Of July is an ode to the open road. “It’s an ode to the grand high­way and the lovers and haters and cra­zies and searchers and leavers and dream­ers and schemers who dwell upon her end­less shores,” she says.

Hav­ing sup­ported Aus­tralian artists Matt Corby, The Rubens and Clairy Browne & the Ban­gin’ Rack­ettes, Iluka’s soar­ing yet smoky vo­cals are gain­ing a strong fol­low­ing.

Cur­rently work­ing to­wards a de­but re­lease, Iluka says her style lives “some­where along the lines of rock ‘n’ roll meets psy­che­delic mo­town meets tribal torch pop.”

“As far as ‘flavour’ goes, let’s say half a pack of cig­a­rettes, a bot­tle of honey whiskey, capped with a 70/30 cock­tail of up­pers and down­ers,” she says.

“It is frac­tured at times, smooth at oth­ers. It will have you up and dancing but oc­ca­sion­ally break your heart. Whether or not it turns into an EP or al­bum re­mains to be seen.”

Iluka and band play The Loft

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