This week we have the soulful songstress, Lila Iké. Once you hear her voice, you know it’s her. She really does have a unique sound and style (both in music and fashion lol) I have had the opportunity to see her perform live a couple of times and it is always a joy to observe her stage presence. You would think that she has been doing this forever! Coming through with her old soul, Lila is set to win over hearts all around the world.
Photo by: Nickii Kane
Why do you sing?
Lila: I sing because it is therapeutic for me. Kinda like listening to music when you’re in a particular mood, but I’m singing.
You were born & rasied in Manchester (rural Jamaica). Best and worst thing about growing up/living there?
Best thing about country life, I feel it is way more healthier than city life, with food coming straight from the ground majority of the time. It is also peaceful and relaxing. On the other hand, there are not much platforms to express creativity.
What was the transition to Kingston (capital city) like for you?
The transition to Kingston for me was very exciting. It was basically the first time I got to be really in control of my life without my Mom being by my side. At first, it was a bit scary but I managed. I got to be a party girl for awhile and then I experienced the conscious community which actually changed my lifestyle positively.
You’re a part of the In.Digg.Nation Collective (Independent Creative Label spearheaded by recording artiste, Protoje) Take us back to that moment when you first made the link with Protoje?
I met Protoje the first day I moved to Kingston actually. I was invited to his album launch for Ancient Future, which was exciting because this was also my first time seeing majority of the artistes I listen to from the “Reggae Revival” in person. He was very chill and cool, I managed to tell him that I’m a musician and he would be hearing stuff from me very soon. Eventually he did and he loved it!
What are the Top 3 things you have learnt since working with him?
- Time Management
You released your first single, ‘Biggest Fan’ in 2017. Could you give us some insight into the recording process for this song?
The recording process for Biggest Fan was exciting! It was my first time being in a recording booth as big as a room (laughs) I loved it. I learnt a lot as it relates to the difference between writing a song and performing it in front of my mirror versus laying down the track in a studio.
Listen to ‘Biggest Fan’ here:
You got the opportunity to go on your first overseas tour in the UK last year as well. Tell us about that experience.
The UK tour was amazing! It was my first time there. I had a lot of wonderful experiences, met a lot of cool people and had some of the best naps of my life. Big up Kwest Hotel in London! Not to mention the bunk bed on the tour bus. Magical!
Put your playlist on shuffle and give me the first five selections. Let’s see what you got.
- Breeze – Aidonia x Govana
- Bout Noon – Protoje
- Blessed – Daniel Caesar
- Wings With Me – Ini Kamoze
- Ex Factor _ Lauryn Hill
In closing, what message would you like to leave with the people?
Love yourself and live life to the fullest. Go outside and take in Mother Earth as much as possible!
Give thanks for reading. Look out for new music from Lila in the very near future but in the meanwhile, check this bad bad bad Dub version of ‘Biggest Fan’ below. (Done by the great, Gregory Morris) Bless up!