i l l y r is a singer, music producer and choreographer. i l l y r’s music mines a heady range of source material, from samples of sexual encounters and bodies dancing to soaring vocal recordings made in churches. The music feels physical and alive.
Born and raised on the outskirts of London, he released his first EP - [SCROLLING SUBCONSCIOUS] in 2017. The EP project incorporated moving image into a sonic triptych, and was a collaboration with visual artist REMEMBER YOU WERE MADE TO BE USED. The project culminated in a live show with skinhead dancers and musicians, which was streamed by Dazed & NTS Radio. He was selected for the Dazed 100 2017 list of the next generation shaping youth culture.
i l l y r trained at Rambert School of Ballet & Contemporary Dance. He has worked extensively in the commercial world as both a performer and a choreographer, devising movement for music promotions, film and print work. He has worked with Vivienne Westwood, Dior, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Goldfrapp, Theo Adams Company and Mert Alas.