Tell us a little bit about yourself.
So, my stage name is I.L.Y.A. which stands for I Leave You Amazed. I’m originally from Moscow, Russia but I’m exploring American music scene. I’m really blessed for all the nice things that happened in my life. And I have my new EP “Hybrid” out and I can’t wait to share it with the rest of the world!
How did you go from making music in GarageBand to doing it professionally?
It’s been a long way. That was the first software that I used to make some music and I remember that I had no idea that you actually could do it by yourself. That was maybe around 10 years ago. But that software had a lot of restrictions so since that time I started looking for more complex and efficient software. That’s how I discovered Logic Pro and Ableton. I have definitely studied a lot before writing songs that I have out now. I’m a perfectionist so I always look for a way to do the best of my ability. I like to go to different music courses to learn something new for myself that I can use later during the songwriting process. I think that’s an infinite way. There are no limits for your musical evolution.
How would you describe your musical style?
I do music with hooky and catchy melodies complemented by meaningful lyrics. I try to stay unique but at the same time, my music is kinda pop. Also, I raise various issues in my songs, from some everyday things to global problems. I think it’s important not to forget that music is a very effective tool to inspire people. In addition, I’d say I don’t really restrict myself with a certain style. I just do music that I feel inside of my soul.
How have you evolved since your 2015 EP, “Music For You”?
A lot! That was my first serious try and music styles on that EP are mixed too. I recorded it in a studio of my university in Moscow. It was fun. I had no time and creativity limits. After that, I really reconsidered my music. I wanted to make it sound more pop so it appeals to a bigger audience. I’ve released a few singles in different genres. I wanted to test an audience with it. Only after that, the vision for the EP came to me.
Also, I spent a lot of time improving my music skills. I attended different music events and talked to all these wonderful people. It really inspired me and broadened my world-outlook. And that’s all definitely helped to work on EP “Hybrid”.
How has your transition been from Russia to the US?
Very easy. I had no serious problems. It feels like home here, especially New York. I love this city. It’s so cosmopolitan and diverse. So many talented people here. I get a lot of inspiration here.
Your latest single is called, “Pour It Out”. What can you tell us about this song?
This song is very personal. It’s about abolishing all bad addictions, hurtful memories, and unpleasant experiences. At some point of my life, I just noticed that there are so many people that look happy at first sight but when you get deeper you notice that they have so many problems that really don’t let them move forward properly. That song is intended to purify your mind from all that stuff.
Take us through the video for “Pour It Out” which was directed by Madina Akhmedova.
The video is personal as well. It was shot in Moscow in locations that relate to me. We had a studio where I shot my first cool music video. We had a commuter train that’s by my neighborhood in Moscow. And then I’m trying to escape that urban environment to the countryside, the area that’s not far from my family house where I spent all of my time. It’s truly the only place where I could get away from all my problems and find liberation. And we showed it in my music video. By the way, it was quite cold when we were shooting the music video. The Moscow River was only 50 degrees Fahrenheit. That was a real purifying moment!
You just released your latest EP called, “Hybrid”. What can audiences expect from this set of songs?
It’s gonna be a hybrid as it’s entitled. A hybrid of music styles, influences, and origin. All songs are quite different but they still complement each other since they all represent me as an artist who likes doing music in various genres.
What advice would you have for aspiring music artists?
I would say that you gotta keep pushing no matter what happens. There will always be people saying “no” to your music but it shouldn’t let you down because there are always people that say “yes” to your music. And their amount will be increasing since you’re evolving as an artist and releasing more music.
Also, be genuine. Don’t try to create a story that never happened for your songs. Listeners will notice that. Use your real emotions. Music can cure.
What’s your life like outside of music?
I live a very healthy lifestyle. Physical activity every day, healthy food. I’d like to show that you can live a fun interesting life without all that bad stuff if you know what I mean. Also, I like to explore. I try to discover something new for myself every day. It could be anything, some exhibition, hip event, talking some strangers on the streets, going outdoors or just reading something interesting on the internet. That all inspires me for my music. I like spending time with my friends. They’re all very nice and supportive. Shout-out to all of them!
Let the readers know where to find you online.
@ileaveyouamazed is my nickname everywhere. Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. You can find me wherever you want. Subscribe to my news on www.ileaveyouamazed.com and don’t forget to check my new EP “Hybrid” out on all music platforms http://smarturl.it/ephybrid