Hailing from New Orleans (the birthplace of Jazz and Blues) and born into a diverse family ethnic background consisting of African/American, Native American, Cherokee and French, IKIL ORIION set out to create a path of his own at a young tender age, with the sole intent to conquer Planet Rock. It works out well, given that his name means ‘the brightest star in the galaxy.’ Sure enough, IKIL ORIION is on track as a budding international star that emcompasses the spirit of what true Rock & Roll legends are made of.
“For Better ‘R’ Worse” is IKIL’s brilliant debut single, which just premiered in the UK. The video is already causing quite a stir and is approaching 150K YouTube views, paving the way for the launch of IKIL’s debut album Paranoise Void, out October 29th.
Having grown up in the musically enriched culture of New Orleans, IKIL ORIION embraces music, art and fashion in a way Andy Warhol or Basquiat would today, showcasing the distinct synergies between the three mediums. He has coined the phrase and genre Raw Noir Nouveau Punk and has been described as “Post- Rock,” drawing comparisons to iconic artists such as Lenny Kravitz, Mick Jagger, David Bowie and Iggy Pop.
The groundbreaking album Paranoise Void was mixed and engineered by the Grammy-winning multi-platinum production team Sylvia Massy and Rich Veltrop. The album features an all-star cast consisting of the original Ska/Punk pioneers Fishbone, New Orleans funkster Ivan Neville, U.K. legend Don Letts (Big Audio Dynamite), percussion maestro Leon Mobely (Ben Harper) and modern day guitar hero Rocky George of Suicidal Tendencies. Grammy nominee Erick Labson (Lady Gaga, Black Eyed Peas) mastered the album project at Universal Mastering Studio in Hollywood.
The single “For Better ‘R’ Worse” is receiving radio airplay on BBC Radio, XFM, and Q RADIO along with feature placements on all major media platforms and a bonus remix by hottly tipped up-and-coming production duo Ingenious Basterds. There’s no doubt about it, IKIL ORIION has a bright future ahead of him.