Ilona Mahieu began as a solo project, with Ilona spending years performing acoustic sets at various pubs and small venues in the south of England. When she started university in 2017, she gathered together a group of like-minded musical pals to see what magic they could create.
The first official release was actually a collaboration, "Dysart", with Kayncee, another friend from university. They bonded over their mutual love of Watsky and set out to write a track inspired by his music. Ilona Mahieu released their first single and music video "Maslow" in December 2019, and followed up with a second single, "Criminal", in April 2020.
“With her mesmeric voice and gift for songwriting, Ilona’s introspective outlook is painted brilliantly on songs such as ‘Maslow’ and the beautifully crafted ‘Cigarette’. Ilona is one to watch and furthermore listen carefully to.”
- Joseph Rideout, Dead Sound Promotions