Ilya Setrakian is an R&B/Soul artist currently working in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He grew up in New York City in a family of artists and by age three, he was studying piano. Ilya continued his formal music training at New York’s High School of Performing Arts and University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He released his first EP, ‘Vanity,’ which found a strong fan-base on multiple platforms. Ilya brings a uniquely soulful and eclectic style to his work, mixing influences from Jazz greats like Ellington and R&B’s Stevie Wonder and Otis Redding.
In Philadelphia, his original songs have been heard at the Trocadero, Coda, Kung Fu Necktie, and Pub Webb. His latest four song EP titled ‘I Never Knew’ is about longing for a connection in a plugged-in world. The EP was produced by Sam Carlen and recorded in one day at Spice House Sounds. Musicians on the EP include Kwesi Robinson on Drums, Greg Driza on bass, and Sam Carlen on guitar. Dan Wright helped Ilya orchestrate the horn section and played the charts along with Izzy Moregrass and Patrick Conlon. The single ‘Stay the Night’ off the EP is a great way to get hooked on Ilya’s talent.
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