“Consistently one of Australia’s smoothest emcees” - Rolling Stone
Illy has made a habit out of defying expectations. His lauded career spans 5 albums, multiple platinum and gold selling singles, countless live performances and many award wins and nominations.
Illy’s most recent album Two Degrees’ released in November 2016 debuted at #1 on the ARIA chart beating out the likes of Leonard Cohen, Michael Buble and Olivia Newton John. It was nominated for 6 x 2017 ARIA Awards including Best Male Artist and Album Of The Year. The album contains lead single, APRA Award winning, 4 x platinum and 6 x 2016 ARIA nominated hit ‘Papercuts (feat. Vera Blue)’, 2 x platinum selling ‘Catch 22 (feat. Anne-Marie)’ and live favourite ‘You Say When (feat. Marko Penn)’.
The album has seen him tour Australia three times. The album release shows sold out and his Massive Two Degrees Regional Tour which saw him on the road from August - November 2017 performing 40+ shows all round the country won him Best Live Act at the 2017 ARIA Awards. Illy is a festival favourite and has performed at an endless list of Australian festivals including Splendour In The Grass, Groovin' The Moo, Falls Festival, Spilt Milk and Sprung among many others.
Illy first emerged onto the hip hop scene in 2009 and has since amassed an impressive discography which includes debut ‘Long Story Short’(2009), Sophomore album ‘The Chase’ (2010), ‘Bring It Back’ (2012), Cinematic (2013) and latest offering ‘Two Degrees’ (2016).
After five albums and with the creative musical melange of ‘Two Degrees’, Illy’s roots in hip hop have now spread out to all corners of the musical globe to encompass pop, soul, funk, electro, dance, and indie. He stands as one of Australia’s most innovative and creative artists.