Illa is from North West London, where he has cultivated a fan-base for over 10 years… in addition to his career as a solo artist, he has, since schooldays, been part of Flict, a metal/hiphop/drum’n’bass band the likes of which you have never seen… Flict have more energy on stage than a barrel of gunpowder high on speed…

 

Illa’s first public appearance (apart from parties and pirate radio slots) was with Flict, at the “Battle of the Bands” @ the Garage… unsurprisingly, they won… this allowed them to embark on a UK tour and do some recordings… while on tour, Illa was spotted by a number of talent scouts and managers (interested parties were, amongst others, Virgin and DJ Muggs from Cypress Hill)… unfortunately, these opportunities fell through due to a breakdown in communications with his manager… in 2003, he lost one of his closest friends and fellow band members (R.I.P Jim)… this strongly affected him both emotionally and musically…but Illa would not give up… on the contrary, obstacles and difficulties simply motivate him to work harder…