Ever since she was a little girl Ilse Wanten has had visions. These vivid memories of past lives – who rewrite mainstream history completely – pushed her naturally towards a never-ending investigation and into an artistic direction. (See About Ilse Wanten)
After the publication in 2012 of ‘Soul in Sight!’ (‘Ziel in Zicht!’) – Ilse’s first book – she decided the next step was the translation of the content of this book into music, using only her voice, loops and samples. In 2013 Ilse met guitar player Jorg Strecker (Papermouth, InKata, Daan).
The first single ‘Keep on Keeping on’ was released under the name ‘isle’ in a private event in Antwerp in 2014. The second single ‘Animal Perfume’ was released one year later in the exact same way but on a different location. Both songs were accompanied by music-video’s which were directed by Ilse and shot and edited by artists/friends Tim Michielsen and Kathleen Steegmans.
When multi-instrumentalist Wim de Busser (King Dick, Stef K. Carlens) decided to play the drums, and bass player Michele Morgante (King Dick) got involved too ‘Isle of the Sky’ became a fact. On the home-page of the original website of the band the following was written: Isle of the Sky, pronounced as ‘i love the sky’, has several meanings: 1) looking up at the sky and looking down at the earth are as breathing in and out: you get inspired and you try to inspire others 2) an island/a planet where heavenly people co-exist with nature 3) ever since she was a little girl Ilse Wanten has had visions – vivid memories – of her soul traveling the skies before being born here on earth 4) the name of a belgian band founded by Ilse Wanten.
In 2016, shortly before guitar/keyboard player Chloe Joos (Statue, Fungus) joined the band, the song ‘The Life’ was released. This time the music-video was co-directed by Ilse and shot by director/filmer Thomas Ceulemans (Wildcard: Tanzania, Wildcard: Myanmar, Zooks, Amazones)
In between some memorable gigs, Ilse successfully completed her second book ‘Heavens’ (Lieve Hemel) and re-released her first two singles as she felt both songs were in fact the first soundtracks of her book(s). ‘Keep On’ and ‘Animal Perfume’ are now worldwide available for streaming on I-Tunes, Shazam, Spotify, ect.
At the present time Ilse is working on new material and a fourth music-video.
Want to read what Didier Becu wrote about Isle of the Sky? Here is the review by Luminous Dash