ILYA are creating MUSIC
70

patrons

$350
per month
HELLO!
We are ILYA (aka Joanna Swan and Nick Pullin) 
Its been 18 months now since we started on Patreon and through the varying challenges of quick turn around song writing and recording we now feel we are finally finding our feet! 

We also realise - as with most things - there is no instant hit!
We have eased into the slow burn :~)

At 18 months in (and with constant waving of arms on social media) getting enough patrons for us to dedicate ourselves full time to music, has been one of our toughest challenges (even though for us, Patreon shrieks of win, win on both sides!)

We still absolutely LOVE this platform as a way of getting our songs heard and we know that if we had many more subscribers, we would be as happy as pigs in shit!
(Passion keeps you young ... so we live in hope!  :~)

For a small subscription - starting at 70p ($1) a month - you would be keeping us going and be a crucial part of our continual development in music! 

Please join us on this magical mystery tour ....  XXX


If you want to know why we are here please continue reading!


JOANNA/ILYA
30 years of working together and still going strong is testament that we are sure the best is yet to come.
Life throws - what seem - insurmountable obstacles at you and 2016 was the toughest year to keep the business of Ilya going.
My head was reasoning most convincingly, that it was time to hang up our Ilya boots but my heart was kicking my emotions all over the place, sobbing ... "But we can't give up yet - singing is my true vocation - it is what I am here to do!"

You only have one life - you cannot afford not too sing!!

Up until now we have been writing, recording and releasing an album every 2 or so years. The cost of the process, with studio hire, engineers, musicians, mixing, mastering, website maintenance and cd duplication (etc etc) ... has meant that we have never re-couped our costs!

Head ticks the 'bad business' box!

In the Spring of 2016 - most unexpectedly - our entire studio collapsed. Computer, hard drives, Gemini twin valve mic, (my pride and joy that cost a whopping £700 about 13 years ago) and our Metric Halo interface! Everything died. For months we spent enormous amounts of time, energy and money trying to resurrect it all. But to no avail :~(

With huge thanks to my ma and pa (lending us the money to buy a new computer) we now have a very basic set-up that cost a fraction of the price of the equipment we had legacy of our Virgin and Chrysalis  days. Basic but functional .... phew!

Nick has been a veritable spring of never ending songs since writing his first aged 14 and for the past 30 years it has been such a privilege to sing all his fabulous songs written especially pour moi! While his cup still overfloweth it would be a crying shame to end it all now. 

Our aim is to to deliver new music to you at the beginning of each month. I don't want to set it in stone but as I am sure it will vary from month to month. A mix of either/or recorded songs and videos (originals and some covers for fun). Along with an Ilya Karaoke to those on the $5 and over tier! 

All this for as little as $1 (70p) a month!


What's not to like? :~) ....

Times are hard for a lot of us and starting at the lowest payment might mean you are able stick with it more easily. You can set the price you feel you can afford or would like to pay and you can retract or higher or lower your contract at any point.
The dream would be that making music is the only job we do but in order for that to happen we need to get as many new patrons on board as possible. 
So ... if you are able to extend your support by sharing our Patreon with friends that you think will like our music - that would be .... BLOOMIN' FANTASTIC!

Our Patreon supporters will get VIP treatment and always be the first to be sent new songs.
They will not be available on Bandcamp (for lesser mortals :~) until much later down the line.

If our monthly goal increases then we will be in a position to take on bigger and even more exciting projects. Projects that we would love to discuss with you and get your feedback. (We may even be able to buy a decent acoustic guitar!)

Nick and I thank you ENORMOUSLY for sticking with us and enabling us to do what we do best with our lives.

We sincerely aim to keep bringing you joy in this tumultuous world!

With love,

Joanna XXX

PS The silent one wants to add a few words.

NICK/ILYA
I need to say a few words about Joanna.
She really is one of the all-time great singers.
Because she’s so little known, people often don’t notice what a truly incredible, inventive and soulful singer she is.
And right now she’s better than she has ever been.
Each day I’m amazed by the beauty, power and sheer emotional artistry of her singing.
But no singer knows how long their voice is going to last.
And we are no Spring chickens.
So, for me, it’s a matter of real importance that she is given the opportunity to sing and record more.
You, the supporter, you the listener, you the patron are part of the creative process.
Nothing can happen without you.
Music exists to be heard and responded to.
We want you to take this journey with us and, by your comments, financial support and interaction, help shape what we do.
Help us make music full time!
Help yourself hear more great music!
Thank you!
Nick X

Joanna
PPS I will now remove the gun from his head :~)

Tiers
A pick n mix of songs each month!
$1 or more per month 49 patrons
At the beginning of each month we will put a mixture of downloadable recorded songs and live videos. Lots of original songs but also some covers for fun!
All of tier 1 and an ILYA Karaoke
$5 or more per month 25 patrons
The pick n mix of goodies and an Ilya instrumental and lyric sheet.
One off payment - A song written specifically for you!
$1,000 or more per month 0 patrons
Whether it be just for you or a present for a loved one, we will write and record you a special song incorporating sentiments, names or particular words you request.
One Off Payment - Ilya duo gig anywhere in the world!
$2,500 or more per month 0 patrons
You pay our travel and accomodation expenses and we will come to you and peform for £2,000 (or approx $2,500)
Goals
$350 of $1,600 per month
This pays our rent,council tax and monthly bills.
We would be skipping through the daisies were this to happen!
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HELLO!
We are ILYA (aka Joanna Swan and Nick Pullin) 
Its been 18 months now since we started on Patreon and through the varying challenges of quick turn around song writing and recording we now feel we are finally finding our feet! 

We also realise - as with most things - there is no instant hit!
We have eased into the slow burn :~)

At 18 months in (and with constant waving of arms on social media) getting enough patrons for us to dedicate ourselves full time to music, has been one of our toughest challenges (even though for us, Patreon shrieks of win, win on both sides!)

We still absolutely LOVE this platform as a way of getting our songs heard and we know that if we had many more subscribers, we would be as happy as pigs in shit!
(Passion keeps you young ... so we live in hope!  :~)

For a small subscription - starting at 70p ($1) a month - you would be keeping us going and be a crucial part of our continual development in music! 

Please join us on this magical mystery tour ....  XXX


If you want to know why we are here please continue reading!


JOANNA/ILYA
30 years of working together and still going strong is testament that we are sure the best is yet to come.
Life throws - what seem - insurmountable obstacles at you and 2016 was the toughest year to keep the business of Ilya going.
My head was reasoning most convincingly, that it was time to hang up our Ilya boots but my heart was kicking my emotions all over the place, sobbing ... "But we can't give up yet - singing is my true vocation - it is what I am here to do!"

You only have one life - you cannot afford not too sing!!

Up until now we have been writing, recording and releasing an album every 2 or so years. The cost of the process, with studio hire, engineers, musicians, mixing, mastering, website maintenance and cd duplication (etc etc) ... has meant that we have never re-couped our costs!

Head ticks the 'bad business' box!

In the Spring of 2016 - most unexpectedly - our entire studio collapsed. Computer, hard drives, Gemini twin valve mic, (my pride and joy that cost a whopping £700 about 13 years ago) and our Metric Halo interface! Everything died. For months we spent enormous amounts of time, energy and money trying to resurrect it all. But to no avail :~(

With huge thanks to my ma and pa (lending us the money to buy a new computer) we now have a very basic set-up that cost a fraction of the price of the equipment we had legacy of our Virgin and Chrysalis  days. Basic but functional .... phew!

Nick has been a veritable spring of never ending songs since writing his first aged 14 and for the past 30 years it has been such a privilege to sing all his fabulous songs written especially pour moi! While his cup still overfloweth it would be a crying shame to end it all now. 

Our aim is to to deliver new music to you at the beginning of each month. I don't want to set it in stone but as I am sure it will vary from month to month. A mix of either/or recorded songs and videos (originals and some covers for fun). Along with an Ilya Karaoke to those on the $5 and over tier! 

All this for as little as $1 (70p) a month!


What's not to like? :~) ....

Times are hard for a lot of us and starting at the lowest payment might mean you are able stick with it more easily. You can set the price you feel you can afford or would like to pay and you can retract or higher or lower your contract at any point.
The dream would be that making music is the only job we do but in order for that to happen we need to get as many new patrons on board as possible. 
So ... if you are able to extend your support by sharing our Patreon with friends that you think will like our music - that would be .... BLOOMIN' FANTASTIC!

Our Patreon supporters will get VIP treatment and always be the first to be sent new songs.
They will not be available on Bandcamp (for lesser mortals :~) until much later down the line.

If our monthly goal increases then we will be in a position to take on bigger and even more exciting projects. Projects that we would love to discuss with you and get your feedback. (We may even be able to buy a decent acoustic guitar!)

Nick and I thank you ENORMOUSLY for sticking with us and enabling us to do what we do best with our lives.

We sincerely aim to keep bringing you joy in this tumultuous world!

With love,

Joanna XXX

PS The silent one wants to add a few words.

NICK/ILYA
I need to say a few words about Joanna.
She really is one of the all-time great singers.
Because she’s so little known, people often don’t notice what a truly incredible, inventive and soulful singer she is.
And right now she’s better than she has ever been.
Each day I’m amazed by the beauty, power and sheer emotional artistry of her singing.
But no singer knows how long their voice is going to last.
And we are no Spring chickens.
So, for me, it’s a matter of real importance that she is given the opportunity to sing and record more.
You, the supporter, you the listener, you the patron are part of the creative process.
Nothing can happen without you.
Music exists to be heard and responded to.
We want you to take this journey with us and, by your comments, financial support and interaction, help shape what we do.
Help us make music full time!
Help yourself hear more great music!
Thank you!
Nick X

Joanna
PPS I will now remove the gun from his head :~)

Recent posts by ILYA

Tiers
A pick n mix of songs each month!
$1 or more per month 49 patrons
At the beginning of each month we will put a mixture of downloadable recorded songs and live videos. Lots of original songs but also some covers for fun!
All of tier 1 and an ILYA Karaoke
$5 or more per month 25 patrons
The pick n mix of goodies and an Ilya instrumental and lyric sheet.
One off payment - A song written specifically for you!
$1,000 or more per month 0 patrons
Whether it be just for you or a present for a loved one, we will write and record you a special song incorporating sentiments, names or particular words you request.
One Off Payment - Ilya duo gig anywhere in the world!
$2,500 or more per month 0 patrons
You pay our travel and accomodation expenses and we will come to you and peform for £2,000 (or approx $2,500)