Lusine, Survival Skills
From his early releases as Lusine onward, Jeff McIlwains electronic explorations make up one of the more diverse discographies of the past decade and a half. Effortlessly blurring the lines between techno, electro-pop and experimental composition, the Texas-raised/Seattle-based producers arrangements are meticulously constructed, but also filled with emotion and soul.With an introspective turn thats hinted at in the record title, Lusines fourth album for Ghostly, Sensorimotor, sees McIlwain diffusing the pop-leanings of 2013s The Waiting Room with opaque, brush-stroked melodies washing over these new buoyant productions. McIlwain has performed throughout the US and abroad, including the SXSW, Mutek, DEMF, and Sonar festivals, and sets at Londons esteemed Fabric nightclub, Tokyos Unit, and Berlins Berghain and Watergate nightclubs. He has been involved in the scoring of various film and commercial projects, the most recent being music for Grand Theft Autos Smugglers Run and Meredith Danlucks debut feature film, State Like Sleep (Katherine Waterston, Michael Shannon, 2017) that he co-scored with fellow composer David Wingo.
Survival Skills is a musician, producer, live DJ and former long-time host of ‘Beat Parlor’, an original boundary-pushing nightly radio show for Portland Oregon’s jazz radio station KMHD 89.1FM. His work includes the 2018 self-released record ‘Unresolved Beats’ and 3 full length albums on Cavity Search Records. Work can also be heard accompanying Matt Shulte’s 2017 short film ‘Thirst’, Scott Ballard’s
ongoing film series ‘Five Minute Form’ and on the exclusive television
network at the hotel Eastlund in Portland, OR .
Survival Skills has performed as support for artists ranging from Quantic
to SZA. In Summer 2019 Survival Skills played a string of shows in
Mexico City including hosting a radio takeover on Mexico City’s Aire
Libre FM. Upcoming Mexico City shows in 2020 are scheduled
alongside a 5th full length release.