Live from Decibel Festival in Seattle, the Ghostly International veteran explains his signature style.
Staying clued in to the development of a scene while avoiding the pitfalls of the hype cycle is a tough balance to strike, but that's exactly what Texas-native Jeff McIlwain has been doing for over 15 years. His work as Lusine emerged at the tail-end of the '90s, before a move to Seattle in 2002 laid the groundwork for relationships with Ghostly International and Decibel Festival, both of which continue to this day. McIlwain's early material tread a line around melodic, glitchy electronica, but his most recent releases broaden the palette with acoustic instrumentation, vocals and hints of pop. It's evidence of a willingness to develop outside the parameters of any one genre, and in this chat with Andrew Ryce, recorded at last years' Decibel Festival, he unpacks how his process has evolved, and what keeps him coming back to the studio after all these years.