Hidden Beats is proud to present Canadian singer-songwriter, Ila Barker. Thank you for joining us today. Would you be able to introduce yourself to our readers?
Hey, Hidden Beats fans! Aniin boozhoo, my name is Ila Barker. I’m an indie-folk singer-songwriter based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. I’m Anishinaabe on my mother’s side from Berens River First Nation.
What did music mean to you growing up?
Music was my first form of therapy for sure. I spent a lot of time outside when I was growing up and I used to write little songs, and then eventually started learning how to play guitar which empowered me to start exploring songwriting so much more deeply. It was such a healing and personal process for me at the start (and still is), and I love that it’s evolved to getting to share my process and art with others too!
Who out of your family or friends has always been the biggest encourager of your music career?
I’m grateful to have some incredible supporters in my life. My mom taught me young that I needed to work hard and not just try and rely on the luck of “being discovered”. My best friend Hera has been working and collaborating alongside me for years and she even co-wrote a few of the songs on my upcoming album! I’m also super grateful for my Auntie Jean and Uncle Ian. They were super fundamental in my journey. My Uncle gifted me my first guitar and my Auntie signed me up for my first music camp that landing me my first ever gig!