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Is a project, a collective, a group of artists that have come together to create the Big Ilch. Infusing their different styles of music, each individual adds to this one big melting pot of music. Soul, Funk, Reggae, Hip-Hop, Groove are all the ingredients needed to spice this musical pot up. With a story to tell of a few friends, travelling the world, playing music together, recording, writing and performing side by side, over the last few years. With lots of new music on the way, inspiration is coming from everywhere! Keep your eyes peeled and ears open, as The Big Ilch is back in townnnn!

  • “… some of the best reggae, blues and roots music you’re likely to hear in 2018. Reminiscent of an early Blue King Brown, mixed with Kim Churchill and The Beautiful Girls, the Bondi locals put on a tight and flawless set.” DYLAN MARSHALL (The AU Review)

    Emerging from the strong roots and reggae movement in Sydney’s Eastern suburbs, The Big Ilch is a project founded on the celebration of shared creativity and musical collaboration. Featuring soulful reggae vibes, easy grooves, world music beats, with a dash of hip hop and funk in the mix.

    Singer/songwriter and ex ‘Voice Australia’ contestant, Ben Goldstein founded his solo career, working along side his mentors, Seal and Delta Goodrem. After his first solo European Tour in 2015, Ben moved to the Middle East to explore the sounds of this particular region. Upon his return to Australia in 2016, captivated by what he learnt, he felt compelled to make a unique sound by combining different styles of music from several different cultures.
    Alongside local Sydney artist and producer, Minimal Miggy (David Goldberg), they searched for the best way to make the ‘Perfect Blend’, to find other artists from different cultural musical backgrounds.

    Ben and David met Maitê Machiori on Sydney’s Bondi Beach and began jamming immediately. Maitê, Sydney born Brazilian, was not only an unbelievable singer in both Portuguese and English, but she encompassed every aspect of the Brazilian culture that was exploding in Australia. During this time, David was also performing with solo artist, Dom Diaz from the Dominican Republic. The moment they got a taste of his inspiring performance at their next show, Dom was immediately welcomed into the crew with open arms and a lot of love. Dom agreed to bring is ‘Dominican spices’ to table.

    Adding the final members, Ally Mcmahon from England and Papa Raimondo Fioravanti from Italy, the band is complete. Recording their first EP at Australia’s famous Grove Studios, THE BIG ILCH is born. The music personifies the ‘Australian Summer’ translated to a global sound.

    Their debut EP ‘Homeground’ launched in February 2018 to a sell out crowd at Sydney’s 505. The BIG ILCH plan on further recording and touring through 2018, having already been booked for a number of festivals for spring/summer.