Illoquint has a composer’s composure.
Like a finely fueled fire, Illoquint’s music sizzles with an intense fervor that is truly uncommon and extremely welcome. Beside sneakers and glasses, he stands like Mozart in the thick of a modern day studio session. Taking from a disjointed range of hip hop, classical and pop influences, the intricacy of the Illoquint sound has dazzled industry notables such as Rodney Jerkins, Zach Katz, Chuck Harmony and Harvey Mason Jr. Major label songwriters Makeba Riddick and Writer’s Block are counted among his collaborators.
Born Lawrence Wilder in the small town of Benton Harbor, Michigan, Illoquint moved to Seattle at the age of 7. His love affair with music was cemented when he started rapping in a group called SAM (Seattle Art Madness) with a middle school friends. His mother, cautiously supportive of his rap dreams, suggested that he take piano lessons. In addition to piano lessons, Illoquint also joined the Nathan Hale High School Jazz Choir. It was at Nathan Hale that he was introduced to the recording studio by music department head Rich Sumstad. In the Nathan Hale studio, Illoquint discovered his gift and within a few years time had gone to win several city and statewide awards for his production prowess. Over the past 10 years, Illoquint has become a Seattle institution, having produced for local soul favorites such as Chokolate, Rocky Sandoval and Bridgett Hermano while branching into national work with hip hop artists such as Royce Da 5’9 and Crooked I.
Having established a relationship with Sky Movement, Illoquint is looking to work with the upper echelon of mainstream music. Sky Movement, having secured work with Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Travie McCoy, T.I and B.o.B, is a prime location for Illoquint’s marked theatrical sound to touch the masses.
Brimming with brilliance and an intangible gift of song craft, Illoquint commands vocals and chords progress his visions, visions that make his light burn through the shade of an over-saturated field. With a composer’s composure, Illoquint lifts his baton and conducts a new reality.