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Jeff McIlwain has been producing his diverse, melodic strain of abstract electronic music as Lusine for a decade and a half.
Originally a Texas native, McIlwain moved to the West Coast in the late '90s to study electronic music and sound design at CalArts. It was during this time in L.A. that he would meet Shad T. Scott, who subsequently put out Lusine's self-titled debut on his Isophlux imprint. McIlwain relocated to his current home of Seattle in late 2002 and began steadily releasing his music on Ghostly International. He has also contributed tracks to various compilations and remix releases from Cocoon, TemporaryResidence, Mute, !K7, Kompakt, Asthmatic Kitty, and Shitkatapult.
As Lusine, McIlwain has performed throughout the US and abroad, including sets at London's esteemed Fabric nightclub (RIP), Tokyo's Unit, Berlin's Watergate, and Melbourne's Electric Owl. Recent tour dates include appearances with electronic luminaries like Tipper and Blockhead, as well as playing at various events with a live drummer (Trent Moorman).
In addition to his Lusine productions, McIlwain has been involved with various film projects that include The Sitter (Jonah Hill, 2011) and two David Gordon Green movies, Snow Angels (featuring Kate Beckinsale and Sam Rockwell, 2007) and Joe (Nicolas Cage, Tye Sheridan, 2013) with music writing partner David Wingo. McIlwain most recently collaborated with Wingo on the film score for Meredith Danluck's State Like Sleep (2018). Following Lusine's acclaimed The Waiting Room from 2013 and 2014's Arterial EP, Sensorimotor, was released on Ghostly International in 2017, accompanied by Michael Reisinger's amazing video for "Just a Cloud." He is currently working on a forthcoming EP for Ghostly, set for release in 2019.