Ivana Smolović, vocals
Darko Živić, guitar
Marija Jovanović, violin
Nemanja Ćalić, double bass
Miloš Popović, double bass
Nebojša Marković, additional instruments
Ivana started practicing the guitar some years ago while listening to her favorite Iron and Wine, Kings of Convenience and J.Tillman, at the same time trying to compose little pieces for the songs she has been writing for years. First home recordings she made reached Ivan Lončarević, radio host of a popular indie music program Pop Depresion (Radio Studio B, 99,1), who offered to enlist the song Bubble into a compilation he was working on at the moment: Morning will change everything? - New music scene of Serbia. That is when Ivana decided her song needed a proper presentation, and since that guitar practicing didn’t go way to well, she turned to a friend.
Darko and Ivana had already played together a couple of years back in a trio, trying to portray their favorite jazz and bossanova standards. Instantly, they made a perfect music match. The initial idea was to keep the band small. Just the two of them. Initial idea and the final plan. But, as the number of songs grew, so did the dream of their sound.
Their future violin player Ivana met while working on a project A Star is Born (directed by Vanja Kovačević), a rocumentary of a cover band Writers of Fiction, which plays songs by The Decemberists. Marija was already a fan of Bubble, the song that, in the meantime, became something of a radio hit single. And then there were three.
Before going into a studio, Ivana and Darko called their friend Nemanja, who once played jazz standards with them, to join in, and play a double bass on their debut Sweet Path of Gold, which is going to be released in June 2010 (Ammonite Records).
The album was recorded in two days and afterwards mixed by a dear friend, composer and producer Nebojša Marković (Intruder), who displayed enormous patience and skillfully made it into a small intimate masterpiece.
Band Ika played solo concerts as well as with other bands.
They opened for Ken Stringfellow and Mark Olson in Belgrade.
Ika are in no rush. Don’t enjoy media frenzy or TV interviews (radio is simply more relaxed).
But they love playing live and adore their fans. Endlessly.
They are charming and kind. Fun and melancholic. Pop and Americana.
Ika’s music is featured on www. hominidstudio.com
Latest edition to Ika is Miloš, talented and handsome bass player.
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