Ioana records as an independent music producer, a self-taught guitarist and drummer. At the age of 14, while living in Malaysia, she was greatly inspired by her English teacher whom she played in a band with, and introduced her to some of her formative records. Ioana released her first instrumental album Silent Scream with songs she composed in 2015 and after that produced another EP, the shoegaze saturated Fiction. After experimenting with ambient music, Ioana kicked off a new chapter by honing her sound further, employing dissonant guitar riffs and thumping drum beats. Live, Ioana is accompanied by Joris Boerma on drums.
In 2020 Ioana released her first single Suffocate, followed by Letters, which made it to number 1 on the @IndieXL Radio indie chart. Upon the release of Thick Skin, Ritalin reached number 2 on IndieXL while remaining number 1 for three weeks on the Belgian chart, ThistleList.
There is a difference between what we feel inside and what we speak. Ioana’s latest album ‘Thick Skin’ documents chaos as an agent of comfort, filled with a stinging desire for change. These songs are about treading the path towards growing thick skin, the act of laying down and watching the world spin as you’re stuck inside your head. Ioana’s lyrics explore toxic relationships, self-reflection and bitterness about the society we are living in. The songs’ heavy primal instrumentation reveals unvarnished emotions and unspoken thoughts, directly contrasting Ioana’s often dissociative tone, creating an intimate yet crushing feeling.