film/theater score composer, music producer , performing artist
about the artist
Romanian musician and multi-award winning artist (composer, producer, DJ, performer, film score composer – currently owner at Kult Studio Records and music producer for The Voice-Romania), Paul Ilea emerged early in his musical character and has remained essentially constant throughout his career: he is an artist with eclectic musical interests, a theatrical, dramatic bent, and most certainly an uncompromising attitude toward his art.
Paul began his musical training at the age of 6 when he started studying violin, though his first contact with a musical instrument had begun at 3 when he received a guitar as a gift from his grandmother. Later on at the age of 11 he began to teach himself guitar, bass guitar and percussion. He studied his first 12 years at the Sigismund Toduta Music School from Cluj Napoca and then the “Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy, studying composition and later pedagogical music classes. However, the academic character that most influenced Paul throughout his artistic preparation was composer, professor and conductor Constantin Ripa, Paul being a proud member of the famous contemporary music choir Antifonia ever since his first year at the Academy. There, he met Cosmin Gherghinoiu (Ipse, Sensor, Moonlight Breakfast) which invited Paul to be a keyboard player in his progressive rock band called IPSE, which literally took over the Romanian rock festivals scene in the following years.
In his last year at the Academy Paul became the official composer for Hans’n’Feet, initially a “body music” group, which subsequently changed its name into Sensor, a group which revolutionized the Romanian showbizz industry , as it relied on a whole new idea: a mix of electronica sounds and percussion on unconventional instruments. Winning the CD Radio Award for Most Original Group Sensor in 1999, and later on the MTV Award for No. 1 Single „Help Yourself” in 2005, Best Sound Award at Romanian Music Awards in 2009, VIP Music Award for Best Group in 2011 and nominee to Best Electronica Artist at AIM Music Awards California, US in 2013.
Sensor became a dance-electronica innovative phenomenon, exploring many genres and arts and performing throughout Europe in many different venues. As a band leader, Paul composed the music for all Sensor albums, starting with the very first „Lands”, the only Romanian world-fusion album, in a show planned together with director Tudor Giurgiu at the National Opera in Bucharest, followed by 5 further albums, among which the latest „U.S.B. – Urban Symphonik Beats” was released in late 2013.
The world of theater also embraced Paul’s fresh perspective on entertainment with Sakadat Extrasensorial in 2001, an unconventional percussion show which had 2 seasons at the Bulandra Theater and one at the National Theater and for which Paul entirely composed the music, performed, was the stage-director and co-directed together with Dan Chisu, which brought them the VIP Magazine Award for the Most Original Show in 2001. In 2013 , Paul made the soundtrack for Folia, Shakespeare &Co., a dance-theatre show signed by the renowned coreographer Gigi Caciuleanu.
With such a producer and composer exciting career and also a very long list of live performing events in which he shared the stage with the world’s famous artists, Paul founded Kult Studio in 2008, an umbrella company meant to engage an array of talented artists, a Production company with artists collaborators such as Mara, Sensor, Mongol (this electronic artist is actually Paul’s alter-ego /solo project), Mono, Lennox Buppy Brown, Ioana Marchidan, Ioana Macarie, Judith State and also engaging in the show production and in the film area. In this later area he composed several original soundtracks in Romanian Motion movies such as Deaf Sounds (short film), Chasing Rainbows (“Si Caii Sunt Verzi Pe Pereti”) –nomination at the Gopo Awards in 2013 for Best Soundtrack , Plansa (It Takes 2 TO Fence) and his music was featured in movies like : Milionari De Weekend , Web Site Story, Cu Un Pas Inainte, I’m Not Famous But I’m Aromanian, Youtube Bazzar etc.In 2013 he was the music supervisor for Universal Pictures production – “Scorpion King 4”.
Furthermore, Paul has actively been involved in the advertising area both in audio productions (for brands like: Heineken Romania, Seat, Mol, Coca-Cola, Orange, Dakino, Finlandia, Marlboro, Pall Mall, Vodafone, Renault etc.) and video adds & music supervision (for campaigns such as J&B City Remix 2011, Ciuc SUMMER 2010 etc).Paul ILEA also collaborated with fashion brands or artists , composing original music for shows like Fashion Week Paris – Jolidon 2004, 2005, Fashion Week Budapest 2001,Touareg Collection by Liza Panait, Pantha Rhei Collection by Florin Dobre, Laura8 and others
In 2014 Paul Ilea is starting his collaboration with Protv as a Music Producer and Head Of The Band for:
“The Voice”-Romania,season 4-7 (now preparing season 8)
The Voice Kids Romania (Vocea Junior) 2 seasons.
Dancing With The Stars -Romania (Uite Cine Danseaza)-1st season
music producer for best tv show in Romania, Romania”s Got Talent -season 7 and the finals in season 6
Awards and nominations:
2016- member of the jury @ UCIN AWARDS -Premiile Uniunii Cineastilor
2015 – UCIN AWARD -best original score in a motion picture for PLANSA and Folia By & By Gigi Caciuleanu
2013 -nominee at Gopo Awards for best original score in a motion picture with “Si Caii Sunt Verzi Pe Pereti”
2013- nominee at AIMM Awards , Hollywood, Los Angeles – for best electronica independent artist
2012-VIP Magazin award for best music group -SENSOR
2009 – Romanian Music Awards – BEST SOUND Award with Sensor2005 – MTV Award for best video single -Sensor -“Help YOurself”
2003-VIP Magazine Award for the most original show of the year -Sakadat
2018-Mculture -Ched de Chef (Cat Music)
2015 : Mara – “Ma Bike ” single (RotonMusic)
2014 :Touareg Dream – Music for Liza Panait fashion show
2014: Sensor – Figure Out (Skillz Records)
2014 Mongol – “You Got It” & “The Stairz” singles – Kult Studio Records
2014 PLANSA- original soundtrack
2013 – Sensor – U.S.B. Urban Symphonik Beats – album (KULT STUDIO Records)
2013- Mongol – “Da Roots” single , “ August” LP KS Records
2013 – Si Caii Sunt Verzi Pe Pereti – Original soundtrack
2012 – Mara – In Love with Love – album producer and composer (KULT STUDIO Records)
2011- How Do You Know Remix for Gaoler’s Daughter UK
2009 – Sensor –Best, Unreleased album
2008 – Sensor – Sensuous Moods – 40 min mix
2008 – Sensor Club Mix – promo, club music
2005 – Sensor – Help Yourself – single no.1 at MTV Romanian top 40
2004 – Sensor – 5 Minute single (feat. Mono)
2004 – Sensor – E-volution – album (EMI Romania)
2002 – Sensor – Lands – album (A&A Records)
1997- Ipse promo album
Artists collaborators : Yehudi Menuhin, Gigi Caciuleanu, Inna, Coolio, Haddaway, Damian Draghici, Dan Chisu, Loredana Groza, Smiley, Gaoler’s Daughter, Marius Mihalache, Lora, Mandinga, Tudor Giurgiu, Ioana Marchidan, Paul Di Franco, Freedom Williams, Lennox Buppy Brown, Mc Bean, Junkyard, Mara, Mc Tina, 7th Flower, and many more.