Growing up in Boxborough, MA, I was active in the Acton, MA music scene all through high school. I was the songwriter and guitarist in a band (Redfish Bluefish) until I went off to college in Chicago and decided it was time to start doing my own thing. I have been playing guitar since I was six years old and writing songs almost as long. I am also in a punk band called The Gate Crashers in Chicago, but am trying to focus my time spent in Boston on my solo project, Ilana Held.
I write songs about hangovers, disfunction, humor, and many other subjects. Although I do occasionally write a basic love song, I try to avoid this typical topic because I pride myself on my tendency to go against the flow and be unique. [+]