Ivan Muela - Portrait by Kat Pisiolek
Photo by Kat Pisiolek

Iván Muela is a young multi-instrumentalist, composer and engineer based in London. He had an early introduction to music. Born in the cold and quiet Pamplona in North Spain, he remembers waking up every morning with the sounds of The Beatles or Neil Young blasting from his living room.

At the age of 6 Iván began to learn to play piano. Perhaps overwhelmed by the classical traditional teaching methods, he could not resist grabbing an electric guitar for the first time at the age of 13. It was through this instrument that Iván immersed himself in crafting his very personal style, blending his aggressive approach to playing with a distinctive sense of intimacy and an insatiable search for unconventional sonic textures.

Iván spent three years touring around Spain with his progressive metal band Diógenes, whose career arguably peaked when playing for an over 8,000 audience when he was only 16. It was when he moved to London in 2011 that he seized the opportunity to study Music Technology, thus finding the medium to explore his passion for music, physics and psychology.

Shortly after moving to the UK he joined his current band The Statue Thieves, where Iván takes over soloist tasks as well as providing noisy soundscapes à la My Bloody Valentine to the band’s characteristic blend of 60’s soul and psychedelic rock.

Eventually, Iván managed to bury the hatchet with the piano, this becoming an essential part of his creativity. This process culminated on the materialisation of his first solo album (due to release in 2015), which Iván describes as “an instrumental work that blends classical elements inspired by Erik Satie’s timelessness with modern electronic elements”. Prior to this, Iván released “59:54”, an album of piano works written and recorded within one hour, made available online as a free download.

Despite his young age, Iván sits quite comfortably within the recently acknowledged movement of modern classical music, allowing modern technology to become an essential part of the compositional process. Today Iván works as an accomplished musician, alternating his solo work as a pianist, composer and sound designer with band activity, session work, drumming in his Spain-based side project Loudcloud and engineering for various projects.