On Feb. 17th, 2018, Quilla performed an original ambient electronic set at the Altria Theater in Richmond VA, setting the stage for tech entrepreneur / futurist Peter Diamandis. She also sang the national anthem.
The event was part of a monthly series, The Richmond Forum, whose mission is to bring leaders from the world stage to expand horizons, stimulate conversation, and inspire the Richmond community.
Diamandis’ talk was entitled, “FUTURE TECH: EXPONENTIAL CHANGE, INFINITE POSSIBILITIES”, and program synopsis was poignant: “Rapidly accelerating exponential technologies such as infinite computing, artificial intelligence, robotics, 3D printing, sensors, networks, and synthetic biology are transforming how humans will live and work in the future — in ways that are both disruptive and exciting. From human longevity, to the future of work, to the Singularity, Peter Diamandis will provide a tour of the future.”
Quilla’s new music video for “The Collector” was directed and produced by Brazilian visual artist Paula Damasceno, and was premiered by Amplifier Zine recently! This video features archival footage from North Carolina in the 1930s, used with permission from the H. Lee Waters Film Collection, housed at Duke University. “The Collector is a video made in Greensboro that weaves a modern and haunted electronic sound with a throwback to MTV visual styles from the ’90s.” Read more on the Amplifier Zine article.
A big shout-out to We Rave You for reviewing Quilla’s album “You Got It” and for exclusively premiering her new music video for the title track of the album. The reviewer, Shantanu Singh, had some great comments:
“When she is not studying endangered languages in her capacity as a linguist and an anthropologist, Anna Luisa Daigneault or Quilla is giving life to words in ones that we do understand. After having been recognized as a true talent behind the microphone, dishing out dreamy and ethereal lyrics in a serenading voice, Quilla took a turn beyond her vocalist image towards becoming producer herself in 2016.
[…] Kicking off with eerie drum-work, the listener is met with her spellbinding and ethereal voice – one that soothes the senses like silk would. Exciting more emotions in the listener, Quilla carries off the track well with her pitch perfect adeptness behind both, the microphone as well as the production desk.”
Just in! The title track to my new album “You Got It” is now available to stream on Spotify. You can pre-order the new album right here. It’ll be out on 04/14! This song goes perfectly with your morning coffee. Uplifting yet meditative, it explores the transcendental nature of being in love, and focuses on the good qualities in oneself and one’s partner.
A new version of this classic tune is out now! Sultan + Shepard “Walls feat. Quilla” (Deeper Shades Mix) was released by Tiësto’s deep house label AFTR:HRS on 10/28/2016.
The story behind this song goes back a long way. Sultan + Shepard and Quilla worked together in 2009 in Montreal to write the original version of Walls.
Back in those days, Quilla was a keyboardist and vocalist in an experimental pop band called Pamplemousse Explosion, and Sultan + Shepard were known as a collaboration between Sultan and Ned Shepard. They were busy playing in Montreal nightclubs, and had not risen to world-wide DJ stardom yet.
Ned Shepard had seen Quilla perform with her band in local venue La Quaie des Brumes. They also worked together at the same fundraising company in Montreal, raising funds for humanitarian aid organizations Doctors Without Borders, Unicef and Oxfam. Ned had asked her to come jam the studio and work on some track ideas. They had some delightful jam sessions with Sultan and Walls was born, but it stayed on the digital shelf for several years.
Sultan + Shepard reworked the track into an EDM banger which they later showed to Tiësto, who loved the track. He released it in 2012 on his progressive house label Musical Freedom as part of his compilation, Club Life Volume 2: Miami. The rest is history. Here is the original 2012 version:
The track became a staple in Tiësto’s festival sets from 2012 to 2016, and the song played on dance music radio shows around the world. Quilla performed the song live with Tiësto at his album launch in NYC in 2014.
Quilla also created an acoustic version of the track, in case you want to listen to a more contemplative version of it.
In April 2016, Americana artist Molly McGinn and electronic producer Quilla joined forces to create a captivating hybrid track, Wild and Kind. They collaborated with videographer Jacqui Haggerty to create a beautiful music video, filmed entirely in and around Greensboro, North Carolina.
Lyricist Molly McGinn delivers a powerful vocal performance, drawing the listener in through the lens of intimate storytelling, and her guitar work is complemented by Quilla’s lush atmospherics, beats, synths and backing vocals. Acoustic and electronic elements, along with the duo’s vocal harmonies, come together to create a little slice of heaven.
After a chance meeting at Miami Music Week, Royce&Tan + Quilla kept in touch and realized they had a lot in common, since they are all originally from Montreal, and love dance music. Royce&Tan remixed Quilla’s single “A Million Broken Bikes” and then they proceeded to work together on a remake of the 90s classic track, “Tell It to My Heart” by the amazing Taylor Dane.
Quilla tried out a new vocal approach in an attempt to come close to the raw power of Taylor’s original vocals, and the results were sweet! Club goers love the track and it has been featured on podcasts around the world.