About IAN SWEET
Nervy indie pop trio Ian Sweet began as the solo vehicle for singer, songwriter, and guitarist Jilian Medford. While still living in Boston, Medford had been recording and performing as a solo artist under the moniker Ian, an old high school nickname bestowed upon her by her skater friends. A last minute cancellation by a touring drummer in 2014 led her to work with Tim Cheney, with whom she quickly forged a creative connection and burgeoning friendship. By the time she recruited bassist Damien Scalise, the project had evolved from a solo endeavor to a trio, and they adopted the new name Ian Sweet. Musically complex, yet undeniably hooky, Medford's songs confronted themes of anxiety and panic with bright-toned guitar pop and references to Nickelodeon's Slime Time Live, Michael Jordan, and skateboarding. After settling in Brooklyn, the group signed with Hardly Art and released their self-titled debut EP in the summer of 2016. It was followed a few months later by Shapeshifter, their full-length debut.
- Brooklyn, NY