Adem Ilhan

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Adem Ilhan
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Background information
Birth nameAdem Ilhan
Also known asAdem
OriginSouth London, England
GenresFolktronica, indie folk, post-rock
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, bass guitar
Years active2004–present
LabelsDomino Recording Company
Associated actsFridge, The Memory Band, Silver Columns

Adem Ilhan (Turkish: Adem İlhan, IPA: [ˈaːdem ˈilhan]; /ˈɑːdɛm ˈɪlhən/) is an English musician of Turkish descent from South London. He is the bass guitarist in the post-rock band Fridge, alongside Kieran Hebden, and is part of the electronic duo Silver Columns with Johnny Lynch. His solo music is released under the name Adem.

Recording history[edit]

Ilhan's debut solo album, Homesongs, appeared on Domino Records in 2004. Mixed by Kieran Hebden, the album found critical acclaim with limited commercial success. The album includes the song "Statued", which featured on the soundtrack of the film Dead Man's Shoes.

A second album, Love and Other Planets, was released on 24 April 2006 to generally favourable reviews.

In May 2008 Ilhan released a collection of cover songs called Takes. The album includes tracks originally written and performed by Yo La Tengo, The Smashing Pumpkins, Björk, dEUS, and Bedhead, among others.

In 2008 Ilhan along with Jeremy Warmsley & Mystery Jets contributed the song "Grains of Sand" to the Survival International charity album Songs for Survival.

In 2011, Adem collaborated with folk music group Lau to create the Ghosts EP under the name Lau vs Adem.[1]

Since 2014, Ilhan has been performing with Philip Selway's band and opened for Selway on his 2015 US tour.[2]

After years of collaborations by production and session-playing, Adem released a new solo album, seconds are acorns, in October 2015. The first single from it, "Snow in April", received its first radio airplay on BBC 6 Music in August.[3]




  • "These Are Your Friends" (17 May 2004) (CD/10")
  • "Ringing in My Ear" (13 September 2004) (CD/7")
  • "Waves" (19 June 2006) (only as a download on iTunes 'Free Single of The Week')
  • "Launch Yourself" (2007) (CD/7") UK No. 157

Other work[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Ilhan attended the University of Warwick. In December 2006, Ilhan played a free concert in Barrhead Community Library, commenting "I love libraries. [...] The existence of public libraries is one of my favourite achievements of human kind."[5]

Ilhan is deaf in one ear.[6]


  1. ^ "Lau vs Adem Ghosts EP". Aidan O'Rourke official website. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  2. ^ "Adem opening Philip Selway's US tour & playing in his band". Brooklyn Vegan. 12 March 2015.
  3. ^ Robin Murray (14 August 1015). "Adem Returns, New Album Incoming". Clash.
  4. ^ "Levi's Walk The Line Straight". The Inspiration Room. Retrieved 21 September 2014.
  5. ^ "Adem". Retrieved 21 September 2014.
  6. ^ "21/11/2015, The Tom Robinson Show - BBC Radio 6 Music". BBC.

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