Sir Ivan La La Land party in the Hamptons + Interview
Sir Ivan is a banker–turned–singer, reality TV celebrity, philanthropist and activist who has led a life that movies and dreams are made of. At the age of 45, Ivan Wilzig (the eldest son of Siggi B. Wilzig, legendary Auschwitz survivor, financier and philanthropist) turned his back on his family’s multi-billion dollar banking business to reinvent himself as Sir Ivan and follow his childhood dream of pursuing a career in music. Now, ten years after resigning from Trustcompany Bank’s Board of Directors, he has joined the Top 10 on Billboard Magazine’s Dance Club Songs chart alongside such artists as Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Rihanna and more.
All of Sir Ivan’s recording artist royalties from sales of his album I AM PEACEMAN will go to The Peaceman Foundation, a charity which he established specifically to battle hatred and violence – especially to protect those who are perceived as different – and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, a terrifying mental problem which often results from exposure to violence. Sir Ivan is passionate about these causes and about helping those who might feel like outsiders, because as the son of a Holocaust survivor, he was brought up with a heightened awareness of the harm that being perceived as different can cause. One cause he is particularly passionate about is the need to stop bullying, as he has seen the devastating impact this has had, particularly among LGBT youth.
An original documentary titled Sir Ivan: I Am Peaceman has just been completed for television and a reality show is in development, based on Sir Ivan’s eccentric lifestyle and passionate quest to change the world.
Last Saturday was Sir Ivan’s epic La La Land extravaganza in the Hamptons and it did not disappoint. The castle is called “the Playboy Mansion of the East Coast,” for a reason. The theme was animal print and guests as well as models dressed accordingly. Everyone was celebrating the brand new single, “La La Land,” off his Peaceman Label Group. Later in the night attendees were graced with a performance by the man himself. Sir Ivan appeared on stage and performed his new single, “La La Land” with dancers in tow. A lavish performance from a lavish man who prides himself in giving back and we applaud this. elektro sat down with Ivan for a short interview below:
Quickie with a Peaceman
Favorite drink? Alcohol? Virgin? Simply Lemonade
First job you ever had? I was a teen counselor at Kutcher’s Country Club in the Catskills.
What kind of watch do you wear? I don’t wear one, I use my Blackberry to tell time.
Favorite Sneakers? Tennis
What can’t leave home without? peppermint lifesavers
First Artist you ever saw live? Where? The Temptations at Foutainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach.
Most embarrassing performance moment? When my peace cape got caught on a railing coming off a runway stage.
First album you bought? The Supremes.
What’s the best advice you ever got? From who? My father told me not to take unnecessary risks when it comes to your life or limbs.
Favorite piece of equipment? Why? My stereo. So I can listen to the latest remixes of my new single, ‘La La Land’.
What Artist do you want to:
Party With? Lady Gaga
Perform alongside live? Madonna and Lady Gaga together, with me in the middle.