Isabella has just released “Olé”, the lead single from an upcoming, untitled EP. The sound from this new artist twists itself around radio-friendly pop fare, but the lyrics are a departure from the typical matters of the day. The story tells of a kind who is willing to sacrifice everything for the love of the world. Gypsy influences, Peurto Rican rhythms and a breadth of bohemian cultures inform the foundation of the track.
This year, Isabella collaborated witht BJ The Chicago Kid on the single “Love Inside” from his debut album “In My Mind”, and it seems like 2017 promises much for an artist on the upswing. ARTISTdirect invited Isabella to offer a quick insight into the working behind her sound, the influences of her life, and the ambition that drives it all.
Where are you right now?
I’m at an artist loft.
Tell us about your new single, “Olé”: Who did you work with? Where was it recorded? What’s it about?
My single “Olé” was the last song I wrote and recorded from my upcoming EP. I worked with Julio Rodriguez (aka HULYONTHEBEAT), the producer for all of the songs. Olé was recorded in LA. It is about a king and a young woman. She loves him and is intrigued to live through his eyes. He is also captivated by her. Their love story is to be continued.
How do you describe your music to new friends?
I tell them that I’m creating a new sound that mixes Latin and alternative rhythms with soul and pop music.
What should your hometown be known for?
It should be known for the artistic talent. There are great artists and musicians!
Please look around you right now and please describe the first item or person you see that’s significant to you.
Right now I’m looking around and can see a script… a great one. It’s on the wall. There are annotations on its pages. When I pass by it I’m inspired.
What first inspired you to pursue music? If it was a musician or a specific piece of music, please tell us all about why you find it so inspirational…
I’ve been singing since childhood and can also recall one of the first times I decided i would be a musician. I was around five or six years old. I saw a miniature keyboard from a distance and then, as I passed by it, I thought to myself “this is what I’m going to do; I’m going to be a pianist!” Years later I started taking classical voice and piano. From then on, I have been committed to studying and creating music.
What’s the best advice anyone has given you about pursuing a life in music?
“Just do it.”
Who (alive or dead) would you love to have in your van for an all day drive from gig to gig?
What song best sums up your life right now?
What is the best reaction to your music you have experienced so far?
That, when they listen to it, they have the “chills”. Personally that is inspiring because I experience this myself with other artists and it points to truth.
Take a moment to dream – where do hope to be a year from now?
In the studio arranging, writing and recording a mostly acoustic album.
What’s your next step towards that dream?
Building relationships with the musicians and everyone involved. Studying and preparing for the recording process, having as much written material as possible. Learning from other art forms, people and their stories.