Growing up on Ella Fitzgerald and James Brown, one is bound to develop a musical backbone. Born to an Ethiopian mother and English father as Isobel Beardshaw, Izzy Bizu takes old and newer influences such as Amy Winehouse and Adele to create funky soul pop, never letting go of that jazz background. As the British singer-songwriter releases her debut album A Moment of Madness today, feel your bare feet touching the sand in a rare moment of early summer bliss. Glamcult caught up with Isobel to talk about her album, plans and festivals. Because this beauty is on a roll.
How has 2016 been for you so far?
2016 has been amazing so far, I have just finished my album and can’t wait to play the new material live at the coming festivals: Glastonbury, Lovebox and Lowlands! I also had some great support from BBC Music Introducing; it was such a blessing to be a part of the sound poll. I also got nominated for the Brits (Critics Choice Award). It was pretty nuts to be standing next to some of my favourite artists.
How would you describe your first album?
It’s melancholic soul, indie coming-of-age record!
What is your Moment of Madness?
A moment of madness is losing control of yourself, enjoying the manic episodes until you await the comedown. Before you know it you dust yourself off to start a “new slate”, until you crave that moment of madness again.
Recording in the studio or being on stage—what do you prefer?
I love both! The stage is great for adrenaline and studio is great for experimenting.
You originally just wanted to write songs for others. What does your writing process look like?
Ha, yes, jamming to live instruments and improvising, often writing while sitting on the train.
What can you tell us about your collaboration with H&M?
They are so chilled out and lovely to work with. H&M approached us, asking for a free-spirited summer jam on the beach, and so we decided to do Sweat and strip it down to guitar, vocal and cajón.
What are you working on next?
Festivals! Can’t wait to get muddy!
What are you looking forward to this summer?
I’m going sailing in Cornwall, and the festivals and road trips are just lovely.