Hey Izellah!! So excited to be chatting with you!! You’ve been busy with music recently. Can you tell us what you’ve been up to over the past few months?
I’ve just returned home from a month in Indonesia, which is where my mum comes from. Whilst there, I did an instagram collab with one of Indonesia’s biggest stars, singing a famous Indonesian pop song, which received 1.5 million views. In September I’m going back to record with Indonesia’s most famous songwriter – and a movie is in the pipeline. Whilst I was there I did a side trip to Borneo, paddle-boarding down a river, seeing lots of Orangutans in their natural setting.
Where did your love of music come from?
From as early as I can remember I wanted to sing and dance – and at two and a half years I composed and sang my first song. I started singing lessons at 5 and did my first professional musical at age 7, The King and I.
You just released your new single “Where Nobody Knows Me”!! How excited were you to get this song out into the world?
Recording this song was a lot of fun!! It was done in an LA studio and was written and recorded in just 6 hours. And, at the end, the whole team was up singing and dancing, so it was great getting this song out … remembering all the fun and energy that went into it.
What has been your reaction to all the success your new song has been having?
I love it when people are touched and enjoy my songs. I’m getting a lot of views on the lyric video we did for the song; it’s very colourful with lots of great images.
Will there be an ep/album out soon?
Yes, we are working right now on lining up songs for an EP release later in the year – and, perhaps an album in 2020; it depends on my other commitments
You have worked with some well known producers and songwriters. What have you gained from working with them?
Songwriting, how to write songs! At first, I had no idea how to even start but these guys helped me to just focus on how I was feeling on the day; thinking about what … remembering what … a few key words, then the sound guy starts creating some tunes … and it grows from there. I’ve learnt that you need to express something real …
What do you hope to gain out of your music career?
I think everyone has a natural talent – and mine happens to be singing, so I want to take that as far as I can, bringing enjoyment to people through my music – and hopefully become a global pop star along the way !
Are there any other big projects in the works you can tell us about?
There is the possibility of taking a starring role in an Indonesian movie, so I will have to brush up my Indonesian language skills! Also, we are in discussions with a major record label that have offered to manage and promote my YouTube Channel, for which I will have to come up with a new post every week !
What’s an average day for you look like?
I’m still at school so that takes care of most of the day. But every day I have other activities such as acrobatics, singing, acting, guitar and drum lessons plus some extra tutoring to make up for all the time I take off from school for my career.
What do you think is the benefit of having a following on social media in the music industry?
In today’s world, social media is the way artists communicate with their fans; so it’s a must, not an option. And it has some big pluses, like allowing you to share your interests and things you do in your day to day life, which people can relate to.
How do you want your relationship to be with your fans?
I get the greatest buzz when people enjoy my music … when it makes them feel something … when it makes them feel good!
What social media platform do you use most to stay connected to your fans?
Instagram for sure, as it’s a great way for people to keep up to date with what’s current and even where you are on the planet – and I move around quite a bit!
What was the craziest fan encounter you have had?
In Japan, where I was a lead in Universal Studios Christmas Spectacular, there was a guy that kept following us around, taking pictures and posting them on Instagram. One day, we went anonymously to Universal, along with another 8,000 visitors. We were only there for 5 minutes and there he was – camera in hand! A bit spooky, but he wasn’t offensive.
What are three words you would use to describe your fans?
My greatest asset …
What’s something your fans don’t know about you?
I love doing acrobatics!
What’s one word you would use to describe what your fans have allowed you to accomplish?
What do you want your fans to know if they ever see you in public?
That I’m a very natural person.
What do you want your message to be towards your fans? What do you want your fans to take away from your music and shows?
POSITIVITY ABOUT LIFE