Written By: Amanda Policastro
Singer/songwriter Isabella is gearing up for an exciting year. The Puerto Rican/French star just released her latest single “Ole” in December and she’s finishing a brand new EP. Let’s get to know her!
upfrontNY: You have a wide range of musical inspiration. Is there any one genre that you enjoy most, whether it be creating it or listening to other artists?
Isabella: When it comes to creating I’m inspired by rock as well as eclectic and indie genres. I like to fuse both Latin percussion and melodies with a pop sound. I listen to bossa nova, folk, rock, blues, classical, world, reggaeton and flamenco. To me it’s more about the song or piece than it is about a particular genre.
upfrontNY: When can we expect your album to be released?
Isabella: Early to mid 2017. We are currently releasing singles from the album. “Olé” recently came out, and my next single “All Of My Life” will be out on January 31st! I’m also preparing to record an acoustic version of my EP.
upfrontNY: Your latest single “Ole” has a very interesting story behind it. Can you share your inspiration behind it?
Isabella: “Olé” is about a king and a young woman who fall in love. I was inspired by verses in scripture. The flamenco and gypsy culture influenced the music video. The song speaks of true love that is everlasting.
upfrontNY: What was it like collaborating with BJ the Chicago Kid who is nominated for a Grammy?
Isabella: It was amazing! He is very sweet and talented. BJ is a good example of artistic commitment and dedication. The experience was fun and easy going.
upfrontNY: What musicians are you hoping to work with in the future and why?
Isabella: I would love to work with Bruno Mars, Draco Rosa and Ricky Martin. I’m inspired by all three artists. These singers are also songwriters and performers who keep their craft organic. I’ve had the opportunity to see Draco live twice and his creative presence is always increasingly tangible.
upfrontNY: Is it easier for you to write about personal experiences or to create a scenario for a specific song?
Isabella: It comes more naturally to write from personal experience. I write from both experience and imagination. For instance, if I have a particular relationship in mind I can better develop the characters for the song and their story.
upfrontNY: You enjoy making jewelry. How long have you been making it? What has been your favorite piece to make and is there a way people can purchase your creations?
Isabella: I’ve been making jewelry since I was about 11. I really enjoyed bead work with semi precious stones. I like making bracelets. I don’t have a store set up or anything, but people can contact me if they are interested in a piece!
upfrontNY: You’ve gone to a few different musical/performing related schools, which has been the most influential? Do you feel it’s given you an advantage while performing and creating music?
Isabella: They have all been uniquely influential, primarily because of the relationships formed throughout the process. The advantage is that I have these experiences as preparation. When creating it’s also important to be diligent and have discipline.
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