We had the good fortune of connecting with Izzéo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Izzéo, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I have always been into music from an early age. I love how the right music at the right time can make a moment that lasts with you forever. Between my parents, I’ve been exposed to many genres that influenced my sound and even know after a decade I’m always improving. I kept at it this long because this is the medium that has allowed me to express myself and it’s what I love to do.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a musician. I love all mediums in art- I’m not too bad with a drawing tablet- but I’m a musician through and through. A lot of the genres I work in personally are Rap, R&B, and Pop.
I think what sets me apart is freedom from genre. Although those genres are my main focuses, I still have a wide range of tastes musically and try to incorporate a little bit of everything into my projects. Despite most of my work being in Rap, I can tell you many of my greatest influences are Pop artists.
During the pandemic, I DID get a bit lazy, but finally I’m releasing my first song in maybe about a year or two. “Voice Memo” comes out December 19- my birthday!
Lazy moments like that are definitely part of the reason it gets hard, though. It’s never outright laziness but mental health. have been doing this for a long time and there have been times where I’m hyper productive and working year-round. In that same light, life get’s hard sometimes and it’s better to focus on yourself and figure out your needs before you keep going. I’ve accepted that I’m not going to be 100% all the time, but these experiences turn into some of my most emotional music.
Everybody needs an outlet. No matter how life is going for you now, it’s not going to stay awesome forever. It’s not going to stay sad forever. Stay stoic and don’t focus too much on the things that don’t concern you. Just keep busy and pursue the life you want to live.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We have to start with the local food- that’s the most important one. You want a burger? Chester’s Hamburgers is back in my hometown (probably a frequent for me). Into Mediterranean or just want to hit a hookah lounge? Shisha Cafe up in San Antonio. Mexican? Pick a taco truck, I haven’t been let down yet! I love the food here.
As far as hanging out, I’m a chill person so I like bars. I can’t pinpoint a favorite, but recently I’ve been going to Who’s Who Cocktails, a small karaoke bar. It’s a little on the loud side with all the people singing their hearts out, but you’ll probably be doing the same. There’s a few karaoke bars around here, hopefully I’ll get to see those soon.
Oh and I guess laser tag, I don’t know.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Loto has made a huge impact on me. They’re one of my closest friends and incredibly skilled with music production. I remember when I started I had no idea how to properly utilize even simple things like samples or basic mastering, but meeting them actually blew my mind when I saw the things they were capable of. Loto’s work inspires and pushes me to keep improving on my music and I’m increasingly grateful to have them in my life. The same goes for all of my friends in our collective, “HALF”. Much love for all of them.
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