A couple of weeks ago, singer-songwriter Isabella released a single from her upcoming EP called "Ole". It's a fun song, with a great story behind the lyrics, and if you're looking to diversify your playlist, you'll want to keep an ear out for this Puerto Rican/French powerhouse. Scroll down for a short interview with Isabella and to give the song a listen!
The song tells the story of a king who is willing to sacrifice everything for the love of the world. It is influenced by gypsy culture and flamenco in southern Spain. The percussion reflects the sounds of Puerto Rico, the diversity of the culture and Isabella’s other musical influences that have surrounded her since her youth.
When/how did you start making music?
I started making music after being encouraged to song write around the age of 14. It then became a habit to record melodies, then sit at the piano and write.
How would you describe your sound?
I would describe my sound as pop soul and Latin. I like exploring different genres. My writing style engages with my cultural upbringing even when the songs are in English.
What are some of your favorite bands? Who (or what) else inspires/influences you?
I like Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, No Doubt and many alternative bands. There is eclectic and bohemian influence in the music I create. In particular, I’m inspired by relationships within any social context under the confines of love.
Who in the music industry would you love to work with (other bands/musicians/producers, etc)?
I want to work with Bruno Mars and Ricky Martin!
Do you have any tour plans in the works? What would be your dream tour line-up?
I would like to tour the east coast, Latin America and Spain. There are many inspiring indie artists who could do great tour collaborations with established pop stars. It would be very inspiring to cross over genres and languages in one tour.
What kind of advice would you give someone who just started a musical career? What was the best piece of advice you’ve received?
Stay focused, persevere and endure. Have discipline in your craft and boldness with your passion. The best advice I've received is "just do it”.