Get To Know: Isaac Waddington
Straight out of Portsmouth and into your playlists.
After winning over hearts all over the nation with his audition performance of ‘She’s Always A Woman’ on Britain’s Got Talent in 2015, Isaac Waddington has found his own sound, and whether it’s music that will have you hitting the ceiling or slow jamming - there’s no denying he’s got a niche for pulling us into his groove.
His style is hardcore honesty, with no subject off the cards in his music, Waddington’s fast-paced, authentically raw lyricism combined with strong instrumentals and dance-worthy hooks are the recipe for feel good, heart tugging, intimate music. Oh, and his voice is something straight out of a 60s movie, a dream.
In his most recent releases, including tracks like ‘Loving You Is Easy’ and ‘Let Me Into Your Heart’, the singer taps into a smooth and soulful laidback sound that we can’t help but fall into. This is music made for you to get lost in, and there’s no better voice to encapture you than Waddington’s.
Sitting down to let us get to know all about him, Isaac gave us the lowdown on his journey so far, and what’s to come in the future...
1. For those who don’t know about you and your music, tell us a little bit about who you are and where you’re from…
I’m Isaac Waddington, I am 19 years of age and originally from Portsmouth! I grew up on the South Coast and spent a lot of my childhood in a Cathedral Choir, where I studied piano and classical music in general. Now, I self produce and record all of my material which includes touches of Soul, Hip Hop, Afro, Latin, and many more, all rolled into whatever song I create.
2. Describe your sound in three words…
Varied, Creative, Soulful.
3. Who inspired you to start a career in music?
I sort of always knew I’d do something in music, whether it be a professional classical singer, pianist or a contemporary artist. I just knew that it was the only thing I could do and love at the same time!
4. Who are your biggest musical influences?
There are so many different artists, songs and albums that have influenced me. It’s hard to say who the biggest has been! D’Angelo really showed me that people love a good Neo Soul beat and some sexy vocals. Eva Cassidy showed me how simplicity and a wonderful melody can really pull on heartstrings. Everything I’ve listened to in my life has affected the way I express myself through my music.
5) Tell us about the writing and recording process for your new single/album…
It was actually a crazily fast process. I got the basis for each of the five songs in the space of two weeks, and had probably finished producing and recording within a month. Creativity really comes in waves for me - and I’m still learning that it’s fine to not feel a flow sometimes.
6) What can we expect from your live shows?
An upbeat and moving night I hope! I’ve got a sick band, and have put a lot of thought into the live show recently (it’s easy to become sucked into producing). If you haven’t already, come listen and have a chat with me.
7) What has been your biggest career highlight so far?
There have been some great moments in the last year and a half - one of the best for me was my latest headline at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen. Just such a loving energy in the place, and got to play all my new tunes live for the first time which was so sick.
8) Have you met anyone and been totally starstruck?
Not particularly. Although there was a morning where I was in my local cafe producing and Ricky Gervais sat next to me. I was thinking of something really funny to say but didn’t say anything...
9) What’s on your iPod/playlists that people wouldn’t expect?
I reckon something like Buena Vista Social Club, or some old tunes that not a huge amount of people have heard. Follow my public playlist “In My Headphones” on Spotify and have a look for yourself!
10) When can we see you live?
Lots of things to be announced soon!