Wrap Up And Watch Out: Izzy Bizu
Backed by the Number 1 Showcase platform for urban music in the UK, the recently formed ILUVLIVE Records released female soul, singer-songwriter Izzy Bizu's debut EP 'Coolbeanz' back in September. From free of charge performances in the park to touring with crowned Brits-Critic Choice Winner Sam Smith, The Wrap Up felt it was due time you all became acquainted with Izzy Bizu...
The Wrap Up: At what age did you start writing and singing?
Izzy Bizu: I didn’t do writing and singing together until about 15, but from 7 years old I was writing poems. I used to sing, but didn’t figure out songwriting until a later stage; I wrote about my experiences, and I wrote about what’s happened to me as it’s my only release. If I didn’t write I’d need a psychiatrist.
TWU: How would you personally describe your sound?
Izzy Bizu: I describe it as like acoustic, soulful and quite jazz, but now we are working on an album and we are discovering ourselves more and adding funk and a groove to our sound.
TWU: What's been the career highlight to date?
Izzy Bizu: Touring with Sam Smith. Him and his band are really nice guys; we went out with them a couple of times and had fun and we got an encore from the Bristol show. We didn’t have any material, so we just jammed and I got to do something I always wanted to do, which was write a song on stage. When people liked it, I felt like they wrote the song with us.
TWU: What was it like touring with Lulu James too?
Izzy Bizu: She has this crazy and in capturing way of performing that kinda reminds me of Grace Jones, just like abstract art. So I’d like to implement a bit of that in my performances. And as for Sam Smith he’s just got this crazy range, when he sings high it’s so piercing and gorgeous, it’s very moving so I guess I’ll ask him for some warm ups!
TWU: What's the best piece of advice anyone has given you in the industry?
Izzy Bizu: Enjoy what you have now before you get signed up, a couple of producers and a publishers have told me that, explaining that I’d have more freedom with our sound, jamming and experimenting how we would like to.
TWU: You performed at Wireless Festival last year - how was that for you?
Izzy Bizu: Good, but could totally hear John Legend in the background which was weird and cool at the same time, have to say I was slightly distracted! [Laughs] He has such a beautiful voice!
TWU: Your song 'White Tiger' has had a lot of love and was even the iTunes Single of the Week. Tell us a bit about that. How did the creative process go? And what was the inspiration for the lyrics?
Izzy Bizu: Okay, so I get a bit shy when I talk about this song because it’s about my first love. The song is about being lost, lonely and having a need. A need for something or somebody to pull you out of a black tunnel… eventually I find the light, follow a path and end up on a cliff, where I jump, hoping for a miracle.
I begin to swim through the drunk waves, towards my white tiger who then drags me out of the water and into the jungle where we ride blindfolded; I feel free and happy - unaware of where I’m going. Mika played these beautiful jazz chords and I began to write a verse; he then left to France for holidays then I began to write some more, we then met up in France and put it together and it just kinda worked!
TWU: The ‘Cool Beanz’ EP did very nice independently, how did it feel to hit the iTunes chart so soon in your career?
Izzy Bizu: It feels great, I’m grateful to have such a good team and management behind me, and of course Mika for inspiring me with his beautiful chords and groove.
TWU: What's up next for you? Will there be more shows, writing and an album?
Izzy Bizu: Yes yes and yes! We are mostly gonna work on our first album, I’m always writing and always up for a good old show!
TWU: Finally, where do you hope to be in the next two years?
Izzy Bizu: My own tour, album out and on a motorbike.
Words: James Walsh (@JW_DittoMusic)