Sometimes he looks like Bowie, a sweet French pop with a taste of melancholia.
Singer, author and composer, at the intersection of his influences from Etienne Daho to Troye Sivan, Izae is an hybrid pop artist.
Born of a pianist father, he has discovered his vocation very young. At 17 years old he joined a musical school in Paris. This call will drive him to many experiences : opening concerts for famous French singers, acting in videoclips for rock bands, modelling for photographers.
In 2010 he will signed with an edition who will help him to grow until 2014 for the release of his first single in collaboration with Dombrance : « Entre tes mains ». In 2018, this time in collaboration with Pierre Simon he produced 5 songs. « Quai de la Gare » will be synchronized during the exhibition of Pierre & Gilles « La fabrique des idoles » for who Izae was photographed.
Frenchie but dandy, it is with panache that Izae presents himself as one of the actors of the revival of the French musical scene, at the crossroads of his nostalgic influences and his contemporary approach. He is about to release his first EP in May 2022.
Thank you for taking this interview! How has the New Year been for you so far as an artist? To begin, I must say that I am living a very intense year. After all the pandemic situations I’ve decided to do it all by myself and stop waiting for the perfect place and the perfect moment. I think the importance is the sincerity of my songs and my process.
So it’s a good year full of exciting projects ! Can you tell us how you've transformed from the beginning to now as an artist? As far as I can remember I’ve always had an artistic temperament. When I was a kid I was singing the songs of « Cinderella » while I imagined myself dancing with rats. My father is a pianist, the music was everywhere. So naturally I’ve started to play piano and sing.
I wrote my first song when I was 14 years old. It is a constant evolution which has sometimes taken turns but which has kept the same soul. How did you come up with your latest project? I don’t see it as my « latest project ». It’s more like « the story of my life ». I know the beginning of it but not the end. That’s what makes me so passionate. Where are you from originally? I’m from Paris, France. I used to live in the south when I was a kid but I came back to learn in a musical school. Where do you live now? I’m still in Paris. I love this city, I feel at home when I’m there. I know there’s so many beautiful places to live. But I sing in French (mostly) and it’s quite complicated to make your project grow if you are somewhere else. I’m lucky because I love to live here (even if I need to leave sometimes to breathe a little) Do you think where you live impacts how your music is made? Obviously it has. I am so inspired by the city, the streets. I have a few songs about the night in Paris. « Hôtel de Ville » is talking about a metro station in the center of Paris. What was the inspiration to make music your career? My biggest inspiration is probably David Bowie, his whole career is a masterpiece. But to be honest, when I was a kid I was crazy about the Spice Girls. My first pop crush. Right after I discovered rock music. How do you want to shape your career? I never had a precise career plan. I probably should ask myself but like almost everyone who makes music I would like to make it grow and to be able to do concerts in every city of the world. I would like to have no limit for creation. Do you work on a tight timeline always or do you go with the flow when it comes to your music? I will soon release my first EP so I need to stick to a schedule, a kind of retro planning. I am a very organized person. When you work alone and on your own it’s impossible to do without discipline and organization. How did your latest title of your music come to be? My latest single « La Vague » is talking about love and water. I composed it two years ago. The inspiration for this song is « Pure Shores » by this band from the 00’s the All Saints. In my opinion it’s a pop masterpiece that I can listen to again and again. I wanted to write an aerial song that would make you want to drink lemonade in a park after a breakup. Is it hard to let go of the music when it is done? It has been. When I was younger I wanted everything to be perfect before releasing a song. But I understood later that the most important thing was to bring my music to life. I talked about that on my instagram and so many people wrote to me after because they can relate. It’s so hard to accept that it’s NOT perfect and it’s ok.
Do you feel an emotional attachment with your music? Sure ! It’s all me, all my life. I feel naked every time I release a song. How would you describe your music in one word to someone who hasn't listened to it yet? Hybrid. Where do they go to listen NOW? All the platform streaming, I hope to release a physical CD but before that I’m everywhere you can listen to music ! What has been the best fan reaction to your music?
Sometimes I get messages on instagram or after my concerts. When someone tells you that you helped him/her/them during everyday moments it’s a beautiful gift. And when I see someone crying while I’m singing it’s a unique sensation. Is there anything exciting coming up for you? I’m so excited because I will release my first EP this spring ! I can’t wait to sing it in concerts ! Are you performing the song anywhere LIVE? I’ll be in concert in Paris the 23rd of may, and I’m still waiting for the confirmation of the other dates. I’ll annonce it on social media.