The Very Promising ISAC ELLIOT Discusses His Newest EP, “A Little More”, What He’s Learned So Far in the Biz and Much More!
Posted On 20 Jul 2016
15 year old pop phenom Isac Elliot released his new EP, A LITTLE MORE rececntly on July 8th. After headlining sold-out arenas in his native Scandinavia, Isac Elliot is continuing to break new ground on our shores in the US.
This EP comes fresh on the heels of his May 23rd appearance on NBC’s, Today Show as Elvis Duran’s “Artist Of The Month” as well as exposure in People Magazine, NOW, J-14, Young Hollywood and other outlets. In addition, the debut of his song, ”What About Me” was played on the iconic Z-100 as Isac performed it on the popular national morning TV show.
The new EP, A LITTLE MORE was recorded last winter in Los Angeles, New York and Helsinki.
“I am so excited to be releasing this new EP for my new American fans. Meeting them out on my recent tour was a great experience for me and the release of this record is my thank you back to them for their support. The songs are much more personal than my other music and I can’t wait to hear from the fans once they give it a listen.”
The impressive songwriting credits on the EP, include some of the world’s best including Anne Preven, Rob Knox, Big Taste, Johnny Powers and Nico Stadi who have worked with superstars Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj to name a few.
With a Top 10 song on Radio Disney, the most-played song on Sirius/XM’s “Venus” channel, two #1 singles in the same month on Billboard/Twitter’s Emerging Artists Chart–for “Lipstick” featuring Tyga and “Baby I” and a recently completed mall tour of the US East Coast, Isac is prepared to claim a pop throne.
Learn more about Isac in the following All Access interview with him:
How’s 2016 treating you so far?
Honestly, 2016 has been amazing so far. I’ve been able to do some things that not only have I never done before, but no Finnish artist has ever done before. I got to make a bit of history when I became the first artist from Finland to perform on NBC’s The Today Show in May. And also was the first to have a concert special filmed for the American audience which aired on DirecTV. And was the first to perform at the iHeart summit in LA among artists like Taylor Swift, Demi Lovato and Fifth Harmony. So all in all, I am have a GREAT 2016 so far.
How’s your summer been going?
Its still early but its been really fun. I just recently got back from the states where I shot a new video for my single “What About Me” and got to see new parts of the country I haven’t seen before making a bunch of press appearances. My family has a summer house that I got to spend a little bit of time, having friends for sleepovers, swimming in the sea and fishing. Normal summer stuff. I am playing the largest festival in all of Scandinavia, VG-Lista, which always is a highlight during the summers. They are expecting between 100,000 – 120,000 people to be in attendance. So I’m super excited for that show. Will also continue working on my album and also do festivals around Scandinavia and the Baltics. The summer festivals over here are amazing as it is light outside though it is in the middle of the night. The sun never really sets.
What were some of the highlights of 2015 for you and your music?
Last year was mostly a year of writing and recording as I spent the majority of it in the studio. I got to work with so many amazing writers and producers and also got much more involved in the writing of my music. Now we’ve got an EP coming out on July 8th with an album following that later this year. So I’m glad I put in the work that I did. Plus, I also got to play a ton of shows and even spent some time opening up for One Direction in stadiums which was fun. 2015 was also the year I shot a couple of new videos including the one for “Lipstick” with Tyga. He brought Kylie Jenner to the shoot so that was an added bonus. And it was the first time I heard one of my songs on American radio since Radio Disney really got behind “Baby I”.
Have you always wanted to be a performer? Can you recall your earliest musical memory?
I don’t know that I always wanted to be a performer, but I did start singing at a very early age. I was 6 when I joined the boy choir and that lead to me doing a few musicals at the national theatre in Helsinki. But once I started getting into more mainstream music, I stopped doing the musicals. It was around that time that I recorded a song with my dad and sent it out to a bunch of labels, not really expecting much. But within 48 hours, they had all called us and wanted to meet. We wound up doing a deal with Sony and that’s when I started recording in real studios and thought that maybe this could be something I want to do forever. I wen to my first concert when i was 6 together with my dad. It was My Chemical Romance during their “Black parade” tour. I remember asking my friends to see if the girls next to us were alright as they were crying when the band walked out on stage. My dad told me that they were crying cause they were so excited and loved the band so much. I remember thinking it was kind of weird. I sometimes think back on that when I see my fans crying at shows or meet&greets.
I understand that you are just getting started but so far, what’s been the most surprising thing to you about the music industry and the way it all works?
So much. The crazy thing about the music industry is that if you’re not in it, you don’t really know how it works, or even care how it works. You just support the artists you want to support. And enjoy the end product. But its crazy how much goes into getting your music out there. All of the people, the planning, the politics, the tours, the shows, the interviews, the travel, the studio sessions, the rehearsals…. it involves having a team that works really hard. And as an artist, I never knew how much time it takes make all of these things happen. Being in this business is a never ending job. And there’s no guarantees on anything. Its just so much different than any other business I know of. But even with all of that, I know there is nothing in the world I would rather be doing. I really appreciate the fans that have supported me, cause without them, I couldn’t do any of this. There’s nothing easy about this business but my fans make it all worth it. And I’m also super lucky to have a family that supports me the way that they do. I thought this was maybe going to be bneighbors
Can you remember a piece of advice that someone has given you about the music business? What was it and who gave it to you?
Yes. I was told early on that no matter what, have fun! And I think about that all of the time. Cause if it’s not fun, why do it? I think that no matter what you do for a living, if you have to wake up every day and go do something, you might as well enjoy it, right? So I make it a point that I am always having fun whether I’m in the studio, on tour, in rehearsals… wherever. Even doing this interview with you right now is fun for me. So thank YOU!
Who are some of your favorite artists?
I have a lot. I’m a big hip hop fan so I listen to a lot of Drake, a lot of Future… pretty much all of the big trap sounding rap. Recently, I’ve been listening to Desiigner’s “Panda” probably more that any other song. But of course I also love pop too. My favorite artist is probably Justin Timberlake who I admire in so many ways. He’s an amazing performer, an amazing writer and somehow he manages to stay away from any drama or trouble. I can’t think of any mistakes he’s made over the course of his career. And that’s really tough to come by. Such a professional.
Who would you love to work with one day?
I’m gonna have to say Justin Timberlake for all of the reasons above. There’s just so much to learn from that guy.
At the end of the day, what do you hope is the message for your music?
I have a song called Dream Big. It is an anthem for me a and my fans. About dreaming big and never letting the haters bring you down. That is the motto I live by. If your neighbors are not laughing at your dreams, the dreams are not big enough.
My music is more for enjoyment. I’m just hoping that people can have fun listening to my music. If I can make people forget their problems for a few minutes and just sing along to my songs, then I feel like I’ve accomplished my goal. I think I make music that my generation can relate to.
What do you hope listeners take away from your songs?
A sore throat from singing along so loud. And maybe a sweaty shirt if they decided to dance. 🙂 I also think that my fans can can take the lyrics from my songs and relate them to their own lives. Thats one of the best parts about making music… I can release a song that means so much to so many different people in their own ways just because of things that have happened in their own lives. Music can connect people in such a cool way. I sing about love. I am only 15 and I started out when I was 12. I remember people writing about me being too young to sing about love. That I can’t sing about love cause young people don’t know anything about love. I think that is wrong. Though we are young we still have feeling and they are as real as anybody else.
Is there anything else that you would like to share with our readers about yourself or your music?
Well of course I want everyone to know that my new EP A Little More is coming out on July 8th. And after that, I’ll have a full album coming later this year. I also hope you come and find me on the socials as I have a lot of cool things to announce in the coming weeks and months, so don’t be shy. I spend a lot of time on them and truly love connecting with my fans. So lets hang!