South London’s Izzy Bizu has become our pop-soul dream girl overnight.
21 years old, Izzy Bizu is a pop force to be reckoned with. Not quite at Bieber levels of adolescent fame yet, she’s well on the way. Staccato sunshine vocals with falsetto trills, Izzy’s feelgood factor is off the charts on her new track, “White Tiger”. We’ve been promised an album in early 2016, but until then you can replay her cutely named Coolbeanz EP from 2013 that won her recognition from 1Xtra as well as BBC Radio 1.
After applying herself to the arts academically at boarding school and later theatre school Izzy flirted with the possibility of finding fame in Soundgirl, a group she started with friends but it was after she jumped onto an open mic she found herself as a solo performer. Believe it or not, at the ILuvLive musical showcase, that turned out to be run by her long lost cousin, it sounds like one of those he-said, she-said stories, but it’s so unbelievably lucky, it could only be true.
Since then she’s appeared on Jools Holland’s show, sold out two of her own headline shows and played with Mark Ronson at the Amy Winehouse Foundation Event. We’re already hooked on the sugar-sweet sound of “White Tiger” after a solid day of clicking the repeat button so we interrupted Izzy’s busy tour schedule supporting Foxes to talk about her new track and what’s on the way from Izzy Bizu.
What’s your first memory of music being important to you?
When I first moved out of my house to live on my own, I listened to music to keep me company!
When did you realise you wanted to be a singer? Who was the first person to tell you that you were talented?
Well when I was little I used to sing about trees and my family I was always in a world of my own but I was happy singing. The first person to tell me I was talented? Probably my friend Mika, he always encouraged me to jam and my confidence grew the more we wrote and played together.
Tell us about your new track “White Tiger” that you’ve just released the video for, what’s it about?
It’s about resting my laurels and meeting somebody that lets me be free, someone spontaneous showing me the world through their eyes, ignoring the conventions in life!
How was filming in Morocco?
Bloody beautiful man, it’s a great place to be although I wish I could have stayed longer to explore and meet the people, they seem to have a really laid back culture and I love that.
You’ve hit a few milestones recently! What’s been your most surreal moment in your career so far?
Well probably Jools Holland, it was super scary being on to for the first time but I guess there’s a first time for everything and things get easier as you go! I ended up really enjoyed it in the end, watched some new music on the show that I hadn’t heard of was pretty great!
You’ve been touring with Foxes and Rudimental, what do you think is the most important thing you’ve learnt from them?
Well for one the way they vibe with the crowd is awesome. I’m a pretty awkward being in front of a crowd but when I sing I feel more at ease, also their vocal technique is on point!
What’s been your favourite show so far? What can we expect from a live Izzy Bizu show?
Well I loved supporting Foxes in Manchester and also the Great Escape was a special moment for me, I guess it depends what mood I’m in lol I guess we all have our days. You can expect a lot of grooving, my awkward dancing and soul!
Can you remember a reason why you became a musician, is there anything you really want to achieve?
It kinda just happened in a gradual way, I always loved it although got comfortable with the idea that I may have to live with it as a hobby! I just wanted to say things that I couldn’t say in real life, sometimes I wouldn’t have the guts to put out my feeling to people so I would sing about it instead. I’ll be writing for as long as I live ha well to see the world would be amazing! But we shall see, we don’t know what the future holds!
Finally, what’s next?
Ah good question, let me check my diary! Hmm, another headline show in London in November then a tour in January, with my album sometime early next year. Woop de woo!!