INTERVIEW – IZZY BIZU

Since our chat, Izzy was selected as one of the BBC’s ones to watch in the Sound of 2016 and has been played throughout the day on Radio 1!!!

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Izzy supporting Foxes in Manchester / MY REVIEW

Izzy Bizu supported Foxes on her UK tour this October and is currently on the road for four nights with Samm Henshaw, before taking to the stage in her own headline show at Hoxton Hall in London at the end of November.

At only 21 years old, Izzy has already gained support from some famous friends, including chart toppers Emily Sande and Naughty Boy, who both happened to be in the audience at the open mic night which proved to be the catalyst for her career and “probably the moment” that cemented her love of performing. Since then, she’s gone on to play in Radio 1Xtra’s Live Lounge and on ‘Later with Jools Holland’. Izzy confesses that the performance of ‘Give Me Love’ and ‘Mad Behaviour’ on the world renowned live music show was “the most nerve wracking thing I’ve ever done but super cool!”

Although she’s only been behind the microphone for around two years, writing lyrics is something Izzy has always enjoyed. “I started writing poems aged 8 or 9… but it was aged 15 when I properly started song writing”. It’s evident that this talent comes naturally to the South Londoner, as the heartfelt lyrics which make up her debut EP ‘Coolbeanz’ continue through to her forthcoming album, due to be released by EPIC in 2016. Izzy had help from her friend and multi-instrumentalist Mika in developing upon the foundations of her album, which mostly took place in her spare room. However, Izzy confesses that she has a slightly odd favourite writing place. “I love writing on the train, it sounds so cheesy but there’s loads of white noise, which I find really calming.”

Prior to the second night of the Foxes tour, Izzy was clearly enjoying life on the road so far, chilling in the car en-route to Manchester, listening to the “sick tunes” her drummer was recommending. Although she confessed that she hadn’t listened to them before today, Honne’s single ‘Warm On A Cold Night’ had clearly made an impression on Izzy, “It’s not something that I would usually go for.” In fact, Izzy listed the electronic duo as one of the artists she’d most like to work with, adding that the track released last year “gave me tingles everywhere!”

The singer songwriter confessed she listens to dance music before going on stage as she “likes a lot of energy before a show”, yet intends her supporting set to be “super chilled back” and “really soulful” with minimal production on stage. Izzy admitted ‘Mad Behaviour’ was her favourite song to perform because it reminds her of the good times spent during the writing process.

Looking back over the year, Izzy recalled Glastonbury Festival as one of the highlights of 2015 so far. “Glastonbury was a lot of fun – Kanye was jokes!” But, what’s in store for next year? Along with the release of her album and writing, Izzy is embarking on a four date tour of the UK in January, once again visiting Manchester in the process. “It should be really cool, I’m really looking forward to that! Obviously there’s loads of things I’d like to do, we’ll just have to wait and see!”

One thing is for certain -Izzy is on the way to the top with no sign of stopping.

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