‘Just because it’s night-time doesn’t mean the music has to be dark’: An interview with INFAMOUSIZAK
Words by Abolaji Oshun
Sitting in a nice PR agency on a Thursday afternoon, Izak seems remarkably calm. His neatly kept twists and faded sides are the first thing I notice, and compliment him on. He has the coolness of many up and coming musicians, yet possesses a refreshing warmth. It’s the afternoon before his EP “Deep The Night” releases later in the evening.
Listening to his 3 singles which existed on his Spotify to positive acclaim and impressive streaming numbers, Izak’s remarkable clarity and fine songwriting is noticeable. While he shows great vocal and melodic range on ‘No L’, ‘Awks’ is a more upbeat, braggadocio number. ‘Homeowner’ seems to strike a balance between the two. While many would self prescribe their music as ‘versatile’, bragging an eclectic range and taste, Izaks small discography has proven this without words. His degree in music production reveals itself in his careful production. Occupying in the hazy artistic space that exists of artists who can rap and sing effortlessly, it is clear the Norwood native is capable of numerous bangers, tear-jerkers and an overall iconic career.
14HQ: So you direct your videos, write and produce? And you did your own cover art. Do you think that’s important? Having that creative control.
Izak: I guess so; it’s my art at the end of the day. I mean, I’m always open to ideas, help and inspiration… It’s important ‘cause it’s my vision at the end of the day. I’m painting my picture.
How would you describe the sound you’re trying to push?
I would say it’s a mix of sounds. I’m still trying to pin it down myself… there are songs like ‘No L’ which is R&B, but then I’ve got another called ‘Silly Billy’ and some that are a bit more underground. I mean it’s a mixture of things.
I feel like there’s different bases you’re covering; trap and upbeat but then also more R&B, mellow sounds.
That’s me as a person, that’s my style init. It’s just a mixture of things. All my influences. More time it’s the beats that I’m making, whatever mood I’m in. I might make a beat and just vibe off it if I feel like it’s working.
Who would you say are like your biggest musical influences?
When I first started I was heavily into Grime, so artists like Skepta, D Double E, then I started listening to other genres so had a broader palette of sounds and influences.
On your EP, there are no features, was that deliberate?
Kind of. I feel like that’s the situation I’m in. I feel like I’ve got to establish myself first before I start doing collabs and stuff. I’ve been doing collabs behind the scenes, but those will come out after the EP. Especially ‘cause I’m producing the EP too, I feel like that would give a good representation of myself and then hopefully you understand more of what I’m about and then go onto doing other things. Even collaborating on my beats, I’m looking forward to doing that. Putting people on stuff that I’m working on because I’ve got beats and ideas.
With the EP is there a story to it? Is it conceptual?
It’s a loose one, it’s not like extremely thought out as a concept album. A lot of the things and experiences I’m talking about have come at night time or nightlife, when I’m out. A lot of times I say “I come alive at night” ‘cause even when I’m performing it’s always night time. Like I listen to music when I’m going out and I’m just tryna put this into the EP.
I guess like emotions are heightened at night time as well so you can capture that.
Exactly. The vibe, the electricity of night time.
Does most of your inspiration come from or at night time then?
I’ve heard people say ‘you write better at night’ and more recently I think maybe that’s true, but in the past I’ve been at my house at like midday and made a banger, but there is a certain vibe you can get at a nighttime when you’re just… I dunno its like a weird state init. You might just say something sick and then…
I think even though there’s a lot of darkness in the concept, a lot of the music isn’t very dark, they feel ‘light’ or vibrant.
I mean nighttime doesn’t always have to be dark, even though it comes from night, you can still be feeling or experience that love.
There’s electricity on the cover, so will a lot of the music be passionate?
Yeah I’d say that, it’s just emotional. That’s what I want my music to be, I want people to be able to relate to it on an emotional level or at least feel something, that’s the aim, to feel something. To feel gassed or maybe sad or I dunno… whatever, to just feel something.
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