Interview: Quickfire with Isaac Anderson

It’s become incredibly rare for an artist to craft a sound that is as easy to listen to as that by British talent Isaac Anderson.

First and foremost, this is music that is written with a desire to connect to the listener. Through simple melodies, engaging lyricism and a warm vocal delivery, Anderson creates worlds that are both inviting and captivating.

So whether you’re already one of his army of loyally committed fans, or someone yet to discover this hugely promising talent, here’s some quickfire questions to pique your interest.

For those who aren’t familiar with your music, could you tell us a little about yourself?

I’m a singer, songwriter and guitarist from Nottingham, UK. I’ve been playing music my whole life – I started playing guitar when I was eight, joined my first band at ten and was doing music as a full time job by eighteen. It’s always been a major goal of mine to write and release music under my own name, as a solo artist, and it took me years of touring and playing in all sorts of different bands to gather the confidence to tackle it head on. It’s been a long road but it’s so exciting to finally be here!

In a very short space of time you have garnered huge acclaim for your releases. How does that make you feel?

Overwhelming – but incredibly humbling. It’s really easy to get sucked into obsessing over streaming numbers but the most important thing to me is that the music is connecting with people. I get a real sense that it’s starting to do that – it’s sparking conversations between myself and others – and that feels massively rewarding, even at such an early stage of my journey as an artist. I have to say, there is a bit of a bizarre disconnect watching it all unfold online though! If only people knew how often I’m sitting in my pyjamas when I chat to them on Twitter…

What inspires you when you write your music?

On my recent EP, there was quite a heavy influence from some of the songwriting greats – Bob Dylan, Adele, Elton John, and loads more. I love songs with a real story – I find myself drawing inspiration from just observing the world, and trying to interpret all the craziness that happens day to day. I hope that the music I write can help people figure things out a bit for themselves too.

Who would your dream collaboration be with?

I’d love to write a song with James Bay – he’s an incredible songwriter. I’ve admired him for years!

What does the rest of the year have in store for you?

I’ve got a couple more releases up my sleeve, but I can’t say too much yet! I’m also keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll get to do some live shows – I’d love to take these songs out and play them to people in real life after this bizarre year. Loads more writing, developing myself as an artist and above all, just strengthening the bond I’ve started to grow between myself and my listeners. I feel like it’s just the beginning!

Isaac Anderson