Oh! Hello Geelong is very excited to share this Q&A with you! We first came across Izzy Losi way back in January when we were first scouring G-town for wonderful people and places to feature on our brand new blog (gosh how time flies!). Izzy just happened to be one of the MCs at Courthouse Arts during their short film festival and we were just blown away by her confidence, style and presence (and she wasn’t even singing and playing the piano that day!). Since then we have seen Izzy’s local profile grow and grow and with the arrival of her debut EP and an amazing show coming up on Sunday (she’ll be playing alongside Mia Dyson at Courthouse Arts) there’ll be no stopping this local lass! Thanks Izzy for taking the time to answers our Q&A!!!
Tell us a bit about yourself, your background and how you got to where you are now?
I’m a 21 year old sing/songwriter and pianist from Geelong. I’ve lived here all my life, and despite venturing to Melbourne for further study and new experiences, I always kept my grounding in Geelong. I’m glad I have my roots here because I’ve been able to network with some great organisations locally. One organisation I work closely with is Courthouse Arts in Geelong’s CBD, where I’m part of the Arts Advisory Panel, which is very exciting! I’m currently in the process of working with Courthouse Arts on New Years Revolution, which in 2013 will be solely focused on music. This is great for Geelong because I feel that the community was lacking such a festival. I am particularly excited about this even because my band The Auracles and I might be making an appearance!
I am also actively involved with 94.7 The Pulse and host my very own show called Reckless Radio. We play 100% Aussie music and I’ve been lucky enough to interview some awesome musicians including Josh Pyke and Jarred from Eagle and the Worm!!!
What is the vision / concept and inspiration behind your music?
Music is my passion and for me music is about being able to share it. I write songs mostly from life experiences and believe that it’s really important to think about connecting with audiences. I’m really lucky to be able to do what I love and to share this with others!!!
Who are your music loves? What would we see on Izzy’s iTunes playlist?
My iTunes playlist is a bit of weird mix! Currently at the top is Hidden Hands by Jen Cloher. I like supporting local artists and supporting music by people whom I’ve met, it makes me respect their music so much more. I always enjoy anything with piano in it, female artists like Kate Miller-Hidke, Katie Noonan and Regina Spektor have really gained my respect because they are strong front women. Also, not that many people play piano as lead so they are major inspirations for me. I also like music like Karnivool and I really used to like Cog. I like all sorts of music really, but I’d have to say I’m fairly picky, and listen to things at my own pace. I don’t really follow music trends. I think that comes down to me always playing my own original stuff and getting caught up in my own little world.
What does the future hold for Izzy losi?
After having just recorded my first professional debut EP under the name Izzy Losi and the Auracles, this is only the beginning for me! I have wanted to produce a record of this quality for some time, people think making a record it easy but in reality creating it is a whole different story. Thanks to receiving the Queenscliff Music Festival scholarship last year, I was able to make the record happen and it was a real honour for me. I’ve had my fair share of low points within the music industry, so I really feel like it’s my time to shine now. Not many people know who I am in the industry and I want to change that. This EP is only the start of what I want to do. I want to keep making professional records from here on and keep performing live. I want to play more music festivals outside of the Geelong and Surfcoast region and venture out more into other towns and cities.
And what about life outside of music?
Well, I’ve just completed my degree at Uni where I studied Media Communications and Italian. I plan to travel overseas again in the future, and put my Italian to the test again (and perhaps even play some music while I’m over there!). I think travelling overseas is a great thing for anyone, it really opens your eyes to the world. As you can tell, I haven’t really locked myself into one area. I’m always busy and I’m hardly ever bored.
Do you have any quotes or sayings you live by?
I have a few quotes that I really believe in, sometimes I forget about them but when I am reacquainted with them again I always feel really good!
“By 1998, lead singer Ian Kenny changed their set to entirely original songs, removed all early members and officially named the band Karnivool.” Thus, I believe in original creations, never try to be anyone else but thyself.
“Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness”. I really believe in this one, nothing comes to you, you have to get up and do everything for yourself.
And….“He who is humble is confident and wise. He who brags is insecure and lacking.” I really dislike artists who are all about themselves, if you support others they are more likely to support you!
Geelong’s best kept secret?
I think Courthouse is still a bit of a hidden place for some people. I always tell people about it because it’s such a great arts hub for Geelong. I don’t want it to be a secret but sometimes it feels like it has a blanket over it!
Where can we find your work?
My new EP is available now on iTunes! (we’re also on Spotify, JBhifiNOW, Amazon, and a few others). Hard copies are also available via my website at www.izzylosi.com. You can listen to a couple of songs here on our website too.
There’s also this video that Courthouse Arts made in the lead up to my gig with Mia Dyson this Sunday; it’s a little interview with me and I’m playing a song in the background.
Thanks so much Izzy!
Love Penny + Laura