FYIG Chats With Alt Pop/Rock Artist Izzy Thomas

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Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m an Alternative Pop/Rock artist originally from Hull in East Yorkshire, now based in London. My mother is Iranian, my father is British, making me a bit of a mixture.. like my music I guess!

How did you get your start in music?

I wrote a lot of poems, those poems eventually turned in to songs as I started to play the guitar, then had stints in different bands until I realised what I actually wanted to do. Eventually, I became a solo artist.

How would you describe your musical style?

Eclectic! It’s very soulful and bluesy in certain songs, then other songs are more rock/pop, with hip hop influence with the beat. Honestly, if I just stuck to one style, I’d be so bored.

You recently released a new single called, “Trouble (Pull That Trigger)”. Tell us a bit about this song.

To be frank, it’s basically about holding your own, and not taking shit from anybody! I feel like right now it’s relevant especially for women…. with stuff like the R Kelly victims coming forward and the #metoo movement. The sad thing is, every woman I know has experienced abuse, whether it be sexist, verbal, or sexual. The good thing is, now they’re actually speaking up about it.

Do you have any live shows coming up? What’s the experience like at one of those shows?

9th of April at Hard Rock Cafe baby! Its the London Hard Rock Cafe, I will also be having my single/video launch party for Trouble after that, but times etc are yet to be confirmed. Easiest thing is to follow my facebook or insta, I’m always updating my socials with my gig info.

What’s next for your career? Is a full-length album on the horizon?

More singles, few videos, then an EP, then an album.

What advice would you have for aspiring musicians?

In a world where EVERYONE has an opinion on how you should be, don’t forget to listen to your inner voice first.. and your gut. It’s never wrong!

You campaign for Autism Awareness. How important is it to use your music and experiences with a family member with Autism to teach people about it?

It’s extremely important to me. I think if someone my age was going round schools performing and educating kids on what Autism is, and how to be compassionate people, my brother (who has Asperger’s syndrome) would have had a much easier childhood. Kids can be so cruel sometimes, you have to teach them early on not to be little shits otherwise they’ll grow up and still be a little shit!

What’s your life like outside of music?

To be honest, my life pretty much is music! When I’m not gigging or recording I like to run, write poetry, attend my mate’s gigs, see my family, seeing my family is the most important. I’m so busy with my music that I hardly get to see my family as they don’t live in London, so yeah, if I’m not traveling to a bloody gig I’m traveling to see my family!

Let the readers know where to find you online.

@izzythomasofficial on facebook and @izzythomasofficial on instagram, @izzythomasmusic on Twitter and izzythomasmusic Youtube.