We caught up with Izzy Bizu after her gig for the Coffee House Sessions Tour!
The Coffee House Sessions are a series of live acoustic and semi-acoustic performances from some of the UK’s hottest singer song-writers and acoustic musicians.
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Last year we were joined by the likes of Seafret and Hudson Taylor to name a few…
You just played the Leeds leg of the Coffee House Sessions tour, how has the whole experience been for you so far?
Very fun, very intimate, groovy, a little bit tiring!
There’s been quite a few dates right?
I think I’ve done maybe 10-15 in total and we have about 7 more to go. It’s been cool, seeing different unis, gymnasiums, some have swimming pools…
Have you been to the one here?
For real? Why didn’t I go to uni! So cool.
How did you decide which songs to play today?
Just the ones that we feel the most. And when we get bored we change it! We always do ‘White Tiger’, ‘Mad Behaviour’, ‘Diamond’. The ones in between we just mess about to have fun.
You played an Amy Winehouse cover today, what made you decide to play that?
It’s a song that I can relate to. I thought I might as well!
Earlier in the year you released ‘Adam & Eve’, what made you decide to release that as a single?
It was quite upbeat! I was afraid that my stuff might be a little bit too chilled. I thought something with a groove and all the songs were a bit flowery so I thought maybe something a bit harder.
After that it was ‘Diamond’, and there’s quite a big contrast between them, was that on purpose or did you just like the songs?
I just liked the songs! A lot of the songs are very different to each other. So I guess people can expect it to change quite a bit. But ‘Diamond’ was one of my favourite songs so I decided to release it.
Then ‘White Tiger’!
Yeah it’s one of the first songs I’ve ever written so it’s quite sentimental. It’s about my first love. It’s about being spontaneous. It’s about someone making you feel free, forgetting anything bad around you just because they’re there.
I love the video, where was it filmed?
What’s the inspiration behind that and why did you choose Morocco?
I thought adventure and being quite care-free and naïve and I thought that portrayed that.
I saw you’ve worked a lot with BBC Introducing, how have they helped you and what’s that been like?
They were the biggest support ever. I’m not just saying that, they were so kind to play our stuff at first. Because of them we had so many great platforms and they’re still helping us out now!
Yeah we did Glastonbury, they brought us there! It was really special, I’d always wanted to go.
Did you play any other festivals?
We did Latitude which was so funny.
Is it good? I’ve never been.
Hilarious! And there’s loads of campfires, lovely families.
They have all sorts like spoken there, right?
It’s amazing, they’ve got spoken word, they’ve got raves going on, they’ve got art, they’ve got nude drawings. Everyone takes their clothes off and just jumps in the lake. I didn’t do that, I thought it would be awkward if I came off stage and did that. So I didn’t do it.
You’ve had a rather exciting selection of support slots as well, how did those come about?
I guess the artist always chooses the support slot. So Sam Smith asked us.
He’s amazing! He’s such an inspirational guy. More than anything he’s just a really nice person. He’s got a great sense of humour. It’s nice to be on tour with somebody who’s cool and chilled.
Jamie Cullum as well?
He’s hilarious as well! Such a great guy. My dad was so happy to meet him, so that was really sweet. Foxes was a lot of fun, she’s cool. Her performance was so amazing.
It must be good to learn from how they all do it as well?
Yeah of course. You really do because it’s all glamorous onstage but there’s so much that happens behind stage. They’re all really talented in their own way.
Now you’ve got your own headline tour coming up, what have you got in store for that?
Just really jam. Carpets, nice little lamps, fairy lights. I want to make it really warm like someone’s coming into my house. Then we’re going to have full drums, bass, guitar, vocal. And I hope, some cool clothes. I’ll see if it happens. That’ll be nice!
Is it your first tour? How do you reckon it will compare to today?
It’s my first ever tour yeah. It’ll be with the full band so I think there will be a lot of adrenaline and excitement. I am excited for this but when it’s you own audience you really want to make everyone happy. I think it’s going to be nice, it’s going to be really fun.
What else have you got coming up? Any plans for an album yet?
Album’s coming soon! It’s up for pre-order now. It’s coming out early next year, I don’t know when but it will.
How do you decide which tracks make the album?
Just the ones that I listen to the most. The ones that touch me the most as I thought they might touch other people. There’s three groups that are similar within each other and they all have their own elements. We have one that’s kind of reggae-ish, dubby. We have one with a hip-hop beat. We have one that’s kind of acoustic. But they all collide with each other anyway because it’s all soul, jazzy stuff. You’ll hear it soon!