Isac Elliot is having a moment right now. The 15-year-old Finnish pop sensation just released his EP, A Little More, dropped a new music video called "What About Me?", and is traveling the world performing. TWIST recently caught up with the singer about the musical journey that he's on, and he shared some of his favorite moments so far. Check out our exclusive Q&A with him below.
TWIST: What's your favorite part of the music industry: performing live, recording in the studio, or filming music videos?
IE: Well it is easy to say that my LEAST favorite of these three is filming music videos. It is just too much waiting and sitting around. Although last time when we filmed "What About Me", there were a lot of young actors and actresses and we had a lot of fun so that was kind of different.
I love being in the studio, creating music and recording new stuff. You always get excited when you get new songs on the table, you think of the fans and how they will react to the new songs, you picture the songs live and in front of a crowd. When you record a song and do an album you have to live so long with the songs. You do promotion, radio tours, TV, shows, videos and so on. You are connecting with your songs every day. So when you get new stuff to work with it is super exciting not only for the fans but also for yourself. Its been two years since I put out my last album which is quite a long time as people nowadays listen to music 24/7, have it on their phones and easy access to it. I know that my fans and my friends feel like a 3-4 month old song can be an old one. So I definitely like being in the studio recording.
That being said, I still think the live part is the best of it all. I get to see my fans, connect with them, see and hear them sing along to OUR songs and feel the energy. I love everything with the live shows. The joy of the crowd, the new places I get to see and the amazing people I get to meet. I enjoy traveling and having fun on stage with my crew and my dancers. It really is a blast.
What was it like working with Sophie Beem in your music video?:
IE: Sophie is amazing. I had never met her before but she was so easy to be around. You know these types of people you click with from the first moment and you feel like you have known that person your whole life. She is a super talented singer and artist and I think she will really make a mark in the music business soon. I know she just recently opened for Beyoncé, so it seems like she is on her way. We had a lot of fun at the video shoot for "What About Me" and she played her part perfectly. She is a beautiful girl and she is a lot of fun. What more can you ask for? We have met a few times after the shoot and will most definitely keep in touch.
What has the fan reaction been like since you dropped your EP?:
IE: The feedback has been amazing. You never know especially when you try new things, new sounds and styles. We have been working really long and hard on the album to make at as good as possible cause I only want to give my fans the best. We don't have the album ready quite yet but enough songs to put out a little preview, an appetizer before the whole album drops. A gift to the fans for always supporting and standing by my side.
I can tell they appreciated it and the comments they have been leaving me are amazing. All the songs are listed on the "fans favorites," which feels great. That tells me that there is not only one or two songs they like. The press has also given the EP great reviews which is not a given for a teen artist like me. But what really matters is the review of the fans.
I am also happy for the fact that the fans appreciate me trying out new stuff and new sounds. Like my song "Alone" has a strong Justin Timberlake feel to it, which is new for me. "What About Me" is stripped down and more about the lyrics and the story, the vocals and the feel and not so much about the production. That is also new for me and the fans have really embraced it. I feel like this EP really made the connection between my fans and I that much stronger.
You're really interactive with your fans on social media. What does their support mean to you, and what do you love most about talking with them?:
IE: I love my fans and they do so much for me. I want to give back as much as possible. Music is of course one thing, but it is also really important for me to connect with the fans on a daily basis, personally. I wanna hear what they have to say, what they are feeling, if there is something I can do for them or that we can do together. Sometimes a simple "Happy Birthday" or "Stay Strong" or "Sleep tight" can make someone's day. That is easy for me to do, to make people happy that way. I will always do it and it is important to me.
I get to see and hear a lot of amazing stories through social media. When I am traveling I don't always have access to WiFi and that can make me feel uneasy. I also know that the fans want to feel like they are close to me, know what I am up to and how my day is going. They are involved in my life and a big part of it and I am involved in theirs. And through social media that is so easy to do.
I also try to throw as many competitions, challenges, and fun stuff as I can because I can see that the fans really appreciate that. Of course there is always someone who gets upset when he/she does not win or does not get chosen for say a private Skype call. But we do a lot of these things so there is always a new chance.
We will soon put out my first good old "online fan club" that will have a lot of crazy cool features. I am super hyped about that one and I think the fans will love it.
What would your younger self be most excited to hear about your career right now?:
IE: Probably the fact that I get to travel and play for big audiences. I went to my first concert when I was 6 with my dad. It was My Chemical Romance during their "Black Parade" tour. I remember asking my dad to see if the girls next to us were alright as they were crying when the band walked out on stage. My dad told me that they were crying cause they were so excited and loved the band so much. I remember thinking it was kind of weird. I sometimes think back on that when I see my fans crying at shows or meet and greets.
[Also], to get to warm up for One Direction in stadiums over here was something I NEVER thought would happen. I am a fan of the band and their music and I think "Steal My Girl" is one of the greatest pop songs written in recent years. So to get to play with the band at shows and meet the guys and find out that they actually are as cool and fun as they seem was amazing. My younger self could never even have imagined experiences like that.
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