Get to know Isabel Wood, a Sunshine Coast artist who’s just dropped her sublime new single ‘Sunburn’.
But don’t fear… this sunburn isn’t painful whatsoever. It’s a gorgeous, summery indie-pop single that’s produced by Xavier Dunn (who’s previously collaborated with the likes of Jake River, KLP, Graace and CXLOE).
But who’s the woman behind the sweet voice? And what of the single itself?
Read all about it in our latest pop feature.
01. Name : Hi my name’s Isabel Wood but my friends call me Izzy.
02. Where are you based? I’ve moved around a lot in the past five years, but it’s nice to be back where it all started for me on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.
03. How did you get your start in music? Although I played a lot of instruments growing up, my actual start in music probably came when I moved to the Gold Coast to study music full-time at the Queensland Conservatorium. That degree really opened the door to pursuing music as a career and I haven’t looked back since!
04. Give us five words to best describe you as an artist. Honest, determined, raw, soft, surprising.
05. Tell us a little bit about your sound and how it developed. I’ve always known in my head exactly what I wanted my sound to be (smooth emotional pop) but ‘Sunburn’ is the first song of mine that has matched that perfectly and I’m so excited for the direction my music is taking at the moment.
06. What’s your earliest musical memory? I remember being about five and watching my dad play his grand piano and being amazed at how fast his fingers were moving. The sound was so loud and consuming. I thought it was magic.
07. Who have been your musical influences? I grew up with Wendy Matthews and Paul Kelly on loop around the house so I would definitely say that although my music doesn’t sound much like either of them, they have always been huge influences of mine. Paul Kelly’s songwriting and Wendy Matthews’ voice are goals.
08. What are your favourite songs of all time? Whoa that’s a tough one. I guess my three favourite songs ever would have to be ‘Everything I Own’ by Bread, ‘Funeral’ by Phoebe Bridgers and John Mayer’s ‘Slow Dancing In A Burning Room’.
09. Where’s your favourite place to listen to music? There’s a really pretty lake near where I live. When I go for walks and listen to music while looking at the water it just makes everything sound even better.
10. Who are your go-to artists when you’re feeling : Happy? Sad? Introspective? Exhausted? Well considering I’m usually a pretty happy person it’s kind of odd, but my favourite type of music to listen to are sad songs. Bright Eyes are my go-to band when I’m feeling exhausted or introspective.
11. What was the first album you ever bought? Jesse McCartney – ‘Beautiful Soul’. What. A. Banger.
12. Give us a little fun fact about yourself that people might not know. In grade two, my class had a bring-your-pet-to-school day and I didn’t have a cat or a dog or a cute pet like everyone else…. so I brought in my worm farm. WORM FARM. Not really a fun fact but I just love how weird I was as a child.
13. What would your chosen career be if music wasn’t an option? Oh geez I don’t know, I’m not good at very many things. I love cooking so maybe a chef at a vegan restaurant. Surely if they’re vegan they’d be super chill and wouldn’t yell at me too much right?
14. What’s the best advice you’ve been given in your career? I had a teacher tell me in school not to let my fear of rejection get in the way of my dreams. I’m finally taking that advice and it’s about time.
15. What’s been the highlight of your musical journey so far? I think one of my highlights so far was working with Xavier Dunn. He produced ‘Sunburn’ and basically transformed it from a simple acoustic demo into a bop.
16. What’s been the strangest experience you’ve had in the business? A couple of weeks ago I posted a cover of ‘The Fuck Song’ from Chris Lilley’s show ‘Lunatics’ and he reposted it and now he knows who I am. Strangest by far.
17. If you could trade places with any artist in the world right now, who would it be? Lennon Stella — she is absolutely killing it right now.
18. Tell us about your latest release. I wrote ‘Sunburn’ last year after I got super sunburnt on an island. It got me thinking about how similar sunburn is to heartbreak in a weird sort of way. You don’t see it coming and it hurts really bad at the time, but it fades quickly and once you’ve forgotten how much it stings, you do it all over again.
The vibe of the song is very much chilled pop and hopefully everyone will love it as much as I do.
19. What do your future plans involve? Releasing more music and playing lots of shows. And I would love to have some merch sometime in the near future.
20. Where can our audience catch you live? On September 08 I’m playing a show full of new music at Venue 114 on the Sunshine Coast. And you can also catch me at Caloundra Music Festival on October 04 and 05!
FACEBOOK : www.facebook.com/IsabelWoodMusic
INSTAGRAM : www.instagram.com/IsabelWoodMusic
SOUNDCLOUD : www.soundcloud.com/IsabelWoodMusic
YOUTUBE : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZk3SvM9lx6FdPJ3QzrC1DQ