I am Hip Hop Meet Isaiah Dreads. Boasting an impressive array of tastemaker platforms that support him, the young West Country rapper has fed in to the shifting culture of the UK underground scene that are now breaking the rules and doing things their way. Isaiah took his career in to his own hands from a very early age as he pitched himself to the organisers of Glastonbury on the basis he was a local talent. The punt and the hard work paid off as he was awarded a slot on the world-famous festival at the age of just 15 and now three years later, in 2016, he makes a welcomed return to the Blues stage. We catch up with him to find out more!
You talk about yourself being a “teen with a vision”, so Isaiah what is your vision?
When I say I”m a teen with a vision Im talking about how I know exactly what I want to do with my life and that’s music. I want build my fanbase and improve the way I write…my vision is making timeless music.
Your from the country and not an urban area such as London city, how is this reflected in this music?
Coming from the country and not a city has definitely reflected in the way I write. Day to day is different where I live, it’s quiet and there’s not much going on..there’s a lot of things I can’t relate with when it comes to music written by someone from the city but it’s cool anyway. It gives me the chance to talk about things not many others have talked about and give more people a chance to relate.
If you could choose the Prime Minister who would you place in that position?
You have got lyrics about inspiring people to love themselves for who they are, why do you think self-worth is so important?
I think accepting who you are is important because in this era social media expects so much perfection from everyone and it’s not just how people look…it’s how many likes someone gets. It’s like everyone wants to spend their life trying to be someone else without being who they really are. That’s why I talked about the topic on the second part of my Fire in the Booth, I think it’s an important thing for people to realise.
If you could say one thing to your fans, what would it be?
Look out for everything I’ve got coming out over the next year. I’ve been working on a load of new music, grime and hip hop and I think it’s some of my best work yet so i’m really excited for everyone to hear it.
What was your experience in school and how has that shaped your musical progression?
I never really enjoyed school but I think it was just because I was so focused on music. I put so much time into writing/production after school and on weekends that when it came to being in class I would just want to be in the studio again. I think this definitely helped though because I think currently my writing is better than it ever has been.
Sum yourself up in 3 words that best describe you?
Dedicated, Creative, Tall
What was it like going on “Fire in the booth” and what have you learnt from that experience?
Doing a Fire in the Booth was sick because it’s something I’ve wanted to do since I was young, I felt like I was so prepared to go in there and do what I needed to do because I’d wanted to do it for so long. I did it over 6 months ago now and watching back it’s really good picking up on things I could maybe change the next time I do a freestyle. Lyric wise and flow wise
Your clearly an ambitious individual, where do you envision yourself in 5 years?
I don’t know exactly where I think I’ll be in 5 years but I’d just like to have improved. I aim to do gigs outside of England wherever that may be and have a lot of new music available for people to listen to. It’ll be exciting to see what happens over the next 5 years though.
If you weren’t a rapper, what other jobs do you think you would do well at?
If I didn’t make music I’d probably want to be a chef or something. I can’t cook at all but I like food so I think that’s a good start.
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