I recently had the opportunity to exclusively interview Isaac Parker to learn five random facts about himself and what is the inspiration behind your Christmas song “ Be With You”. Check out my interview with Isaac below:
Loryn: How has the pandemic changed you?
Isaac: The pandemic has definitely made me into a much more flexible planner. Before COVID I would plan for the minimum margin of error possible and plan out everything precisely so it would run smoothly. However, after the pandemic, everything is so variable and fluid that plans can change in an instant due to someone contracting the virus and needing to be quarantined or supply chain issues make getting materials impossible in time. I also have learned to be much more creative, once I was restricted to only internet content not live performances, growing my brand became much more difficult so it forced me to come up with creative release strategies in order to still build hype for a release and maintain interest after the song has been released without performing it live for audiences.
Loryn: Who is a musician you’d love to collaborate with in the future?
Isaac: There is a long list of musicians I admire and would love to collaborate with, so long that I could never possibly fit it in an email. But if I could choose any artist I would pick Miranda Lambert. I've always admired her as an artist and her ability to adapt and be such an incredibly versatile artist. Few artists have the ability to make me cry in one song, party in another, and then want to go slash some tires right after. I also love her voice and would adore singing harmony to it.
Loryn: What was the inspiration behind your Christmas song “ Be With You”?
Isaac: I have never been in love, and it seems that every non religious Christmas song is a love song so I wanted to create a Christmas song focused more on platonic relationships. I'm only 23 years old and I recognize that there is so much I don't know yet, but regardless of your age there will always be things you don't know!. None of us have any idea what could happen in the next year, I think the pandemic is proof of that! There are limitless possibilities of both good and bad things that can happen in the next year to each of us, and trying to control that will just make you stressed out because truthfully in the end life will have bad parts and things will go wrong. But if next year you can surround yourself with people who make you happy when you are around them, then you will be happy! I don't personally feel very close with the family I was born into, but I've been able to find my own new family to surround myself with, and that's what inspired this song, especially the line "who knew life could be so much more with a home". Overall the message of the song is to appreciate the people who make you happy this holiday season, celebrate with them, and keep them around to have another good year!
Loryn: What lesson has the music industry taught you?
Isaac: The music industry is a ruthless place, but it's taught me more self confidence than anything else possibly could have. The music market is full of talented musicians, songwriters, and singers all competing with each other for attention. In other industries (usually) higher quality products are given more attention and vice versa, but in the music industry, it's not like that at all. There are incredibly talented artists and musicians who never have more than 100 people hear them, and there are famous performers with millions of followers that produce less musically talented songs. This has helped me learn to not equate my own self value with the opinions of others, which is the most important lesson anyone can learn. There are so many genres and subgenres in music and so much variety that listeners will find what speaks to them, and your music is not going to speak to everyone. It doesn't mean it isn't good or that you are not talented, it just means you have to work harder to get your music in front of the people who will appreciate it, and I believe that same principle applies to life, which is why it is a big theme in a lot of my songs (Be With You, Kick It, Dejavu, Monster, Blooming). Find people who love you for who you are, love them for who they are, and everything will be okay in the end. But even more importantly, regardless of what anyone else says or how many followers you have, you have value.
Loryn: What is something people would be surprised to learn about you?
Isaac: I think I have a lot of surprising qualities, but most people would probably be surprised to learn that I played left tackle for my high school football team and I graduated with a Masters degree in Information Systems Management and currently subsidize my music income by working as a software developer!
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