Interview With Izzi Dunn
Graham Clark, Features Writer
Izzi Dunn released her second album in September, a mix of cool British soul with a sprinkling of Erykah Badu, Lisa Stansfield and Soul 11 Soul, the album is an engaging listen. I asked Izzi about the album and her Sheffield roots.
YOUR NEW ALBUM, RECYCLE LOVE IS VERY GOOD, YOUR FIRST NEW ALBUM IN 5 YEARS
That's right, it is my first album in five years, the last 5 years have gone by so quickly, it's been a bit of a blur really, then I worked with Damon Alban from Blur also on his album and did the string arrangements for that. It has been a new chapter doing the album.
There is no big record company behind the album, it has been independently released.
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That's a great compliment as I grew up listening to these artists. When I read your review I felt honoured to be mentioned with these artists. I really like British Soul with artists like Soul 11 Soul and 4 Hero. I grew up listening to Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett, soul music from the Uk and America, I am quite open minded, you have to find your own path though.
LOOK UP TO THE SKY IS ONE OF THE BEST TRACKS ON THE ALBUM, IT IS VERY OPTIMISTIC
It is the most optimistic track on the album, the most positive one I think. The others are a bit more downbeat especially with the times we are living in at the moment. I like Leonard Cohen a lot and he has influenced a lot of my writing, he tends to be a little morose.
THE CELLO IS QUITE AN EMOTIONAL INSTRUMENT
I agree it is quite melancholy with a mournful, sad sound. I've played the cello from an early age and got to experiment with it.
YOU WERE BORN IN SHEFFIELD, DO YOU EVER GO BACK THERE?
I was born in Ecclesfield in Sheffield. I haven't been back for a while. I was brought up in a pub but the place now has been turned into a bank the last time I was there. I left when I was 10 years old and have lived in London for such a long time now but I miss Yorkshire and the people.
DO YOU HAVE ANY PLANS TO GO ON TOUR?
That would be great. We will have to see how the album does. It is being released in Europe. The Internet has made it easy for me and I can release my music independently. I would like to get the album released in Japan, America perhaps.
DO YOU LISTEN TO CURRENT MUSIC IN THE CHARTS?
I try not to immerse myself in too much new music, I've switched off a lot from current music. Living in London I am spoilt for gigs to go to. I went to see Erykah Badu in July and she was amazing. I listen to her music, Kate Tempest, a bit of hip hop, a lot of British soul such as Estelle.
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Interview With Izzi Dunn, 3rd October 2017, 19:04 PM