Montreal native Isaac Basal’s debut dance-pop single NO OTHER GIRL celebrates that oh-so-wild thing called first love. The up-tempo beat mixed with angst-burdened lyrics is resonating with teens across the United States and Basal’s native Canada. If YouTube foretells the future, Basal’s will continue to shine brightly. Already the NO OTHER GIRL video has logged almost a quarter million views.
The Levity Ball sat down with Isaac to go over some of his music and chat about his upcoming holiday plans….
How did you become interested in becoming a musician, and how old were you when you started?
I started playing instruments when I was about 8 years old but I only started singing about a year and a half ago. I started singing at 14 years old and my first performance was at my brothers birthday party when Karl Wolf performed his hit single Africa. I actually performed with him on stage.
Explain your music and the type of audience that you reach?
I sing pop music and the audience that I reach are between the ages of like 10 to 20 years old, although I see everyone enjoying my songs! I sing ballads as well, but it really depends on the feel of the song.
Who are your biggest influences?
I listen to a wide range of music from legends such as Michael Jackson to the Beatles to today’s artist such as Drake and Rihanna. I get inspired more when I hear sounds in the production room creating my own music, and feel the vibe. I have to say Karl Wolf has also been a great influence.
Which other artist have you enjoyed working with the most so far?
The only other artist that has ever been featured in one of my English tracks is muGz. Super nice guy, fun to work with and gets the job done properly and fast! I have also worked with French artists from Quebec since we needed a French version for my single No Other Girl, Pamela Lajo i.e. she featured in No Other Girl and that version is actually playing on French radio stations across Quebec.
What are your goals in the industry and where do you see yourself in a year from now?
The goal is to create more great music, to be able to get the fans to love what I sing and to be able to perform for people at all age. Also to make sure that what I compose or my producers compose is liked by my fans and in every song that I sing people enjoy the lyrics melody and production. A year is just around the corner. Hoping to perform with various artists, hoping to release more songs and most of all hoping to reach fans that will like my music. Its hard work but I am always advancing, pushing my limits and so eventually I will get up there with hard work. Doing what I love, I need to be confident and have lots of support. My goal is to show everyone what my capabilities are and to show everyone my music that i hope they will enjoy. I see myself working with other artists as well.
How do you define pop music these days, and where do you feel you fit into that definition?
I think pop music generally reaches the ages between 10-20 or even younger and at this day my parents still listen and love pop. Pop definitely has a different vibe than every other genre of music. It’s one of those things that just make you want to sing along, at least for me. I think this is what I need to do, to get people to sing along to my songs! Deep down I like all music.
How has Canada influenced your sound?
Since I listen to all kinds of music, I love to hear what different radio stations are playing. Canada is very versatile to man y sounds and very welcoming to different styles of music. I get more inspired and influenced from my inner fill and on the spire of the moment, hoping one day Canada and the rest of the world will welcome my sound.
What tips would you give young artists coming up, or what do you wish someone would have told you when you first started out in the music industry?
It’s to always stay confident and BELIEVE in yourself. Young or old it makes no difference keep doing what you love for the love of it. Most important, because if you don’t believe in yourself than what’s the point of trying? Always push yourself and think positive. Don’t think that anything is bad; think that it’s just different and that you got your own vibe.
Any big holiday plans?
Well, my family and I often go to Florida and my parents always hit us on a last minute surprise, I think this year Vermont will be our getaway. In previous years we would always go to Mexico or Punta Cana. This year, I think were just gonna chill back and relax maybe go up north with the family.
Any last words for our Levity Ball readers?
Hope you guys have an amazing holiday! Take care of yourselves, spend time with your family and don’t forget to listen to my music!! If you’re not a fan yet tune in and become one!!!