Today we’d like to introduce you to Isaiah Galvan.
So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Growing up, I’ve always had music in my head in some way. Whether it was humming to a song or creating my own melody. I didn’t think of this as talent, I thought of it as a way to express myself. Singing was way too natural to think of it as being “different”. My family knew it too. Especially my dad. I think my singing came from my dad’s side, for sure. I have lots of relatives from Mexico who have amazing voices. But I think it was just that I had to realize I could sing.
Getting older helped me to realize this and I actually knew what I was capable of. It would be little things I would start to notice. Little things like having a lot of control over my voice. I also noticed how big my vocal range got at a certain point. As soon as I noticed that, I knew singing was what I wanted to do forever. By age nine, I was taking singing lessons and learned how to use my voice correctly. I did this all the way up until 6th grade. I stopped for a while to take a break. But that’s when I met Mr. and Mrs. Bayang of “Bayang Art & Music Collective” in 7th grade. They were the music and art teacher at my middle school. They were the ones that encouraged me to go further with my talent by performing. They had me perform at my school’s showcase and once I did that, I realized this was something I wanted to pursue for my future. It felt amazing! The Bayang’s then opened up their studio and I continued to perform at their open mic nights. I also continued taking singing lessons with Mr. Bayang!
After doing this for a while, he then taught me Music Production as well. I learned a lot about Music Production and I wanted to learn even more. When the Pandemic hit, I had to stop taking lessons from him. With all I learned about Music Production, I was able to start writing my own music. I didn’t have much equipment to work with in the beginning but I was able to get a summer job dog-sitting and with the money I made, I was able to purchase more advanced equipment and turned a part of my room into my own studio! Because of quarantine, I was able to finish my first song in two weeks. I had to do research on how to put out a song without a Record Label. After doing the research, I put out my first single, “See U” on major streaming platforms.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I have always struggled with anxiety. My parents told me it started when I was a toddler. I remember as a young child, my love of music was something that helped ease my anxiety. In 7th grade, I had a really bad anxiety attack and I fell down a rabbit hole of fear and anxiousness. I completely stopped singing at home or anywhere else. I was not able to see the joy in singing anymore. Going to school didn’t feel the same. Anxiety was always there with me. My family helped me to get out of this rabbit hole of fear. But music is what helped the most on getting me back on my feet. I still have anxiety but now I can control it better.
Can you give our readers some background on your music?
I sing, perform, write, and produce music all on my own! It is difficult at times, but my creativity always gives me a song to write. I’m only just beginning, but I can’t wait to see where my future takes me. I hope one day to make music for everyone to enjoy. I also hope to put out a complete album in the near future!
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
Family is extremely important to me, so to have their support means the world to me! We are super close and I am thankful for that. They enjoy my music and give me lots of feedback. And obviously, Mr. and Mrs. Bayang have a huge impact on my music because they helped me get my voice heard!
Trina Galvan, Mariah Galvan