Today we’d like to introduce you to Izzy Garcia.
So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I started as strictly a singer around the age of two, in fact, my whole family is musicians, so I’ve been surrounded by music my whole life. I did a lot of musical theatre growing up and for years, it’s what other people thought I wanted to do with my life, but I always knew I wanted to write my own songs and release them for people. I’ve always loved to perform and entertain people for as long as I’ve been alive. I wrote my first song when I was ten, but I would’ve never guessed that almost a decade later, I’d be in LA making those dreams come true.
I currently attend the Los Angeles College of Music (LACM) in Pasadena, CA and I’m majoring in Songwriting. I started as a Vocal Performance major but realized that my passion isn’t only singing, but also creating. Since starting this major, I’ve learned to love producing my own music and taking on the more technical side.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Are you really a creative person if it’s a completely smooth road? I’ve struggled with several challenges not only throughout my life but especially this past year. From people being jealous and turning others against me due to their own insecurities, to me questioning if I’m even good enough for this. I’ve struggled a lot with depression, anxiety, and OCD. They constantly make me question my self-worth, but I’m learning to cope with them instead of letting those emotions bring me down.
I still struggle, I am not a perfect person and I’m not always the most approachable person, even though I try to be. The best advice I’ve ever been given is that unfortunately, not everyone is your friend, not everyone is going to support you, but that has nothing to do with your self-worth because, at the end of the day, the only opinion that matters is your own. I’m so lucky so have a few close friends who love me for me and want to see me succeed.
Can you give our readers some background on your music?
I write and produce my own songs all on my own. I don’t really have a genre that I particularly stick to because I can appreciate and love all music. My favorite kinds of music to make are R&B/Soul and Hip-hop/Rap, but I also love to make Indie Pop and dance music too! Something a lot of people may not know is that I love to incorporate rap into my songs, I definitely have a few songs where I rap out of nowhere and people’s reactions are always like “whaaattttt?!”.
I don’t show how hard I truly work on my music and how seriously I take it on social media because I get into the zone when I’m making music and recording, but what makes me proud is hearing feedback (good and bad!) from my mom and dad and friends who are all musicians and can recognize my hard work starting to pay off.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
Although I haven’t had any amazing moments in my career (yet!), there have been a few moments where I was so proud of myself. In the summer of 2019, one of my dearest friends/favorite person to co-write with, Will Grey, helped me release my first single “24 Hours (feat. Will Grey & Sam Trenton)”. That song took us a good two to three months to record and perfect. I released in on September 23, 2019 (on my mom’s birthday), and to hear the amazing feedback and support from people I didn’t even think cared reminded me of why I do this: I want to make people happy. I’ve definitely grown as a songwriter and artist since then, but it’s still a moment I will forever cherish!
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