Today we’d like to introduce you to Izzy Outerspace.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Izzy. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I’ve played instruments and sang on and off. Growing up in Switzerland, I felt limited by what I saw around me. People seemed to lead ‘bulletproof’ lives, aka go to college, have a steady job and get married. I couldn’t relate. I moved to England when I was 21 to go to college. I essentially went there and got a science degree because I didn’t believe I could be an artist.
While in college, I fell in love with an American. After I left college, we got married and I moved to the States. I immediately dived into filmmaking, acting…that’s how I eventually landed in LA. But after pursuing it for about two years, I felt it wasn’t for me. The whole time, I learned songs and played music. It’s weird how I was completely oblivious to how much music had played such a huge part in my life, but I didn’t really see it. It was like the elephant in the room.
It was only when I turned 30, I realized that I’d really regret not having actually learned the guitar, and so I started practicing ten minutes a day. I bought a looper, which was such a fun musical exploration for me. The ten minutes quickly turned into hours. Suddenly, I started writing my first songs, then had the opportunity to join the band ‘Warm Nights’. We recorded an album, gigged around in LA. After a year of that, I decided to do my own thing as ‘Izzy Outerspace’ and recorded my first EP last July. It just came out on September 17th. It’s called ‘Amazon’.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I think the biggest struggles were just internal. Coming from a European country that is conservative and ‘security-oriented’, I just never thought I could be an artist, although that’s always been something that’s been a deep calling for me. I knew that early on because I lost myself in acting, singing, drawing and making things. School was a constant uphill battle for me. I was a kid that was very unsure of herself, and so I tried to fit in. I’ve learned that the further I veer off my authentic path, the harder life gets. So I look up to anyone that stays true to themselves and is connected to their calling. I think it can be difficult sometimes, as societal messages can be really strong.
Can you give our readers some background on your music?
Well, I’m just at the start of my musical career. I would like to keep creating songs and experiment with my electric guitar. I think in general, I’m constantly trying to figure out how I can add more value to anyone that connects with me and that connects to my music. I think ‘Amazon’ is just a personal record about heartbreak and loss – in a dreamy, romantic sorta way. I feel like it was a lot of purging emotions for me. Maybe someone can relate.
I feel like I’ve had the opportunity to try a lot of different things, do stupid things, and take risks. I’d like to take more leaps into the unknown and see what’s there.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I don’t know if I believe in luck per se. I think the more authentic you are, the more honest you can be with yourself. The easier life gets. Of course, a lot of things are trial and error, but I think success in life is less about luck but more about consistency and authenticity. I do consider myself lucky, though, for the amazing people I’ve met in my life. Somehow always in the right place, at the right time.
- Website: izzyouterspace.bandcamp.com
- Phone: +12137165602
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/izzyouterspace/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/izzyouterspace/
- Other: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Haa_K4GZXT0
First image and album cover: John Von Palmer @vonpamerphotography; Other images: Emmanuelle Troy and Abbie Saether