What do you think has been the biggest influence in becoming happy with who you are?
For me the biggest influence in becoming happy with myself has been my music and surrounding myself with wonderful people who share the same passion for the arts and life in general.
How do you see yourself in the world?
I see myself as a student of life. I love mysteries and figuring out things I don’t understand.
What is your fatal flaw?
Being late. Taking a long time to leave my house. I get a little nervous before I go places. One time I was two hours late while meeting a guy for a date…that was probably the last time I saw him.
Do you think by making honest decisions in your life, you’ve made positive changes in the world? (what has making honest decisions in your life done for the world/your world/ what does it mean to make an honest decision)
Honesty is key and the main honest decision I have made is to do things that I want to do and not be restricted by standards or other people’s perceptions. For me it’s important not to suppress opinions, ideas or emotions that you truly feel. For my world making the decision to be honest in what I want has attracted those positive things in to my life. Being open and honest about who I am has also allowed other people to feel more comfortable around me. To make an honest decision is to listen to the immediate little voice that comes in to your head and to cut out all the exterior voices that tell you what you can and cannot do. It is important to listen to your intuition.
What is the most important thing women do for each other?
Communication. Women communicate on different levels with each other than those of the opposite sex, we almost have our own language. Women tend to influence each other by the way they interact with one another. This is why it’s important to have strong female role models for young girls.
What are the defining traits of a woman?
I think the most defining traits of women are as weavers and healers but also as highly independent people. Women are weavers because they keep ties in families and communities together. Bjork one of my favourite artist’s put it well in her interview with Pitch Fork women are “the glue between many things”. The natural position women take, as nurturer does not define their interdependence as it’s historically been stereotyped to. Women are highly independent because they have the skills to achieve anything they set their mind to depending on no one but themselves. A specific skill I would attribute to women is their skill to multi task they require it and actively use it their whole lives.
What are your defining traits?
I would say my defining traits are I am forgiving, creative and kind.
What do you wish you were more of?
I wish I was a little less impulsive, I guess at least I’m never bored.
How would you describe your perspective of the world?
I think the world is a continuous equilibrium! Where one thing ends another begins. When there’s too much of something floating around there’s another thing to revolt it. The world is trying to balance it’s self out constantly. So our generation has a lot of decisions to make for the future with the knowledge that’s been given to us by our past.
What’s the worst thing the media has done for you?
I don’t think the media has bothered me or influenced me in anyway currently but I think coming of age in high school, it gave me a false perception of how the world actually works. In some ways the media doesn’t allow us to have authentic experiences and promotes superficial and consumerist pursuits.
What’s the best thing the media has done for you?
As an artist social media has been a pretty convenient platform for getting our music out there and advertising shows. It’s also allowed me to connect with other artist’s and venues easily.
If you could change something in your past what would it be? Why? How do you think it would change things now?
I always wanted to pursue opera and even go to school for classical voice, now I wish I had spent more time dedicated to that, but I guess it’s never to late!
Advice you would have given yourself in the past:
Some advice I would have given myself in the past would be to forgive but not forget and be more careful about where I focused my energy.
Advice you think you will need in the future:
Just keep swimming.
Advice you would give yourself now:
Get out of bed and do your work.
What are, in your opinion, the most important things to life? How have you achieved or are trying to achieve these things?
Having a large number of people show up at your funeral, who came uninvited. To me the most important thing in life is not only to experience everything you’ve set out to experience but also to affect others lives in the most positive way possible.
Do you feel like you know what you’re doing/that you have a path?
I hope so! I like not knowing what to expect but for right now getting my degree in music and psychology is the focus. It feels a bit like a slow process being in school but I’m trying to enjoy the present.
Have you always known what you wanted to do?
I’ve always known I wanted to do something in music, I wasn’t always sure of what my career path would look like but now that graduation time is coming closer, I think I definitely want to pursue music therapy.
Whats been the most challenging obstacle to over come?
My father was a rock star, my mother was a mime
What inspires you/ Where do you find inspiration?
I love going to shows where I don’t know any of the bands because I’m judging purely the music without any knowledge of there “brand”. Those places often inspire me. It’s really embarrassing, I’ll go to shows where I don’t know the artist and tell them they did a great job and give them a hug or something when they get off stage, then I find out later there really renowned and I FEEL REDICOULAS.
What do you see for the future? How would you like to be a part of it?
I think there’s going to be a large spiritual anti technology/ anti consumerist/ anti media movement in the future, where people move towards more traditional ways of living and back towards spirituality. We can’t keep passively accessing technologies that grow faster then we can even fathom their complexity. I’m not saying technology; the media or large corporations are the devil but before we dive quickly in to a completely modern age there are going to be large groups of people who are not down to be led in this direction; that is moving as quickly as the technologies we are developing. I would like to be part of a movement guided only by spirituality and telepathy connection between human beings. We’re so much more complex then we realize and we’re also all connected.
What is your greatest personal achievement?
I think just surviving adolescence!
Would you consider yourself successful or inspiring?
I hope that one day I am able to call myself that.
Who would you like to see celebrated?
I would like to see older women and men celebrated. I find in other cultures they are celebrated more than in western society. We tened to celebrate youth extensively but aging is also beautiful. We can’t forget the wisdom they have to offer us and the lessons we can learn from there past to be able to better our futures.
What does your work mean for you? What does it embody?
My music embodies my spirit and my state. It also embodies the experience of collaboration with specific people. That’s why being in a band is fantastic because you get a mixture but with a common motive. In my band Blue Hands the common motive has varied from my previous bands or even my own solo stuff. I can’t describe the objective of Blue Hands in any other way than just “getting weird”. Our music can be angry or dreamy at times and I think it comes from a place of displacement and suppressed feelings all thrown in to a bowl with hallucinogenic drugs and turned in to a little electronic punk robot.
To hear Isabella’s music check out BlueHands on our Local Listening playlist. They’re full album is also available on their soundcloud page.