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“I like to use a lot of metaphors for heavy topics” – an Interview with Izzy Savides

18-year-old Izzy Savides is bringing their unique style of music to all streaming services with the release of their debut EP, “Potato World,” available on Spotify, Apple Music and more today. Two of the five tracks have previously been released as singles, “Prison in the Suburbs” and “Autumn in Atlantis,” the later of which came with a music video. Savides uses their multi-instrumental skills to create and interesting blend of alternative, R&B, pop, and grunge.

We caught up with Izzy a few weeks ago as they prepared for the release of “Potato World”.

Hi Izzy! How’s everything going right now?
Hello! It’s going great! I’m super busy with my classes at Berklee but I love it because I get to spend 24 hours a day learning about music.

What classic album cover art is your current mood?
Fetch the Bolt Cutters by Fiona Apple

Your debut EP “Potato World” will be out later in the fall. When and where did you write and record it?
I wrote POTATO WORLD in the studio I interned at last year. The whole EP took me about six months, but most of that time was spent working on the title track; the rest I made during the summer of 2022.

Lead single “Prison In The Suburbs” was released last week. It sounds like the story of an unhappy childhood – is it autobiographical?
It is completely autobiographical and probably the most literal song I have. I like to use a lot of metaphors for heavy topics but this one is on the nose haha.

If you could only listen to one record, what would it be?
If I had to choose one, I would say Juno Deluxe by Remi Wolf, but a suuuper close second is The Art of Forgetting by Caroline Rose.

As a new artist, do you feel any pressure to have a song go viral to help get your music out to more people?
There is definitely a little voice telling me to make a “viral” song, but I know that it’s impossible to predict what’s going to go viral, so I’m just taking my chances and hoping it happens. I also have a little fear of one song going viral and nobody listening to my other songs haha!

When did you realize that you wanted to be a musician?
I was born a musician; my mom said that when I was a baby I would make beats on my language toys, so I can’t really remember a time before I was a musician

As you can play a myriad of different instruments, which one is your favorite to pick up and mess with?
Bass and drums are my main two instruments. Bass is my true love and the most sustainable and versatile to me, but I love beating the shit out of a drum kit. (Can I swear?)

Who are the artists that have influenced you most? 
I would say Fiona Apple, Radiohead, P-Funk, Amy Winehouse, Remi Wolf, Billie Eilish, System of a Down, Caroline Rose, Mamalarky and Orion Sun have had a really big impact on me, but the list is honestly so long I could go on forever.

What would go on your signature pizza and what would it be called?
I don’t care what the people say, I like pineapple on pizza and my pizza would have pineapples. My favorite pizza would have extra sauce, but light on the cheese. I would put cajun seasoning on the crust and for toppings, I would put pineapples, red onions, feta, and mahi mahi. It will be called Izza Pizza.

What do you have planned for 2024?
I have no clue but maybe I’ll start a pizza business for real for real.

Keep up with Izzy’s budding pizza venture and hopefully future shows in 2024 via their Instagram and TikTok. Also stream “Potato World” on Spotify and Apple Music.

Feature Image Credit – Kelsey Hart

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