Isabelle Stern Interview
Isabelle Stern Interview – Live & Love Music
Isabelle discusses major TV appearances, touring, Youtube success and the Canadian music industry…
Hi Isabelle, first of all, how did you get into music?
I got into music when I was very young. I was always participating in local singing competitions and school talent shows. At 14 years old, I really started getting serious about it. I auditioned for a Canadian reality television show called The Next Star. I was chosen to be part of the top 6 of Canada.
We actually first heard about you on Youtube after seeing your Jax Jones cover! You receive so many hits on your videos – how has a platform such as Youtube helped with your music career?
I think that YouTube is a great platform to gain a momentum and attract new viewers. After posting the cover of Jax Jones “You Don’t Know Me,” I also realized that it is great to connect with other artists. I’ve had many DJs contact me asking to work on some originals or if they could make a remix of my cover. One DJ in particular made a remix to my cover and it has over 150 thousand views already in just a week! YouTube is also really great for getting feedback. Any type of critism is always welcomed, because it means that I can work hard and improve as an artist.
Wow that’s impressive! As you mentioned, you were a top 6 finalist on The Next Star. For those of us in the UK who don’t know much about it, please tell us a bit more about that.
I was a top 6 finalist on The Next Star on YTV. It is a talent competition that auditions thousands of hopefuls in every province of Canada with the intention of choosing a top 6. My audition was held in Montreal, Canada. I was selected to be part of the top 16 and I was flown over to Toronto. I was then selected to be a Top 6 finalist. I sang and performed multiple tasks during the show, such as co-writing a single, singing solo, duets, group song selections, receiving a makeover, and filming a music video. Throughout the show I was lucky enough to work and meet with a lot of popular Canadian artists who were there to support and mentor us. At the end of the show, there was a LIVE season finale at Canada’s Wonderland. The overall experience was so much fun, it was definitely a learning experience and most importantly to me, it was eye-opening since I really got a taste of what it would be like to be a part of the music industry.
What other achievements have you made in your music career so far?
Other achievements so far besides The Next Star, is that I was also a part of a season of The Next Star: SuperGroup spin-off reality TV show. Instead of having a Top 6, the show was about girl groups vs. boy groups. I also won a first place cash prize of 1000$ on a French talent competition TV show called “L’Echelle du Talent.” I was then called back to compete against other first place winners of the season and won first place again. I also won a local singing competition and got to open up for Marc Dupre (Celine Dion’s cousin). I have also opened up for Canadian singer Danny Fernandes at Club Soda in Montreal.
How would you describe the Canadian music industry?
I think the Canadian music industry has been doing very well recently, since we have seen a lot of talent break out of the country and become very successful internationally! It is refreshing to see. The Canadian industry is very supportive of its own artists and is made up of a lot of talented entrepreneurs, producers, singers, and songwriters. It is definitely something that I would like to see myself being a part of. I would also love being a part of the American industry since I am an American-born Canadian singer-songwriter.
Who influences you?
At the moment, Bebe Rexha, Ellie Goulding, Era Istrafi and Sia are my favorite singers who influence me. Growing up however, I loved Christina Aguilera and Alicia Keys and they influenced me a lot with the way that I sang.
Which shows have been your favourite to perform at?
So far, my favorite show to perform at was at Canada’s Wonderland. There were about 4000 people in the audience and it was being filmed LIVE. I also had a really great time performing at Club Soda. Both of these venues had a really great audience, stage and lighting! It was a lot of fun!
Is there anywhere in the world you would love to perform next?
My dream would be able to perform someday at festivals like ULTRA or Summertime Ball. There are so many more to mention, but there is just something about outdoor music festivals that seems like a lot of fun. There are so many places in the world that I would love to visit and perform at someday. The UK, LA, Miami… the list can go on!
We hope the UK makes it onto your tour list soon! So how do you feel when you are performing on stage?
When I am performing on stage is when I feel my happiest. I feel comfortable and a sense of belonging. I love feeling like the words that I sing can make people feel something and can be relatable!
If you could create a supergroup of famous singers or musicians, dead or alive, who would you put together?
If I could create a super group of famous singers or musicians, I would put together Michael Jackson, Beyonce, The Weeknd and Lady Gaga.
How would you describe your fans?
I would describe my fans as supportive and loyal. Over the past six years, I haven’t always been the most consistent when it comes to putting out original music and there have been times when I wasn’t always completely focused on music because of school. However, when I would come around putting out covers or music, they were still right there by my side, watching, and supporting! They are the ones that help me continue believing in my dreams and to never give up! They are the reason why I could continue doing what I love to do, because it is all for them.
What’s coming up for you this year?
This year, I have a few original songs that I worked on in collaboration with a DJ from Montreal. I also plan to continue writing songs of my own to be able to send those off to some record labels, in hopes to get a record deal. I also plan on continuing to post covers like the “You Don’t Know Me” after seeing the positive reaction it got!
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