We had the good fortune of connecting with Isaiah Brown and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Isaiah, how do you think about risk?
Without risk, there’s no reward. Everything good in life comes with risk, and accomplishing your goals/dreams wouldn’t be possible without a leap of faith. I moved to LA right after I graduated high school in the small town of Ashland, OR, and had one goal in my mind: to prove to myself and the ones I love that my purpose is music. Being raised relatively conventional (or as conventional as can be isolated in the mountains) brought the necessity of stability in life. As we all know, the music industry is arguably the hardest to create a fully stable life off of. However, I’ve found that risking that stability for the betterment of my craft has proven more rewarding than I could’ve imagined. From just a little hometown barely seen on the map, I’ve managed to work hard and manifest enough that God (the universe/higher power/whatever you want to call it) provided me with the tools I needed to grow and develop my art. Without the risk of pursuing these dreams, I never would have come so far. Risk is crucial for success, and although there’s so much more to accomplish, the affirmation that my dreams are within reach makes that risk so much easier to digest.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
You may agree, you may not, but I fear music today is the least true to people that it has ever been. With the influence of social media, we are trained to show the best parts of our lives, and many fall into the trap thinking that is how those people are really feelings/living. This has directly come into music, where much of what people are writing about has to do with their success comparative to others, and how “amazing” their life is. This is where I feel I separate myself from many artists today. Instead of creating music all about how amazing my life is, I focus on the parts that are perfectly imperfect. I make music people can truly relate to, and feel empowered by listening. For example, one of my singles “Want Me to Be” is entirely about being your truest self no matter how you’re perceived. The ones for us in the beginning that are still present are the most important individuals to have in your life, but everybody else can be held at a certain distance. That’s not to say we shouldn’t treat every single person with kindness and love, but not conforming to how you believe you want people to perceive you. Those that gravitate to you when you are undeniably being your true self are the right people to have around. There could be a million reasons why someone is your friend, but if it isn’t for the right ones then its best to protect your heart and not conform to those individual’s wants or needs. I’m a firm believer, like my father and mother before me, that our purpose is to serve God and others. We can have a positive impact on everybody without changing who we are. Life is too short to carry around multiple masks. Be yourself, be emotional, be true to your beliefs, and love unconditionally. That is the message I carry through my music, with the stories I tell about my life that is far from perfect. At the end of the day, who can honestly say their life is perfect? My point is to affirm that it’s okay, and all that matters when we’re on our deathbed is that we used the energy in all of us to have a positive impact on the universe and the people around us.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Let’s assume this is pre/post Covid-19, I would take my friends all around the city. There are so many great places to visit in Los Angeles, and it all depends on what the vibe is! For food, Iroha Sushi or Nobu are my go to locations for introducing people to the elusive food industry here. I’d follow up by maybe going to Mama Shelter, or for something more casual, Baja Beach Bar on Hollywood Blvd. We could even adventure to Highlight Room or Warwick for a good time in the nightlife, but at this point in my life I prefer nice quiet spots to really connect and hang with the people I love. As I said before, it all depends on the vibe! If it was their first time here, I’d take them to the Santa Monica Pier & rent bikes to ride down the shore to Venice. Another notable location would be the Wisdome LA, my favorite art exhibit in the city. I’ve lived here for almost 4 years, and there are still so many places I want to visit, so this list will be ever-changing as my experience is. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There are so many people that have positively impacted my life and given me opportunities to thrive. Firstly, my manager Ayex brought me out of my apartment and job to move in with him and focus solely on honing in on my music. I went from recording in my bedroom to creating a catalogue of 50+ records at the world famous NRG Studios thanks to him. I wouldn’t have nearly the amount of confidence in my abilities or artistry without his help & belief in me. Secondly, I want to shoutout my family, primarily my parents and my uncle Gil. I’ve always had such a strong support system and since the moment I knew I wanted to pursue this dream, my family had my back 100%. I feel so blessed to have their encouragement, and it strengthens me when I find myself is spouts of self-doubt. My uncle Gil was the first person in my life to teach me guitar & the structure of songwriting. He inspired me to learn as much as I can about the music because it’s a beautiful, universal language to express and share. He helped me build a very solid foundation to work off of, and blossom into the artist I am today. I could feel his passion for music so strongly that it became infectious, and soon after I felt that same drive to pursue that dream. Last but definitely not least, I MUST give a shoutout to my fans and of course, God. There are people in my life that have cheered me on and watched me grow since the early days of my career. I still have supporters that discovered me years ago and have pushed me through my journey to success. Without their belief and excitement for my music, I wouldn’t be nearly compelled enough to share my emotion with the world. That brings me to Faith, which is supplied to me directly from God. Even when I feel alone in this world, I know He’s always there for me. For me, the privilege to pray and ask God for help or guidance when I need it most has kept me sane and positive about life/what I’m doing with mine. I hope to glorify God through my impact on others, and spread a message through Him of love, kindness, and unity amongst all of His children. Despite your religious beliefs, the fact our universe works like perfect clockwork is attributed to the energy moving throughout the cycle of life. This energy fuels the world around us, and I would be so lost without it. I have to thank that energy (God to me) for keeping my head above water and moving me towards what I want out of this short life we’re blessed to live.
Other: Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7vKhc6hNiiTFBaW96I27wy Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/isaiahbrownmusic TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@isaiahbrownmusic?lang=en
@milo.lopez (all snake photos) @emer.rose (viewpoint photo) @deadrabbitmedia (white backdrop photos) I took the photos of me performing/playing guitar myself.