Welsh artist Greta Isaac is working on a project that explores habits and destructive human tendencies. She’s following up ‘Comfortable’ with new single ‘Tied’. We spoke to Greta about her music.
I’ve always been passionate about the human condition and behavioural ideas.
First up, tell us bit about yourself, what first got you into music?
I’ve been surrounded my music and songwriting ever since I can remember. My parents are both musicians and we have a studio at home so there was always musicians coming in and out of the house. Being creative and musical collaboration was always encouraged in our house. I’ll forever be grateful for that solid foundation.
Were there any particular bands or artists you took inspiration from to form your musical and thematic style?
Itely - I love Randy Newman and Chris Thile’s writing of singing from the perspective of sarcastic or disturbed characters. It allows you to embody different ideas and concepts. In my case I’ve picked out social and human issues that I find damaging a to create this neurotic characters.
How would you describe your style?
I’d say it’s a fusion of acoustic percussive instruments and choppy electronic samples.
Your current project is an exploration into habits and destructive human tendencd did you choose this topic?
I’ve always been passionate about the human condition and behavioural ideas. I feel like it’s a never ending discussion which is why creativel it’s an ideal concept to explore. I’d like to think that by displaying these tendencies people can see how they reflect on their character. It’s certainly helped me evaluate how I behave and see others.
How are you finding the project?
It’s really fun!
You played at Festival No.6 this summer. How was that?
It was rainy like you wouldn’t believe, but I really enjoyed it. Portmeirion is beautiful - I’d recommend going there any time of year.
Tell us about your new single ‘Tied’. What’s it about?
‘Tied’ is essentially what the whole project is about; being bound to a toxic person or a feeling or an idea and being okay with it. You’re aware that it’s damaging you and breaking you down, but you’re happy sitting and watching it all fall apart. Why that is, is up to the listener.
When did you write the single and where did you record it?
I wrote and recorded it in my friends bedroom in London.
How does ‘Tied’ build on your previous tunes, particularly ‘Comfortable’ which came before it?
I think sonically it’s pretty similar, still staying in line with the percussive instruments and vocal samples. I love that ironically ‘Comfortable’ sounds really ridged and hard to listen to, and ‘Tied’ is really anthemic and joyful despite it being about something quite sinister.
What are your hopes for ‘Tied’?
That it makes people realise they need to cut that tie between them and the thing that’s damaging them and their well being.
When and where can we expect to see you on tour next?
Next year! I’m playing a full band headline show in Cardiff on the 6th of December until then.
If you could collaborate with any living artist, who would it be?
David Lynch or Charlie Brooker.
Finally, if you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice, when would it be and what would you say?
I would tell my 5 year old self to strap in tight and get ready cause things are about to get crazy!
Listen to ‘Tied’ on SoundCloud below. For news and tour dates follow Greta Isaac on Facebook.