Releasing two mixtapes last year and blasting into 2016 with a red hot Fire In The Booth session, it's fair to say that Dorset-via-Kent-via-London rapper and producer Isaiah Dreads is wasting no time in establishing himself. We chatted to him about his countryside roots, early influences and forthcoming plans...
For those who don't already know, please introduce yourself!
My name's Isaiah Dreads. I’m 18 and from Dorset, a rapper/producer making grime and hip hop music.
Your Twitter seems to be blowing up with praise and collaboration offers, your mixtapes are getting all the right attention and you're still a teenager; how are you handling the pressure (if any)?
I never seem to feel any pressure whilst doing what I do. If people are enjoying what I’m doing then I should just carry on having fun and hopefully it continues. As long as I feel myself improving in some area of music then I'll be happy.
There are a lot of influences in your music that just blend so well, were you quite nervous about how your music would be received? Or were you confident from the get-go?
I grew up on so many different styles of music and to this I day I listen to all genres, I think that’s why I like to include so many different things into my music. I’m never really worried about what people think. I do make music for people to enjoy but at the same time as long as I’m having fun thats all that matters. The reason I’ve always loved making music is because I find it fun. If 9 people hated my music but 1 person really loved it I’d put all my effort into making it for that person. I’m going to do this regardless.
You're billed from Dorset, London and Kent. How has each of these places helped contribute to your sound?
I think growing up in Dorset allowed me to see a side of things differently. I grew up watching Channel U which was mostly London grime, I loved it and still do but when it came to writing lyrics I couldn't rap about the same things they were rapping about because I wasn't around that. I think it’s given me some benefits though to tell things from my side. As for Kent and London, being anywhere new inspires me to just write and record so they've definitely helped especially because I record my music in Kent.
How was 2015 for you, you seemed to put out quite a lot of material?
I feel like 2015 has been a great year for me although its flown by. I’ve written and recorded so many things, I performed loads and put out 2 mixtapes, so I’m really happy with that. Everyone seems to be enjoying my music too, so I love that.
Where would you be if you never went forward with your music? Or did you always feel like music was your calling?
I’ve thought about this before. I honestly don't know what I would have done if I didn't do music. My brother first took me to a studio when I was 9 years old, I was writing a couple of years before that as well. I’ve just always wanted this so bad, I never really put an amazing amount of effort into school either because this is all I wanted to do but I also loved drama when I was young so I might have tried to go down that route more seriously if I didn't do music.
Describe a day in the life of Isaiah Dreads (in 140 characters)
I wake up in the morning, check my phone and then get ready. I write and record, see my friends and play basketball from time to time. (135 characters!)
What's your next step(s)?
My next step is just to keep doing what I already do and try and progress in my music and as a person. I want to listen to new music and be inspired by new places. I’m feeling positive about everything coming so hopefully it all goes well.
Finally, any words for your fellow youth of today?
My only words for the youth of today would be to chase your dreams and do what ever you need to do to get where you want to be.