There would be a way to introduce Isaac Gracie that could make these early days of his music career sound golden: the 23-year-old London-raised singer-songwriter who sent the music industry into a fever with his debut track ‘Last Words’ — a song so finely-wrought, so tenderly poetic, as to mark him out as Britain’s brightest young thing.
The hotly tipped songwriter released recent EP ‘The Death of You & I’ back in September and it’s positive reviews got anticipation soaring for a debut album. On Saturday, Gracie plays The Portland, which sold out weeks ago. Ahead of the show we caught up with Isaac whilst he was in Paris.
Where in the world are you and what’s the view?
I’m currently in Paris about to play a show, and staring at my drummer picking at some cous-cous…
Your debut Cambridge show is coming up, how are you feeling about it?
I’m really excited! It’s sold out and I know the vibe will be good. I have spent some time in Cambridge before and it’s so beautiful. Very much looking forward to it!
You released ‘The Death of You and I’ in September, how did you find its reception?
The reaction seemed really positive which was great! I was pretty stoked to see people were willing and excited to hear me try different things musically, and I think it’s paved the way for more exploration down the line.
Tell us about recent single, ‘Terrified’
Terrified is a song that means a lot to me and domes up a certain time in my life that I won’t easily forget. It’s nice to have put some more elements around the original demo to flesh out the sound and make it into the song I always envisaged it being.
We understand you’re working on your debut album, how is that progressing? Any idea on when it’ll be released?
Well… the album is finally done! And will be coming out some time in the Spring (more on that soon!), I’m so excited to put it out as it’s been a passion project for so long now!
How much of an indicator was ‘The Death of You and I’ to what the album will be like?
It’s pretty close I guess.
Do you ever write a song with an eye on how it will sound/be received live?
I didn’t use to, now I’m a little more conscious. I don’t think it’s great to have that in mind all the time, but it’s hard not to in a way.
What is your creative process like?
I mostly write at night, and try to intersperse writing with watching a movie or reading a book or whatever to find and carry my inspiration. I usually drink a bit too, to get the juices flowing..
What kind of things inspire you to write?
Art, books, film, documentaries. I try to just keep a constant drip of one of the those at all times I guess.
Hypothetically you’re going to DJ a disco for us, what is your go-to dance floor filler?
Gucci gang – lil pump…