Meet ISSERMANN

Luis Issermann is a creative artist through and through. He is someone who pushes himself constantly to achieve more as an artist.  Raised by the inspirational creativity he found in London, Issermann is always ready to experiment with music.  

His debut track is emotional, honest and dynamic – ultimately embracing all facets of who Isserman is. This is Throated

What was it about London that made you move there?

I came to London to study music. I was lucky enough to be accepted into a great program at a school called VocalTech, which I think doesn’t exist anymore. The program was a great opportunity but, at the time, my mum and I couldn’t afford it. It was a private and very expensive school so I had to get a grant from somewhere in order to come here. I found only one place that could help me and I put my heart and soul into my application. I’m so happy it worked out, my life could have easily been so different. 

Do you have a bigger appreciation of music since you worked in those music industry jobs like a booking agent?

Being a booking agent was a great experience and I did learn a lot. It was one of many jobs I did in the creative industry. I always was very active, getting into different projects, exploring interesting opportunities. I think deep down, I always knew that I could only be an artist. It was always my true calling but it took me time to trust myself and commit to it, as well as have enough confidence in myself. I had a very convoluted journey and found my way back to the beginning. What is important is to always try, always do things as best as you can and learn from your experience.

What made you want to stop being in a metal band?

Metal is a very wide genre and I think we were just approaching it from slightly different angles. I came into metal through Nu-Metal mostly. I was listening to a lot of Korn, Linkin Park, Deftones and Slipknot but I quickly moved to more rocky stuff like Queen of the Stone Age and Radiohead. I absolutely loved the intensity of metal, the primal energy of the performance was fantastic as a singer. I also started to long for those more intimate moments, I loved the fragility and vulnerability of voices like Thom Yorke. I wanted both.

How excited are you for the February 8th launch party show?

“Excited” would be a wild understatement. I am so incredibly lucky with the people helping me put this event on. Héloïse Perignon, Douglas Green and Nathan Long have created the most amazing set design for the event. I guarantee everyone is going to lose their mind. This is why I didn’t want to play in a classical music venue, I wanted to craft a special moment, something unique, making use of all the talents I have around me. I also can’t wait to play with Geiste and Dame Civile who I am such a big fan of.

Do you want to create emotional music going forward?

It’s pretty much the only way I know how to do it. I let my emotions guide me when I write. I never only write things that sound good, I need an emotional truth to build on. In every subject or moments I explore in my songs, I try to find intimacy, violence, vulnerability and humour. I’m never just one emotion, I don’t think that’s how life works. Exploring those complex and personal moments truthfully is very cathartic and liberating. I always feel incredibly lucky that  anything could happen and I will always have an opportunity to make something out of it. No emotions could ever truly be wasted, be just a dead end.

By FM