Today, on Guitaa Artist Centerstage, From Leeds, England, we have a talented singer-songwriter and guitarist with us whose songs are captivating to listen to, and his name is “Issac Grinsdale“. From the use of musical elements to placing them in the right chronology of the song’s, Isaac is a magician in music field and has shown exactly that in his latest song “Play Dead”.
We are lucky to have spoken to the artist who was frank enough to answer our questions about his music journey. So, Let’s get to know about this amazing artist, about his challenges as a musician, and many more.
- Introduce yourself to our audience, what genre of music do you consider your work to be?
My name is Isaac Grinsdale. My music is a blend of acoustic-based alternative rock inspired by artists such as Jimmy Eat World, Radiohead, and Minus The Bear.
I was really inspired by the Ethos of the band Refused: that as musicians we should be playing at the edge of our ability, and pushing the boundaries of our music at all times.
It’s always something that has stuck with me and influences the way I play and write music.
- What and who were your early passions and influences, What inspires you to make music?
When I was younger I was influenced a lot by heavier music. Bands such as Refused, NOFX, and Propagandhi were major influences on my chord patterns and progressions. But also with the ‘pop’ element of artists like Dashboard Confessional.
I started playing the guitar when I was 13, Learning how to play simple songs by Oasis. Since then I haven’t been able to put it down.
- Tell us about that one memorable performance and favorite venue which you still wish to happen again?
The most memorable live performance I have is of supporting Minus The Bear at Joseph’s well in Leeds. It’s a relatively small dingy venue (I love the play in dives) and it was completely packed. I was second in support and therefore playing to 300 people which was just amazing. Everyone there seemed to ‘get’ to my music because it was in a similar genre which just made it even more incredible.
- Any funny Story of a fuck up during your performance where you handled that situation like nothing happened.
Snapping a string on the first song of one of my gigs was a major fuck up, but I managed to pull it off by simply singing the first song acapella whilst restringing the broken string on my guitar. At the end of that song, I got the biggest applause of my career.
- If you could collaborate with any musicians dead/alive, who would you collaborate with and why?
I’d love to collaborate with ‘Fat Mike’ from NOFX on a punk side-project playing guitar and singing harmonies. I love his constant play on words in his lyrics, and I think that even though they’ve done over albums now, every song has a great melody.
- Any Tips to keep the balance between professional and music life?
Just enjoy what you do. It will benefit you and the people around you.
- What has been your biggest challenge as a Musician? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
Sticking at it when I felt a little bit jaded, gigging up and down the country, has been the biggest challenge of my musical career. Some gigs are fantastic and they inspire you to keep on going, whilst others you may play to a handful of people who really don’t care much for your music. Keeping the positive memories at the forefront, and accepting some gigs won’t be that great is the way that I overcome this.
- What Tools and techniques you use to improve your singing/instrumental playing?
I always restring my guitar before a gig so that they sound the best they can. I also find warming up your voice beforehand, starting softly, and then building up into the higher register can help you pull off a great vocal performance live.
- What type of Gadgets and instruments do you use while practicing?
I use a loop station to layer up potential riffs and extra parts for recording is my go-to ‘gadget’.
- Would you like to share a testimonial for Guitaa? If Yes, Why do you love Guitaa?
I love this website because it gives a great platform for under-the-radar artists and bands to give them initial exposure to help them with their careers.
- What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?
Firstly I’d say if you really love performing then practice, practice, practice. Get good at your instrument, then play as much as you can in front of a crowd, however small, such as at local acoustic nights. Make sure you get yourself out there are for live performances as well as promoting yourself on social media. Both have their place and both can be really effective.
So, this was “Isaac Grinsdale”. Want to know how you can follow him online? Then, check out the link below: