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IsaiahAM

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Coming off the attention-grabbing release of his back-to-back mixtape projects—“The Godzilla Mixtape” and “The Last Godzilla Mixtape" (on Datpiff)—the multi-talented Bronx, NY native, Isaiah AM, launches a new album and other media ventures set to take his talents to the forefront. The singer/songwriter/rapper/pianist spent many years as a respected producer before he began promoting his music via showcases throughout the east coast; including notable venues such as the Lair Lounge in Soho.  His latest endeavor is music entitled, “Never Look Back”, which is slated to be a full album built upon his many life lessons. Says AM, “Get a vision and you never look back. Sometimes growing up and being told not to do certain things with the music, I learned the hard way that the best advice is no advice. You already know what you have to do; it is just looking into yourself and finding the answer. I was always trying to look for the next step from people I looked up to, but ended up having to take my own leap.”  That leap now includes executive producing his latest album and being at the helm of his new enterprise, Esom Infinity Group.

 

As a youth, AM moved around a lot, yet found his earliest musical experiences in the church. His mother, an extraordinarily gifted vocalist herself, performed in the choir and greatly inspired him to hone his own voice. After his father took him to his first piano lesson, AM learned the basics then became self-taught. He found musical influences from an eclectic range of artists, spread across multiple genres from rock to Hip Hop, electronica, R&B, and jazz.  Growing up in the 90’s, in rough neighborhoods without a lot for kids to do but get into trouble, AM sought out an outlet for his creativity, and started drawing. Yet after finding it not a strong enough medium to express himself with, he switched to writing poems, then ultimately raps. He cites that he really learned how to play the keys late nights as he sat up watching music video channels, featuring live performances afterwards. Seeing Stevie Wonder playing one night, AM grabbed his Casio keyboard and mimicked his hand movements, teaching himself effectively to play by ear. Having never learned how to read music, he soon mastered the skill of naturally playing any song.  Between the ages of eleven to fourteen, he saw his talents awaken—particularly his lyricism, stating, “Nas was the stepping off point for me. His storytelling really hit me. How people can make art out of just a beat, and the mind, and writing.” Another pivotal influence came from the legendary Sade, “Her music is a reflection of society—this beautifully flawed monster. The way that she puts together all of her insecurities, fears, wants… and constructs it in such a way, really influenced a lot of my writing growing up. It told me it was okay to just write. To just put it all out there.”

 

After producing and performing mostly in the church setting, AM broke away and started creating his own sound, working to cultivate himself as an all-around artist. He spent his free time mostly among other writers, rappers, and producers in various studios as he developed different production ideas. By his last two years of high school, he knew that afterward he wouldn’t be doing college; a move he says he regrets to this day. “Even now I have to go back and get a degree, but then I felt this is it for me. This is what I want to do with my life, no matter what happens nothing can compare to me in front of the keys, pen to the paper, rapping, freestyling”… so I didn’t do college, just after graduation gradually doing shows.”  This growth and development stage is when he began introducing his producer skills to other talents who sought out working with him. It eventually grew into a frustrating period for him as an artist, however. “I came to a point where I wanted to take my music, what I felt in my heart, and just put it out there. I felt like nobody was really hearing me. They were respecting me only for the production I did, not hearing me for my raps or hooks. I thought ‘why not start brand new?”

At the age of 24, he hit the road, starting out in Pittsburg, where he met with area artists and ended up doing shows throughout the region.  After a period spent sharpening his stage and studio skills, AM moved back to Bronx and found himself without cash or a job, although luckily he’d kept his apartment. He took on a 9-5 job that provided income, but did little to inspire him as a talent. “I didn’t realize what a toll it was taking on me. I was at work sweeping when this woman walked by with her grandson and the boy asked her why I was looking the way I was. She told him ‘He’s just miserable ‘cause he works here. You never have to worry about that, you go to school get an education and you can fulfill your dreams’. When she said that my heart dropped and hit the floor ‘cause here I am, all the talent in the world over here sweeping carpets. Over here dying fast because I’m not being myself.”  With his mind made up, he gave a two-week notice and plotted the entire time on how to get a better job just to fund his own music. Never one to hustle, his one foray into the streets led to an all-out confrontation with real hustlers who knew of his talent. They threatened him to give it up and pursue his dream, so he starting dividing his music with a legit job. However, AM credits the decision to work with teaching him a discipline unlike any he’d seen around him. Working put things into perceptive as he began a disciplined routine that kept up an income while he pursued his vision. “It really teaches you how to take advantage of studio time. I jumped into sessions with every single line memorized, and how I wanted to perform it, because of the lack of time I had. Some nights I’d get off at 10Pm and record as much as I could just to get enough rest to still work the next day.”

 

The payoff came in the fiery delivery found in the resulting mixtape—Godzilla. “I felt like I had this monster inside of me because of all the negativity in my life. All the negativity I felt throughout the years I cultivated in a mixtape with my best work and some of my best ideas.” After going by the stage name ‘Chewdagod’ it was while in the middle of recording the second mixtape—Godzlla2—that he received a vivid epiphany to change his name to Isaiah Abdul Malik (Isaiah AM). He says his change was not based on any religious doctrines, but reflects his own spirituality and the power of what he represents on stage now—the sun. Along with the new name, came a fresh direction leading to his current album, which promises to feature an accompanying documentary as well.  With production contributions from Mike Street and Dwight “OG” Fallins, AM also surrounds himself with an extended musical family he proudly represents including Fishboot, Kingsrow, and Viking Life entertainment groups.  AM and his management are preparing to make some exciting announcements as the projects near their launch dates. Speaking of his forthcoming album, “Never Look Back”, Isaiah AM explains the underpinning message, which is also reflective of his own proven ability to keep his dreams alive. “The concept is simple - You have a goal, you have a vision. You set your eyes on what you wanna do in your life. You don’t make excuses, you just aim for it. You gather all your ammunition and you shoot like it’s the last time you’re ever gonna get a shot off. You never look back, or go back to what you were in the past.”

 

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The Kings Aces Magazine:
First off thank you for taking time out to chat with us over at the kings aces.

IsaiahAM:
Thank you for the opportunity to have this interview with you all. 

The Kings Aces Magazine:
So let the people know your name, what you do and where you're from.

IsaiahAM:
My name is Isaiah AM. I'm a music artist,  writer and producer from New York City. 

The Kings Aces Magazine:
When was it that you first realized you wanted to do this profession? What do you prefer to be defined as a Rapper Or jus a Artist? What you think bout these new age mumble artists?

IsaiahAM:
I started out when I was in highschool 9th grade making beats on the lunchroom table writing raps then going home and trying to transfer my ideas on to my Casio piano.
I prefer the term artist over rapper only because rappers are only stuck in the hip hop / rap category.
I can write anything from rap to rnb to country music if I wanted to my creativity is free.
And you can't really call them "mumble artists" right? I mean at the end of the day artists paint pictures and give the listeners a vision through music that comes to life. Mumble rappers don't do that. 
The game is missing its humanity everything is technical and mechanical people forgot the listener is human above all else they wanna hear real emotion real life situations real hurt, joy , pain and so on. 


The Kings Aces Magazine:
How long have you been doing this?

IsaiahAM:
Can't recall the exact amount of years but its been been a long time grinding working at the craft perfecting the sound.
Im Wise and experienced enough to know the game. Young enough to play it efficiently. 

The Kings Aces Magazine:
Who are your influences?

IsaiahAM:
My son Papo all my friends and family that's depending on me and all the brothers I lost along the way 
those influences have been my driving force for not just continuing my work but making sure I finish at top.
Musically I've been influenced through out my life from alot of different genres of music not just specific artists but from genres... The list may vary I'm a producer at heart so if you were look at my music playlist you would find everything from J Dilla  RIP to Daft Punk to Kenny Loggins, Pat Benatar to Migos , Wiz Khalifa, Jeezy, then switch to some Sade. 

 

The Kings Aces Magazine:
What made you want to get into the business?

IsaiahAM:
I heard Jay-z Reasonable Doubt Album and from that point on I been hooked 
I always knew I would be apart of the music industry even as a child I taught myself how to play piano by ear and by watching Stevie Wonder play piano and following his hand movements.


The Kings Aces Magazine:
What are you thinking about when working on a beat or developing a album?

IsaiahAM:
1st thing is concept
2nd is how I want it to sound sonically
3rd is how many tracks I want on the project.
4th is who I want on the project.


The Kings Aces Magazine:
Tell us what do you think listeners will get out of your music?

IsaiahAM:
I think people will get a sense of artistry I want them to see that I take the music seriously. I want them to get the inspiration that I had when I felt like I had nothing... I still had music. Songs and certain artists I can relate to story. 


The Kings Aces Magazine:
What is the most difficult thing you had to endure in life?

IsaiahAM:
$8,000 in back rent $2.00 in my pocket and I gotta make a choice between ramen noodles and a metro card to the city to try and hustle my music and I had  my son on the way at the time.
Taking old DVDs and video games tryna sell them to get pocket change just to make it through the week. 
Then getting calls from your so called friends that want to go out with you to the club but see you struggling and don't want to help you with your dream.
I thank God for the storm though
The storm makes you appreciate sunshine when it comes out...


The Kings Aces Magazine:
What is the most difficult thing you had to endure in the music industry?

IsaiahAM:
I pray I never have to go through hard times or even if I Have to that God stay by me throughout the struggle the same way he always had in my life. Pray for the best expect the worse. I speak positivity and prosperity into my life everyday so we not gonna speak on the negative.  

 

The Kings Aces Magazine:
How does it feel to  finally getting your break? 

IsaiahAM:
Humbling.... only because I know as fast as I get it, I can lose it just as fast.
I work really hard ... alot of sleepless nights perfecting word play, lyricism, concept, production, story telling, and just making sure I give quality music everytime. I Lost friends, loved ones, and some snakes in the process. 
All of that for my dream to display my God given talent to the world. 


The Kings Aces Magazine:
What do you hope to do with your music?

IsaiahAM:
I learned through the struggle not to speak on future plans. That's ultimately  between you and God and you can't let everyone know so unfortunately I'm not in the liberty to talk about it. 
But I will say this the music industry is going to be revolutionized and I will be apart of that revolution. 
I'm bringing artistry and originality to the industry so be on the look out for my next project "Never Scared To Jump" that will be available soon for free download. 
I'm exploiting all avenues this time so you WILL see me.


The Kings Aces Magazine:
If there was one thing about your career that you would change right now, what would that be?

IsaiahAM:
I think the timeline... if I could really change anything I would go back to the 80s and just make my mark on the world then. I know I'm a old soul and I had to be reincarnated for this purpose but sometimes I feel like I'm so ahead of my time that I came out in the wrong time period.... just being honest. I belong with the Michael Jacksons, Stevie Wonders, Prince, Ronald Isley's, Luther's, that caliber of artist. 
I'm not being cocky or full of myself I'm just being honest ... that's how I honestly feel. 

The Kings Aces Magazine:
When everything is all said and done, what would you like your fans to say about you and what you brought to the table?

IsaiahAM:
Real artistry...real music....I want them to say I touched their soul or may have changed a life or helped them through a hard time in their life.
I want to set the bar really high so when the newer generation of artists come out they got alot to prove. 

The Kings Aces Magazine:
Come back and sit with us well thank you for taking the time to sit with us and we want to wish you much success through out your career. Hopefully you will come some time in the future and we can keep your loyal fans updated on your future endeavors.

IsaiahAM:
Definitely thanks for the interview and all  its appreciated Homie for real 
much success to you as well and you'll definitely hear from me in the future...
Definitely be on the lookout for new music and projects from me "Never Scared To Jump " coming soon .... peace...

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