Age is but a number for Isaac Dunbar, who’s already out here breaking on to the music scene in a major way. The 15-year-old budding star hasn’t even been to prom yet, but three singles into his career, his thoughtfulness and wisdom shine both in his music and in conversation. He’s already proving that he’s well-positioned to take a shot at the pop throne in the coming years, and he’s not even creating music full-time, yet.
Right now, he’s in the middle of his high school career, complete with all of its struggles – just listen to “freshman year” – but he’s already got his sights set on touring, modeling, and even starting his own fashion brand. This ambitious teen is ready to become a creative powerhouse, and if his newest release “mime” is any indication, he’s going to be hard to stop once the wheels really get rolling.
Check out the video for Dunbar’s single and our Q&A below the jump:
EB: What was your inspiration for writing “mime?” It seems like a retrospective on a really bad breakup from an emotionally manipulative person.
ID: The inspiration behind “mime” was derived from a relationship that my best friend’s sister was in during the summer of 2018. It was a very nasty and toxic relationship where everyone could see all of the symptoms of this guy being absolutely terrible, so I wrote this song as an empowering gift to her.
EB: Are love songs are easier to write in the heat of the moment?
ID: Never. Not for me, at least. I am a very observant person, and I try to put myself in the shoes of everyone in a situation. When in the heat of the moment, most people act very impulsive and never capture the full picture of a situation because there are so many emotions in the way! So I usually like to wait months after something happens to really tell the story in a perfect and alternative way.
EB: In each of your music videos you seem to be a natural with an engaging on-camera personality. Have you always felt comfortable in front of a camera, or did it take getting used to?
ID: Actually until about eighth or ninth grade, I HATED having photographs taken of me – never mind filming music videos for possibly billions of people to see! Growing up, I was always on the heavier side so I faced a lot of insecurities within myself, but I finally got over them and I got used to being myself in front of the camera. One of my favorite aspects of being able to do what I do is actually filming videos and having photo shoots! I never would’ve thought that three years ago.
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EB: In terms of your growth as a songwriter and singer, how has being in high school changed your perspective on relationships, self-confidence and your own personal goals?
ID: Being in high school has showed me that people are constantly changing. Always. It showed me that people may feel a certain way for a minute and believe that’s how they’ll feel for the rest of their lives – but then the next day they’ll feel a completely different way. That can connect to my songwriting because it helps me feel the complexity of situations, and how emotions are so fluid.
For example, if I went through a situation where someone talked bad about me, I could write a song about how angry and bitter I might be at the person. But then, the next day I might write a song about how I feel remorse for them because they might have stuff going on at home. It’s crazy how situational songs can have two sides to them, if you think hard enough.
EB: If you weren’t pursuing music as a profession, what do you think you’d be doing for a career?
ID: I would probably be either a chef or a stylist. I still want to go to F.I.T. and study Business in Fashion and Fashion Design so I can create an independent clothing brand while also doing music.
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