“Taking Time Out To Chat with Singer and Musician, Isabel Marcheselli“
Introduction: Today, we took a musical time out with Isabel Marcheselli, singer and songwriter and lead singer of the band, Isabel and The Whispers. Hailing from New York, she is currently based in New England.
Q: What got you into music and made you realize that it was your chosen path?
A: I can’t help but think of a quote by the poet, John Ashbery, to answer this question: “I tried each thing, only some were immortal and free.”
Q: Tell us about your new music (Song/EP/Mixtape/Album)? And what’s the story behind it?
A: Well, what has first driven the release of new remixes of “Josefina,” is that I feel like my song still has much to say, even after 15 years (approximately) since it was first released. I also have a collection of other songs, including love songs, that are waiting to see the light of day as new releases.
Q: What makes your music unique? How would you describe it? (genres/sub-genres)
A: I leave that to other people to answer. Many people describe it as pop, ambient, soothing, dreamy, and at times magical.
Q: Who are your biggest music influences? And any particular artist/band you would like to collaborate with in the future?
A: I love the textured songs of Aimee Mann and Elliot Smith.
Q: How long have you been in the music industry?
A: Over 15 years.
Q: Which is the best moment in your musical career that you’re most proud of? (awards, projects or public performances etc.
A: I can’t pinpoint one; there have been so many! Actually, come to think of it, I am very excited about the new arrangements for one of my signature pop songs, “Josefina,” including a jazz arrangement as well as an arrangement for string quartet, both of which I love, plus a surprise up ahead that is classified!
Q: How do you balance your music with other obligations – family, friends or work?
A: Great question! It’s an ongoing endeavor. I just always try to stay focused on my work, and to take breaks as needed for whenever life calls. I try to keep appreciating the simple pleasures of life, too. It helps to have a spiritual life, as well.
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?
A: To stay focused in a world that can get so distracting.
Q: If you had one message to give to your fans, what would it be?
A: You are the reason for which I make music, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for listening and appreciating it – please keep listening cuz the best is up ahead!
Q: What’s next for you? Any upcoming projects?
A: A series of releases are in the queue in production. It’s taking longer than expected, but I think the end result will be better. Also shows are ahead in support of the releases, so follow me on social media for all the latest updates!