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Isaacs, David - 2002 The Timebomb interview

INTERVIEW: Isaacs, David (Mar 2002)
Timebomb Part II

In The Spotlight - Interview with David Isaacs.
Written by: Andrew Ellis (Mar, 26, 2002)

Mar 2002: 2002 promises great things from a lot of independent artists and bands in the LA area. Male-female duo Wilshire are set to enter the studio anytime soon to record new material. Alternative pop-rockers Melodine look set to record a new album this year and award-winning solo artist Cindy Alexander is expected to do the same. But one of the most anticipated albums of 2002 -for this writer in particular -is the sophomore effort from hugely talented singer-songwriter David Isaacs.

Isaacs's 2000 album 'Timebomb' was a tremendously accomplished and slick pop-rock album that drew praise from most that heard it for the quality of its songwriting, production and delivery. Tunes like the truly superb ballad 'Come Back Home', the pop-orientated 'Goodbye to You', the rocking 'Marigold' and the heartfelt 'All We Are' set a real standard for independent musicians to aspire to and Dave was only too pleased with the reaction to his debut album.

'Critically the record got such an amazing response,' he says, during a break from studio work with collaborator Robbie Patton. 'And in terms of sales we did pretty well thanks to the Internet and the gigs we did. I've actually got a new publisher who is starting to place those songs for TV and Movies as I'm more interested in shopping my new songs to a label instead of those.'

The effort to make another album began in mid 2000, when Isaacs visited England and co-wrote a number of songs with Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac fame. Those songs may, or may not make the album but the LA native says that the new material will sound sonically different to 'Timebomb'.

'I think you'll hear a definite departure from 'Timebomb' on the new record,' he affirms. 'As much as I loved it, that record sounded very what I would call 'produced and hyped' -kinda over-the-top if you know what I mean.'

'The new one will have a less produced kind of feeling and I'll be trying a few different sounds out. I've been really into the new Pete Yorn record recently ['Musicforthemorningafter'] and it will sound more like his record than my last one in the sense that it will have a more stripped down kinda vibe.'

Lyrically, the as yet untitled record will also take a different track to Isaacs' debut disc. 'I'm not limiting myself at all, except to say that the songs will be a lot more intimate, and on a more personal level.

He adds: ' 'Timebomb' had a lot of relationship related stuff on it, and the new one will cover more topics. I was going through a lot of relationship stuff when I wrote that first record, so this one will be different!'

The quality of the songs on 'Timebomb' means that the new material has a tough act to follow. Although he has an abundance of stuff to choose
from this time around, Dave says the new songs he has been writing have a lot of promise and a number are already guaranteed to appear on the final tracklist.

'Yeah, there will be some tunes that will definitely make the album. One of those is a song I have a real close connection with called 'Long Drive Home', which is acoustic, atmospheric and very personal. 'Life Underground' is also gonna be on there -we've been playing that one live and it's gone over really well. It's uptempo, it's rocking and it calls back to a 70's pop sound. People at the shows really seem to like it, so that's cool.'

Whilst all this hard work is happening, fans can expect to find studio outakes, early demos and even one or two finished songs on his website, [] before the album is released in the summer. Although an earlier release date was anticipated, Dave believes it will be a case of better late than never when the album sees the light of day.

Dave elaborates: 'To be honest I was expecting to have the album finished and done a lot earlier than this, but I want to make sure I come up with something I'm really proud of. I was hoping everything would be done by April, but things have been going slow as I've been working on a few other projects.'

He continues: 'Blue Sky' is another one, it's ['Timebomb' producer] Chris Horvath's favourite so he can't wait to produce that one, plus we have in mind another song called 'Carbon Copy' that he loves too. There's probably about four or five certainties at this point, but once we get really working on these new tracks things can change.'

'I've written so many songs, and we're in the early stages of recording them and flushing them out in the studio, so as we get the first few finished it'll dictate ultimately how things progress with the rest of them.'

Joining Dave in the studio will be familiar faces and partnerships from Timebomb. These include first-rate players like Matt Laug as well as trusted producer Chris Horvath, and although Dave was heavily involved in the production of that album, he predicts he will take on a lot more responsibility this time around.

'I'll be doing a lot of the production myself as Chris is really busy right now.' he says. 'Chris is definitely gonna be involved but I don't know to what extent yet. I'll also be working with the likes of Robbie Patton and my friend Scott Crago [of the Eagles] will also be doing some producing.'

These side-projects include his involvement with session singing stellar work on educational albums for children as well offers to sing and write tunes for TV shows. Such endeavours paid off when CBS commissioned the delicate 'Maybe Love' and the mid-paced 'My Direction' that Dave composed, to be included in their TV series 'This Life' in October 2001.

Now these commitments have been fulfilled, Dave can concentrate fully on delivering the album he wants to make, with the creative freedom to avoid making the album he thinks record label execs demand.

'I'm not sure where I'm gonna go in terms of labels just yet, but I just want to write a great album and see what happens. I'm not trying to write the classic hit song, I'm trying to write stuff that feels great to me -I think that's what people like about my music, they see that it's honest and they relate to it. It hits home.'

He adds: 'With the prominence of people like Pete Yorn, Ryan Adams and John Mayer in the USA right now, it seems to me like the singer songwriter is making a return. Admittedly, it's easier to go out and get a big record deal if you're five 17 year old guys, but if you try to do that, you're not making music you wanna make.'

'I can't win that race, so I'm making music that's honest and that I think is cool. There'll be people out there who like it and people who don't. That's the way it is. 'Timebomb' was a great place for me to start my solo career but I'm looking forward now, and now I've figured out what I want to achieve, I have a much better sense of what I'm going for.'

Such a philosophy is commendable, and if David Isaacs can repeat the quality evident on 'Timebomb', the new album means there's one more reason to look forward to summer.

David Isaacs Website

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