We caught up with Israel Chavarin to talk about his music. At Indiy we champion musicians.

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What do you enjoy most about being an independent musician?

I enjoy having the freedom to dictate what, when, and how things happen.

If we were to peek over your shoulder, what does your studio look like? What gear do you typically use?

My home studio is comical at best. I take the ideas once they're hatched out, and then head to my engineer and producers studio, where it gets serious and we start to build things from there.

Do you enjoy recording and production, or do you like performing live and promotion?

I used to hate recording and be all about playing shows.

The recording studio has always meant to me a bunch of waiting around, listening to multiple takes, pretty monotonous.

Ever since 'Portugal. The Man' had that monster hit, it changed my perspective on the importance of recording, so I've changed my perspective and am ok with playing out less, in order to attempt to capture some magic.

How would you want people to describe your latest project in a tweet?

A must listen!!

Do you plan your music releases, or do you just finish a song and release it?

I plan them out. The art work is very important to me since I have always been inspired by great album covers and music posters so thinking things out is a step I can't miss.

What can we expect from you within the next 6 months? Any releases planned? Future gigs?

I'm striving for releasing a new single every 2 to 3 months and ending the year with an EP.

I currently have a single release in mind for March that I'm trying to finalize.

In regards to gigs, I don't want to even think about a show until there's some sort of demand for the band to perform.

Are you planning any videos for your music? Are there any videos we need to know about!?

Not really. It's just a matter of financing. With covid, my financial footing like many others around the world has taken a hit, and certain things will just have to wait. That's the thing about credit, you have to pay it back.

Are there any collaborations, past or future, that you are excited about?

I'm very fortunate and thrilled with the collaborators on the latest release.

I've been a fan of Luke Sweeney for a while.

Vacances and I used to play together in the Frail and it was great to team up again

I have some new collaborators for the next batch of songs confirmed such as Oliva from Breakdown Valentine/Moon Museum and Elder Brycen of the Golden Plates, but to me, Sophia Prise and Tobias Hawkins are the foundational vocalists of the project.

What inspires your creative process?

The exhilaration of overcoming the challenge. Finding those notes when trying to crack the puzzle in building a song is a high that I'm hooked on.

What are your top five favorite albums of all time and why those albums?

To me, top album means from start to finish, no tracks skipped.

These are the top three for sure:
Conditions by The Temper Trap.
I'm Ghost Colors by Cut Copy.
And Antics by Interpol.

Who makes up your existing creative team?
i.e. photographers, video directors, social media managers, paid media specialists, stylists, hair, and makeup…Name someone who you think deserves a special shout-out?

Rex Shelverton is number one with being the producer that gives me a sound.

I strolled into my first day with a $99 Casio keyboard using stock sounds thinking it was ok and he made it sounds like the real instrument.

His knowledge and experience are something that I definitely lean on.

Akeem Rheem, art. The man can paint and has come through with two covers for me.

Bob Bradley with Bradley PR. Look at his website, they should answer any questions.

Daniel Roth, graphics. The fact that he puts up with me and my "can you move the font 1.6 millimeters to the left" without stabbing me in the neck is a pretty good reason for a shout-out. He also designed the band logo.

Where can we find you on social media?

I'm on instagram and you can find me @izzythegent!

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Andrea graduated from Roehampton University and The BRIT School, whose globally recognized alumni include Adele, Katy B, Ella Eyre, FKA Twigs, Jessie J, Leona Lewis, Katie Melua, Kate Nash and the Rizzle Kicks. She takes her love of the arts and entertainment industry to provide useful information to upcoming musicians, helping them navigate the industry and avoid making costly mistakes. She actively mentors our current contributors. Andrea has qualifications in Content Marketing and also manages our collaborative playlists for independent artists

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