"One of a kind Guitarist and Soul Artist" Naia Izumi




Q: How did you get to where you are today? What is the story that got you into music? 

A: Obsessive focus, often causing me to neglect other really important things in my life. I missed out on quite a bit , just focusing on creating and always challenging myself most which was a means of escape from a pretty horrible childhood. The NPR tiny desk contest that I won last year opened a lot of doors

Q: What created the love to perform soul music? 

A: I'm black and I grew up listening to gospel music and hip hop most of my life so the soul music is a part of me, it's just what comes out.

Q: What was your experience like with the Tiny Desk performance? 

A: It was really great! The desk was also a lot bigger than I thought it was.

Q: What is your favorite guitar?

A: My favorite guitar is whatever guitar I have in my hands to be honest , but I do play the Fender Jazz Master a lot, I like the tone.

Q: If you could work with anybody in the industry who would it be and why?

A: I like Jorja Smith's voice she might be cool a do track with.

Q: What is your biggest motivator?

A: The fact that I hear everything in my head, before I create it.

Q: What do you like to do when you are not working on music?

A: Honestly I'm hardly ever not working on music. Although when I am dating someone I like to do random stuff and explore things but I'm single now so literally all I do is to hide and practice all day if I'm not on the road.

Q: What is your favorite part about the music industry?

A: I just like making the music that I like to make.

Q: What was your experience like at the Ted Talk you performed at?

A: TED is definitely a very well-run highly-efficient, highly curated event and is definitely really inspiring to be around a lot of other thinkers.