This year, we started an initiative to capture individuals who are talented beyond belief, purse their dreams at all costs, and inspire our team to continue on the path to success.
We kick off the first part of the blog series highlighting someone who we've worked with on some of our defining "first" moments as a clothing brand. Using his soundtrack "WAV" in our first lookbook video, being a highlighted performer at our first showcase and collection release last June, and now our first published interview for 2019. Izzar Thomas.
Izzar Thomas is everything we believe an artist should be. Originally from Southwest Houston, Izzar Thomas is a creator who produces most of his own beats and has worked alongside notable talent coming from Houston.
His inspirational music adds meaning to daily life and his composed and arranged harmonies, will enlighten your spirit. Overall, we respect his hustle and the person he’s transforming into before our eyes.
Interview with Izzar Thomas
Recently moving to Atlanta to pursue his career, Izzar Thomas is already on his way to significant success. Staying consistent with his art, pushing through intense yet transformative moments, and taking risks to find his footing, this interview captures some unknown facts we discovered about Izzar as an artist and his point of view as he's creating and witnessing his vision unfold.
Where are you originally from?
Houston. Southwest - Fondren.
How would you describe yourself?
I'm an overall artist. I do everything. I don’t limit myself to one genre. Rap, R&B. I can do it all and go outside of my comfort zone to experience different genres.
What do other people say about you and your music?
People always say that a lot of my music makes them feel good.
How many projects / albums have you completed so far?
Four projects have been completed so far. You can find them on all platforms (linked below).
Find all of Izzar Thomas' music on:
Apple Music | Spotify | Tidal | Google Play | Soundcloud
What was your life like before you started making music?
Before I started to take my music seriously, I was working a lot and dancing in high school. Crumping was a big part of my dance career and photography also sparked my interest. I used to have a shirt line called Nicely Outfitted.
What was the defining moment that made want to start creating?
I knew it was something I wanted to do. Right after I graduated high school in 2010, I got more serious about my art. I stopped dancing and started focusing on the music I was already creating. I was already producing and making beats but I started to take it more serious during my senior year in high school. I just loved creating.
What's the energy like when you perform?
I didn’t like performing at all at first. I performed at one of the Kickback Sundays in Houston and the feedback was good. I got a lot of new followers who became fans of my music. People were telling me a lot of good things about my performance so that made me want to keep performing because I liked the feedback.
I remember Russ (@guessur) DM and asked me if I wanted to perform and it was sitting in my inbox, unread, because I was terrified of performing my music in public. After that Kickback Sunday where I first performed, I finally replied to Russ and I’ve been doing more and more shows since.
How does it feel to see your vision come to life?
I never thought I would be getting paid for shows or getting paid to write, create music. And that comes from me doing shows. Networking. Getting to know the people around me.
You recently transitioned from Atlanta to Houston in the midst of dealing with a very personal experience. What has this process of transition felt like for you?
I’m living by myself and working a lot. I’ve been balancing working more hours and making music.
What’s the one thing you do to get better everyday?
I try to create almost every day if possible. Because if you don't you’re not going to progress. It could be anything. I'm always trying to create from scratch and keep myself busy when it comes to music and other things. I brainstorm everyday and about how I want the listener to experience my music and the projects I create.
Which piece of advice would you give to someone else on their path to success? Or what is the most important lesson you've learned along the way?
Just get out of the house. At one point, I stayed inside and just really focused on making music. People wouldn’t hear my stuff if i didn’t get out the house. So once I started to get out the house, I got to know a whole new crowd of people.
So my best advice is to show up for opportunities. Meet new people. Keep meeting new people. Form a network.
Why do you continue to support Set Sail Apparel?
I used to have a shirt line so I support. Y'all have merchandise that's more than just shirts.