A Quick Chat to Isaac Cavallaro
Isaac Cavallaro is an electronic producer/drummer. Originally hailing from ye ol’ Brisbane, he is currently sailing the Caribbean seas playing jazz drums for a living. Isaac and I had a quick chat regarding his up and coming plans ahead of his return to Brisbane next month for his first Australian show since Red Deer Music and Arts Festival last year.
Kim: Hey Isaac, thanks for Skyping me at 5am your time. Where about are you at the moment?
Isaac: You’re very welcome. It’s great to see you and hear the Australian accent. I’m currently hiding in the training room on board my cruise ship, the Allure of the Seas. It’s too loud everywhere else, even at 5am.
Kim: So your exact co-ordinates are not entirely known?
Isaac: Well, I was in Jamaica yesterday climbing the Dunns River Falls but I am currently at sea heading to Mexico.
Kim: You’ve been drumming on a cruise ship for almost six months, what an awesome experience! How’s it been?
Isaac: It’s truly life changing. Besides the opportunity to perform every night on the drums, DJ at various weddings and events, travel and meet new people from all over the world, I get to have a break from the day to day mundane routines for a relatively normal middle class western young adult. I appreciate that I don’t have to do the little things, like paying rent/bills, dealing with traffic and even doing the dishes.
Kim: I’m curious, is being a drummer and a producer a good mix? Do the skills involved compliment each other?
Isaac: Absolutely, they both feel very intuitive to me. I have found sequencing, mixing and composing really influence my dynamics and creative choices on the drums. I am yet to use my live drumming on any of my solo tracks but plan to add them to my live set when I start to tour more actively.
Having this much time away from mundane distractions gives you the opportunity to really inspect what drives you and what you don’t have time for..
Kim: So, your plan was to produce music in your spare time onboard the ship?
Isaac: Yeah, but I’ve found myself spending more time editing, arranging and mixing rather than creating new tracks. I’m just going with the flow and since I’m waking up in different places all over the world and meeting new people, I’m more concerned with soaking up that experience and writing new music when I get home and have some quality me time.
Kim: Has the cruise ship experience changed your style of music in anyway?
Isaac: It has given me a real sense of clarity. Having this much time away from mundane distractions gives you the opportunity to really inspect what drives you and what you don’t have time for – whether it’s relationships or bass drum sounds, I’ve found myself gaining a stronger sense of direction. To put it simply, my music seems more coherent and purposeful to me and hopefully that translates.
Kim: Did you manage to find some incredible inspiration amongst the drumming, travel and leisurely activities?
Isaac: Inspiration yes, incredible yes! Climbing water falls, parasailing, jet ski-ing, quad biking, sunshine beaches, margaritas, ice skating, to name a few. I’ve also learnt a lot from the other performers on the ship, particularly ones working in the music industry around the world. Be it business related or regarding general well being and how to balance your life on the road, I feel really fortunate to be able to cross paths with such hard working and dedicated artists who are happy to hang and share their experiences with me.
Kim: Sounds like you’ve literally been living the dream! But when do you have to come back to reality/Brisbane?
Isaac: I still wake up and pinch myself but am looking forward to coming home soon on May 29th. I do love what I’m doing at the moment but like everything, there comes a time when you need change and I’m ready to go back and see my friends and family … before I head to Paris for the winter to live there for a while.
I feel really fortunate to be able to cross paths with such hard working and dedicated artists who are happy to hang and share their experiences with me.
Kim: So what’s major plans while you’re in Brisbane?
Isaac: I can’t wait to produce new music when I’m home and hopefully capture what I’ve been experiencing these last 6 months. I’m performing my first gig back since Red Deer and I’ve also got a new single coming out soon too which I’m excited to share with the public.
Kim: Your last singles Stolen Moments and My Darling both received Triple J airplay. How do you think your new single will be received?
Isaac: More of the same. I’d love for it to receive more airtime on Triple J and am still grateful for their support with my two first singles as an independent artist.
Kim: Awesome! Well I’m excited to finally hear your new music and their Caribbean influence. See you when you return and enjoy your last month!
Isaac: Thanks Kim, see you at The Zoo!
You can catch Isaac Cavallaro performing alongside Simon Simon at their EP launch, with Kieran T. Stevenson and First Beige on June 10th at The Zoo Brisbane. Tickets are available online and at the door.
Photo Credit: Natascha Sen