After last year's Humo EP, Isabella has been working on perfecting her pop-reggaeton sound to fully transform into the radio-ready pop force she's always been destined to become. Except this time, things will get a little bit darker. "Humo was pre-pubescent princess and my next project is rebellious teenager," she tells us.
With Latin-influenced pop becoming such a widespread trend within recent years, and with the reggaeton industry being so male-dominated, Isabella Lovestory is a fresh and exciting new voice bound to shake things up. Read our conversation with her, and check out the premiere of her new video for "JETAIME," below.
Have you always wanted to be a pop star?
I always wanted to be a super star. When I was little, I wanted to be like Britney. I was so obsessed. I was also obsessed with Avril Lavigne. And then my parents were kind of indie. My dad had a radio station for some time, so they were always listening to new wave type stuff—Duran Duran, New Order, a lot of Garbage, which I was obsessed with, too. But I have loved reggaeton, like forever. I remember being a little girl and dancing in the mirror, feeling myself, so sexy at, like, five. I would sit down and listen to the radio and write down the lyrics of every song. But yeah, the JLo thing, I used to say that I wanted to be an actress, a singer, and have a brand like JLo.
It’s good that your parents were really progressive musically.
Yeah, cause they had me really young. They had me when they were like 20. So they were young and cool in the 90’s, kinda grungy. My mom was always super fabulous and girly, but the punk one from her girly group. With their influence, I came to love indie rock and all that. And 80’s—The Smiths and The Cure. It was kind of a combination of that with reggaeton, which are two completely different worlds. That’s literally what I grew up listening to, and obviously Britney—she was a huge influence.
I was obsessed with all the pop stars. Britney was the first person I stanned. And Lizzie Mcguire.
Lizzie McGuire is iconic. I used to watch that movie on VHS every night. Oh my god, me too. I was obsessed. I was shook when she was Isabella and she was brunette, cause I’m brunette. I was like, I’m gonna be Isabella. I’m gonna be a brunette Lizzie McGuire. It’s so iconic.
She paved the way for you.
Yeah, she really did. And her outfit was so cute. It was green leather. That was such an iconic moment.