Hi Seb, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Pretty Damn Decent (PDD ™)
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “It Feels Good”?
“It Feels Good” is a song I wrote during my last years of college. It was a time in my life that was mostly spent going out, drinking, doing drugs and just wasting time on short term fixes for fun instead of sitting down and really focusing on music. There were more nights than I could count where I would just be standing in a sea of people at some college bar and wondering why I was there and what I was doing with my life. That’s essentially what the song is about. Catching yourself in the middle of those short term fixes. I know everyone has those moments. Whether it’s wasting your time with something crazy like drugs or simply binge watching a show on Netflix, we all catch ourselves losing track of working towards what matters.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
Not really any specific event. It was more of a combination of many similar events involving me choosing short term fun over making music that built up to the creation of this song.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Yes! I just shot a music video with a wonderful director, Sean Stanton. I’ve had an idea for a music video for this song ever since I wrote it in 2015, and now it’s finally coming to life. Can’t wait to show you all.
How was the recording and writing process?
For this song specifically everything came together rather quickly. Most songs I end up sitting with for a while but this one just poured out of me and was the first song I remember actually feeling like it was finished and there was no more
What role does NYC play in your music?
Living in NYC gives me that drive to “do.” I’m from New Jersey and like most kids after college I lived with my parents. Though there’s nothing wrong with that, I just couldn’t do it. I relate my parents home with “rest,” and it really had an effect on my work ethic. I put off work all the time and was just moving really slow with making music. But now that I’m in the city I’ve been playing many more shows and can proudly say that my EP is finally almost ready to show the world. Definitely not the best move financially for a 23 year old musician, but I’m hoping it’ll pay off soon.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Absolutely! I have an EP of 5 songs including “It Feels Good” about ready to release. Just finishing up some of the mixing. The second I release that EP I’m getting back in the studio and starting my next project.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
No solid release date yet, but some time late January early February sounds about right to me. This EP will be called “First Impressions.”
What other temptations are you exploring on this new record?
I’ve been very into being truthful with what I write lately. When I started writing songs I wrote them as really vague love stories. I figured it would be more relatable, essentially selling my life experiences short. Once I really wrote about my truth and the feelings I’ve had in life towards people and moments I began to see a change in my music. There was a spark there and it became even more relatable to the people I showed it to.
Any plans to hit the road?
Nothing in the works yet. I’m definitely trying to take a trip to Philadelphia and Boston with my band for a couple of shows. I’m also looking forward to playing a lot of shows this summer.
What else is happening next in Seb Isaac’s world?
More music and more shows. Stay tuned!