While working on putting together #STUDYGRIND Vol. 3, I stumbled across an artist I had not yet heard about, and I was intrigued by his music. Isaac Valenzuela, otherwise known by his stage name “i.V.” was born in Tuscon, Arizona and currently resides in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He produces a wide variety of music, but most of it is extremely chill with hip hop influences and a very unique vibe. I was able to get into contact with him and ask several questions to get some more background information, and was extremely impressed with what I found out.
Where are you from?
“I’m from Tucson, Arizona but grew up in Rockville, Maryland.”
How old are you?
Are you in college, and if so, where?
“I stopped going to school 2 years ago.”
When did you start producing music?
“I have always been making “songs” here and there since I was 11, but I started producing when I was 14.”
Who are some of your influences?
“Kanye West, Linkin Park, Daft Punk, Timbaland, Pharrell.”
Who are the top three producers or artists you’d like to collaborate with in the future?
“Kanye West, Pharrell, Daft Punk.”
Any fun facts about your music that people should know?
“Sometimes I dream song melodies. I feel like some of my best songs I’ve worked on were [from] dreams. I actually dreamt of the “This Is An Emergency” horn/lazer melody.”
Do you have any new music or projects in the works?
“I have a lot of unreleased music but I want to come out with another EP in the near future. I might release it in the beginning of next year.”
Favorite producer(s) at the moment?
“I have 3 right now. Jon Bellion, Jai Marlon, & Cashmere Cat.”
Favorite artist at the moment?
“Jon Bellion and GoldLink.”
What’s your favorite part about making music?
“I love finding or making cool sounds that no one else has. It’s an amazing feeling creating something different.”
What are your plans for the future? Is this what you want to do for the rest of your life?
“I want to be able to travel and work with a lot of artists and musicians from around the world. I love learning about different cultures and other people’s reasons behind their concepts in music. It’s really inspiring seeing people from other countries approach music.”
“Oh yeah!!! I love this. I want to eventually produce for pop artists. Then, when I get old, I want to score movies.”
Who do you think would win in a fight? A taco or grilled cheese sandwich?
“A taco hands down!!”
i.V.– Thanks for your time! Make sure to check out his latest mixtape “2427” below!
Hit up his official sites as well!