By Kat Boehrer
Isabelle Rezazadeh was just getting ready for her TomorrowWorld debut when I got on the phone with her. The 20-year-old was back home in Niagara Falls, about to head to the store to pick up new headphones.
Isabelle, known on stage as Rezz, has only been making electronic and techy beats for two years, but because of her knack for creating incredibly unique songs, paired with her ability to learn quickly from her mistakes, her ascent to fame has been rapid. Rezz has even garnered support from the likes of Deadmau5 already, and has played shows as his support—and if you follow Deadmau5, you know he’s a tough critic to please.
Now, she’s devoted her career full-time to making and playing music for her already cult-like fan base. She’s been on the grind so much lately that she now has enough haunting, original music to play a set of just her own tracks.
“The vibes that I create are so weird and people are all about it or they're just not about it," she said. "I like that. Because people are passionate about whether they love me or hate me and I think that's really great.”
She’s an anomaly as a very young woman in an industry dominated by old men. But she says she’s felt nothing but support from her colleagues; it’s the Internet trolls who have voiced their sexism.
“[Other DJs] all made me feel very equal," she said. "No one has treated me like, ‘Oh she's a girl.’ The people who will do that are just random people on the Internet I find. Random people who have absolutely no idea who I am, no idea what music I make, and they hear I'm some 20-year-old girl and I'm getting compared to Gesaffelstein. They're like, ‘No, screw that girl. I'm not even going to listen to that stuff. You can't compare some 20-year-old girl to Gesaffelstein.’”
In fact, many blogs and music lovers have been drawing correlations between Rezz’s sound and techno’s dark prince, Gesaffelstein. But she didn’t even know who he was when she created her first beats.
“The reason I found out who Gesaffelstein was, was because I was hosting my music on this forum on Facebook and somebody was like, ‘You kind of sound like Gesaffelstein,’ and three of the people said it. I was like, ‘Wait, what? Who is this person?’ I searched him up and as soon as I heard his music I was like, ‘OK, I'm literally in love now.’ Then and there, he became one of my favorite artists of all time.”
In addition to being able to create unique music, Rezz credits her accomplishments to, maybe surprisingly, her mistakes.
“I think the more music you make, the more mistakes you're going to make, and the more you're going to learn from those mistakes. I've noticed—not just with music, but as a person—if there's something I'm really good at, it's learning from mistakes really quick.”
And overall, she seems like she’s doing alright handling her waves of success.
“This one weekend, I went to Miami, to New York, to San Diego, three days in a row. And that was when I was like, ‘All right, this is happening now. This is crazy.’ It was insane being in cities that I have wanted to go to [visit] and having people there that know who I am and they're so thrilled. The look on their faces when I'm up there and when I get off stage, it's...I don't even know how to explain it. They have this look in their eyes like they're so baffled by your existence, you know what I mean? Stuff like that that, I'll never forget.”