By Hailey Nuthals, Highlighter Editor
Look out, Justin Bieber – Isac Elliot’s coming up, and he’s coming up fast. The 15-year-old Finnish pop star is already a multi-platinum artist in Europe and is going on his first U.S. tour this summer. After being signed to Sony Music Finland at the ripe age of 11, Isac’s career has grown astronomically. His latest single “What About Me” has been racking up plays, and his momentum is only growing. In between a barrage of other interviews, WSN got the chance to speak with Isac over the phone about his burgeoning career.
WSN: It seems like you’ve been incredibly busy this year – even today, you just had an interview over at People! How do you keep yourself motivated to keep doing all these interviews and performances all the time?
Isac Elliot: It actually isn’t. you know, it’s all good things. I like meeting people and so this is just like a hobby for me. It doesn’t feel like work.
WSN: What was the coolest part of working with Tyga on your latest song?
IE: I have to say, meeting Kylie Jenner. I’ve been a fan – I listen to hip-hop music a lot, and I’m a big fan of Tyga, so that was really cool, but it’s always nice to meet someone like Kylie.
WSN: Do you have any other artists you’d like to work with in the future?
IE: Yeah, absolutely. I’d love to work with – I’m the biggest fan on earth of Justin Timberlake. But I’d love to work with – as I said, I’m a big fan of hip-hop, so some cool hip-hop artists… If we’re going big, going crazy, someone like Drake, but yeah, that’s the dream.
WSN: At this point, you’re recording songs in LA and New York, and touring all over the world – do you consider yourself a Finnish artist, a Scandinavian artist, or a global artist?
IE: Well, you know actually when I started this, I thought maybe it would be just get big in Finland, then it got big – also, it’s not all just Finland, it’s all Scandanavia really, and some other countries in Europe. So I feel like I’m more of an international artist than just a Finnish artist. Because I have fans all over the world, which is crazy. When I started, I thought it would be just Finland. Everything’s just bonus now.
WSN: You got signed when you were 11 years old. How do you think your musical style has changed since then?
IE: Well, my voice changed at some point, and that was… a very rough time. To do shows and studio sessions and having your voice changing… that wasn’t nice. So my voice has changed, and I feel like I’m a bit more grown up. It’s not just cotton candy songs, it’s more like serious teenage problems and stuff. It’s changed a lot, but I’m still making pop music. It’s not like I went from rock to pop.
WSN: Have you noticed a stigma around being a child star anywhere you’ve been? There seems to be a lot of pressure to keep succeeding and everything. Have you felt that, or is it still a fun career to be pursuing at 15?
IE: Like I said, it’s like a hobby to me. I don’t have too many really… I have dreams, of course, but I don’t have any goals that I feel I have to succeed. As I said, my dream was to succeed in Finland so now everything’s just bonus and I’m just enjoying it all. I’m just having fun. No pressure.
WSN: What’s your favorite way to spend your free time, when you get a moment away from all the press & performing?
IE: When I’m at home, I love to play ice hockey. I used to play it, played it for five years. So I play that, and I love to play on my PlayStation. I do all the normal teenage stuff, you know? Hang with my friends, watch videos and stuff. When I’m not on the road or in the studio, I’m just living the normal teenager live, basically. A little more famous, maybe.