Isaac Peabody is a Christian rapper/singer/songwriter from Seattle, Washington. Signed to Centricity Music as PEABOD, he is known for songs such as "Shoot From The Hip", "Sweet As Coca Cola", and many more. His songs are described as hip-hop and have influences from many genres. PEABOD has a style different than most and uses his musical gifts to share Jesus Christ with the world. Mercedes Rich, CEO of Transform Media, got the opportunity to ask him a few questions about his career and life.
TM: Backpack is a very quirky and fun song. What was your thought process on writing/recording this song?
IP: Thanks for the compliment! This song started in a pretty unique way. My label, Centricity music, sent me a picture one day of a giant, inflatable Jansport backpack. They said they found it on Ebay and "just had to get it for me," but there was no song that it would fit with at the time. So I started playing around with the idea of a song that could reference the backpack, and we ended up with the song as it is today! Since then, I've taken that giant backpack with me all across the country for my shows. It's become a great stage piece.
TM: How is this album different from “Healthy Snacks” in how you perceive it and how you want your listeners to hear it?
IP: I really think of the Backpack EP as a transitional project. With Healthy Snacks, I was just writing for fun and exploring making hip hop for the first time. After I got signed, I started writing a bunch of standalone songs that ended up being the Backpack EP. This was a great project for me to define my sound a little more and set the tone for where I want to go in the future.
TM: What song thus far in your career is your favorite that you have written?
IP: I go back and forth a little bit, but Hoodie is probably the one that I had the most fun making. That said, Summer of Fletcher will always have a special place in my heart. That was the first song I ever released as Peabod, and working on that track was a really refreshing experience for me musically.
TM: Did you grow up in the Church or did your faith come later in life?
IP: I grew up in the church, and my dad was actually a pastor. I had a great experience for the most part; being a pastor's kid was awesome for me and provided a really important community as I grew up. I've definitely had my fair share of growing and healing to do after going to college and then entering "the real world," but God has been so faithful to consistently pursue me and show me his love.
TM: What is the most personal lyric to you to date?
IP: I'm guessing my song "OK" from Healthy Snacks is the most personal at this point, but there are some new songs I'm hoping to release later this year that would take the cake. As I grow as an artist I'm trying to focus in on joy and hope, which doesn't always look like "happy" music. Sometimes writing a serious or sad song is really important step to reconnecting with hope and joy. I'm hoping that's what comes across when I release these new songs.
TM: How are your songs inspired?
IP: It depends on the song a little bit, but I usually start with a concept and then build a beat, followed by lyrics. For example, with Shoot From the Hip, I knew I liked that phrase and I felt like it could apply to how it feels to be a new adult. So I started the beat and then started writing. Sometimes I'll change it up and write a chorus with my guitar, and then build the track around that. I've found that approaching the song from a bunch of different angles is a helpful way to break through writers block and get to the core of the idea.
TM: Who were your influences for this album?
IP: I'm always going back to artists like Chance the Rapper, Kings Kaleidoscope, Jon Bellion, Coldplay, Switchfoot... the list goes on! I try to consume as much music as I can, and I love exploring new styles and sounds. At the end of the day it's usually a blend of pop and hip hop, but I listen to a lot of blues, rock, and folk too.
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Student studying Public Relations and Social Media as well as acting as much as possible with hopes to work at a Christian media company when graduated.