Isabel Dumaa Aspires to Inspire
The San Francisco native Isabel Dumaa is a young rising artist, utilizing both her stories and her surroundings. With her Notes app on hand, she is ready to write whatever happens to inspire her and transform them into alternative and authentic songs.
Dumaa has previously released two other songs. Her debut single “Call My Bluff” resonated with many of her listeners, talking about things she’ll do to seem smarter or look taller. Her second release “Freshman Year” was a viral hit, circulating on platforms like TikTok and instantaneously accumulating views. The track also references her personal experiences that are fitting for that time in her life.
“Quarter Life Crisis” continues to speak to the age. “It’s similar to a mid-life crisis, but for me, a quarter-life crisis represents a transitional period in a young adult’s life, characterized by struggles of identity, responsibility, etc. Dumaa touches on these common experiences, speaking of confronting and overcoming. “I’ve faced my fair share of obstacles that I never really had a warning about,” she shared, “and I realized a lot of people my age were going through the same thing.” Dumaa understands that there are things that happen, typical events that mark being in your teens, twenties and so on.
For Dumaa, physical space also has been a strong source of inspiration. Born and raised in California, the singer makes many references to her home, confessing that it’s “prevalent” in her life. Her music video for “Quarter Life Crisis” features West Coast waters and blue skies, scenery that is familiar to any California native.
“Inspiration can come from anywhere, and for me, location serves as a vast source of inspiration.” She continues, “I find myself writing different songs in LA than in New York, San Francisco, Paris, etc. I find that when traveling, because everything is so new and you are so much more aware, I’m always met with a burst of inspiration.”
Isabel Dumaa is just getting started. She’s also eager to collaborate and branch out, naming Noah Kahan and Maggie Rogers as a few artists she’d want to write with. She admits there isn’t necessarily a big vision or story to be unveiled just yet. Rather, she’s enjoying taking things one song, one album at a time. She notes, “Life is unpredictable, and therefore so is music. Having a plan or a map is helpful, and it is important to remember it is okay to stray from it.”