The brunette babe reveals how her diet has to change to keep her vocal chords in tact, other musicians who have inspired her onstage look, and how her fellow band member and boyfriend, Jack Moffitt, can give her a perfect evening.
Although Isabella usually gets about in black Levi’s, chelsea boots and a T-shirt, she credits her style evolution to PJ Harvey and Chrissy Amphlett. “They gave me the idea that the more feminine the outfit, the tougher the attitude can be,” she explains, noting that the female musicians have a “strong masculine/feminine duality” onstage.
“I like uniforms and the freedom they give me,” she continued. “Other than that, I like to dress up and play around with characters: anything classic and bold.”
When Isabella was a teenager and started getting into the magazines, she says she “was struck by how ubiquitous physical beauty was in fashion, and how empty it felt”. She said, “At that level, I thought, only substance of character can truly set you apart. I think it’s great that the fashion world embraces eccentricity and difference now.”
Isabella also has to consider her nutrition while on the road, telling Russh that she embraces a “vocal diet” similar to that of an opera singer. She cuts out “acidic stimulants like coffee, citrus, eggs, dairy, tomato, alcohol, cigarettes and a lot of specific fruits and vegetables,” which is by no means easy for her.
“Pretty hard for an Italian to give up cheese, coffee and tomatoes,” she explains. “But when I get on a roll with it I feel great.”
When Isabella does get the chance to indulge, she opts for “Negroni, dessert, cigarette”, but doesn’t clarify if it’s in that order. Although a few little vices are sure to make her feel a little happy, she says her favourite kind of evening is when her bandmate and boyfriend, Jack, takes her on a date.
The Russh June/July issue hits news stands tomorrow, June 11.