Meet our 2024 Ambassador - Isaac Humphries

Thu, Dec 7 2023
Isaac Humphries is one of our Ambassadors for the 2024 season. We sat down with him to find out more about him and why he is excited to be part of Fringe.
Isaac Humphries
Isaac Humphries. Photo: Jenny Kwok, Adelaide Fringe 2023

This is your first time performing at Adelaide Fringe. How are you feeling about it?

I'm very excited! I love to perform anywhere anytime. But to have a show in Adelaide Fringe is a bit of a milestone for me and my music career. I feel very honoured to stand alongside some incredible world class acts and share a very personal side of me that doesn't always get shown in my basketball life.

Do you have any fond memories of Adelaide Fringe?

None from growing up as I am from Sydney, but my first Fringe experience was seeing my fellow ambassador and great friend Prinnie Stevens in her show in 2021 and I loved it. I immediately knew it was something I wanted to eventually be a part of. 

When did you start getting into singing and when did you realise you wanted to make this a career?

I was a singer and performer before basketball came into my life. When I started to play basketball around 13 years old, my life took a very different direction and music was put on the backseat for a while. Then I started to gig again and learn new instruments so I could play anywhere anytime and I started to find a balance. It's taken me about 10 years but I have finally found a Very nice balance between basketball And my performing life. There is a way to go with my music and I am continuing to write and release music as much as I can. Just like anything, nothing happens overnight and I am prepared to keep going on this really fun and fulfilling journey that I have found myself on. 

From being surrounded by Fringe did you always have a desire to perform at Australia’s biggest arts festival?

While playing for the 36ers in my first two seasons I came to understand the excitement and importance Adelaide puts on Fringe. So of course I wanted to be apart of something so loved. It's been on my list for a while now and again, I'm just so excited to be apart of it all and give back to such a great city in a different way this time. 

As a basketballer and a singer do you find that these two worlds clash?

No, I don't find them clashing. There are actually a fair few similarities. One stand out has been the pressure and excitement of performing in front of a big crowd has always helped me in both worlds. I think the way I have combined the two yet kept them quite separate has worked well for me and my situation.

How do you bring your love of basketball and arts together?

Both involve so much passion and I have been able to learn how to direct those emotions into both music and basketball. I find I am now a much more immersive performer on stage as well as a more interactive basketball player with the crowd and showing my love passion externally in both fields.