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Interview with Juls
What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
I think I loved singing before I knew how to walk; my admiration for music was really noticeable from a really young age, and one of my earliest memories is watching my grandfather’s hands fly across the keys of his piano. My mom said I would sit on the piano stool with him and listen for hours, only becoming antsy when she tried to move me away from the music. Undoubtedly, my pull towards music has always felt innate and reverent, and this passion has only intensified with age.
If I hadn’t gotten into music, I most likely be doing something entrepreneurial; I am pursuing a business degree with a focus on entrepreneurship at USC, and I think I love music so much because it is creation in its purest form; I am constantly thinking of new ideas and I love creating and doing things that have never been done. The art of creation simply lights me to life.
What do you like to do when you are not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
I love hiking and swimming. I especially love the ocean. I love reading and shopping for everything pumpkin spice at Trader Joes and watching Halloween movies. I LOVE coffee. I’m a really simple girl and the small things in life truly do make me very happy. I think my appreciation for the small moments influence my writing because I’m able to get inspired by a lot of things around me.
How long have you been making music?
I’ve been making music since I was about 14 years old.
Where are you based out of and how did that influence your music?
I am currently based out of Los Angeles, but I am originally from Connecticut. LA influenced my writing by offering me new life experiences and a new lens to explore life from; I consider LA to be one of the most creatively charged places in the world, and I’ve dreamed of living here since I was a young girl so being able to live here is truly a dream come true for me.
Tell me about your most memorable shows, if you haven’t played live what is your vision for a live show?
My most memorable show was probably at State Social House because it was the first time that my parents were able to see me perform live. It was incredibly special to have them there cheering me on; they’ve been my biggest supporters since the very beginning so seeing how proud they were meant the world to me.
What is your favorite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you have not already?
My favorite venue that I’ve performed at so far would have to be The Mint! Our night at the mint left us feeling like it was Mint to beee.
If you could play any show with any lineup, who would be on the ticket?
Definitely Lana del Rey, Taylor Swift, Rihanna, and Ed Sheeran.
What is some advice that you would give to someone who is just getting into making music and some advice that you would give to your younger self?
Just start. Start before you think you're ready. Start before you think you're good enough. Time flies and there is never gonna be a “perfect time”; if you wait for it, you might find yourself in the same place years down the line. If you start before you're ready, you will learn something that will make you better and more prepared for the next experience. Just start <3
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
Ooof. All my songs are my babies and I pour a lot of thought and heart into each one so I can’t really choose a favorite, but off of this first EP, I’m really attached to a song called Britney. I love this song because it represents hope to me. If people take one thing away from that song, I hope it’s this: keep driving cause you’re gonna find your reason.
Which songs are your favorite to play and which get requested the most?
I love playing Britney and a song called Little Boy live! Britney gets requested most.
What is your creative process, and what inspires you to write your music?
Honestly, there is no process to my creative process. Inspiration strikes at really random times and I always say I write my best songs during business classes lol. The most important thing is just to get ideas down when they come so that you don’t forget them! I love using voice notes on my phone for this.
Do you have messages that you like to get across in your music, if so please tell me about them?
I have many messages in each of my songs, but regarding “Heartbreaker” I think the main message was inspired by the book “The Fault in Our Stars.” I read this book in ninth grade, and one quote really stuck with me: “it’s a metaphor, see: you put the killing thing between your teeth, but you don’t give it the power to do its killing.”
This song is about a girl who puts the killing thing between her teeth - who thinks she won’t give it the power to hurt her, but who lets its intoxicating taste cloud her better judgment. It’s about a girl who watches as the same flame she was once so enamored with grows and engulfs the reflection of the girl she once was. She may never be the same but that’s kinda the point.. our hardships, our losses turn us into new, stronger versions. This is not a song of sorrow and loss, but rather it’s a song of growth and empowerment. If you take one thing away from this song, I hope it’s this: the story doesn’t end with the ashes.. they simply mark a new beginning.
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that is coming up?
My very first EP drops next year and I’m extremely excited about that! I also have a few bigger venues that I will be playing this year which I'm super stoked about. Overall, there’s so much to come and I can’t wait to keep sharing my art and journey with the world. I hope you guys will come along with me on the journey of growth, self-empowerment, and love. Ikigai & enjoy the ride!
How can your fans best keep up to date with you, any socials you want people to check out?
Yes! I am on Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube all @julsspo. I announce all of my upcoming releases, shows, etc. on all of my social media.