Q: Hey Julie thanks for coming on to Rising Artists. We have fallen in love with your new single “Heat Wave” and think it’s a great summer song! Tell our audience on here more about you!
JULIE TITLE: Thank you so much for the support! I’m a singer songwriter from Toronto. I’ve spent the pandemic writing and recording an album from my apartment and Heat Wave is one of the songs you’ll hear on it. The record will be out early 2022 and I can’t wait to play it live!
Q: Your voice and sound sounds like a combination of Lana Del Rey and Kacey Musgraves, who influences you and why?
JULIE: Wow that’s a huge compliment thank you! I admire and respect both Lana and Kacey and love their writing and soothing vocal tones. I’ve had so many influences over the course of my life especially since I’m someone who listens to a wide range of genres. Some influences that stick out are CSNY (since they were one of my first favourite bands from age 12), Mazzy Star and Canadian songwriting legends Rose Cousins and Sarah Harmer.
Q: Is there a personal story behind “Heat Wave” and how did the song come into creation?
JULIE: Heat Wave was written right after going through a terrible break up during the pandemic. I was riding my bike during this gross, hot day because I just didn’t know what else to do with myself and needed to move my body to keep working out the grief and pain. While I was on my bike sweating my ass off I started singing this song. A lot of my songs happen like that – one line will pop into my head and then it’s a mad scramble to record it into my phone, grab my guitar and build it up from there. Most of my songs come to fruition in quick bursts of inspiration like that.
Q: Do you write your own songs or is there a collaborator that you enjoy working with consistency?
JULIE: I really enjoy the privacy of working on songs by myself especially in their initial conception because I have the absolute freedom of trying out every whacky idea I have before refining it and bringing someone else on. I go into a sort of trance state when I’m writing and sometimes another person being there makes me too self conscious. Cowriting only feels great for me when the vibe between myself and the other musician is just right. Nick Tateishi, my producer on this record, co-wrote Tornado with me and I’m so happy with it. All the other songs I wrote on my own.
Q: What made you want to become a musician?
JULIE: I think I was born a musician and it wasn’t really something I had a choice in. From the time I could speak I was singing constantly and from the time I could write I was creating poems and songs. Music has always been an integral part of who I am and anyone who knows me can attest to the fact that I basically never stop singing. I was serious about academics growing up and thought I would pursue a more conventional path while still writing music for myself, but eventually I decided to take the gamble and commit to it as a career path.
Q: What can we expect from you next?
JULIE: You can expect a some more singles to come out in the next few months, live shows to be announced and of course, the album in early 2022!
Interviewed by Stephanie Pankewich
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