Hi Julius, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
I’m doing well, thanks for asking. This past year I have been diligently working on perfecting my upcoming EP, One, slated for release in early 2016. It’s my first professional project that I will be putting out, and even though I’m nervous to see how it is received, I feel good knowing that I put more into these five songs than anything I’ve ever done before.
Can you tell us more about the story behind your track ¨Save Me¨?
“Save Me” was actually the first song I made for my new EP, One. Until that point, I had been focused on making strictly rap music. I always knew that I enjoyed singing, but I never thought of myself as a singer. After I wrote and recorded “Save Me,” I realized that incorporating singing into my songs is a strength that I should hone in on.
Did any event in particular inspire the song?
At the time I wrote “Save Me,” I was going through some things in my life and just wasn’t feeling like myself. I could tell the way I was acting was affecting my girlfriend. I was driving to my parents’ house in Pennsylvania from school in the Bronx and sometimes when I drive, I like to listen to beat instrumentals just so I can freestyle over different tracks and styles of production. One day I was stuck in traffic on the George Washington Bridge in NYC when the tune of “Save Me” got stuck in my head. I slowly began putting the entire song together piece by piece on my two-hour drive home. The song is kind of an apology to my girlfriend, while also being a testament to how much I value her in my life.
Can you tell us more about your upcoming video for the song?
We just shot a video for “Save Me” in Los Angeles, and it was a lot of fun to perform something that brought some more visual life to my vocals. We were lucky enough to have Jessica Richens, from Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance,” casted as the main role, and she did a fantastic job.
What was it like to work with Jessica Richens and how did that come on board?
Jessica was awesome. We had a great time shooting, and I think that shows in the final product. Our director for the video, Brazil, set everything up. I remember he shot me text saying something like, “I have a girl in mind for the video. We have other options, but we’re not going to need them.” He was definitely right.
How was the recording and writing process?
I wrote “Save Me” in my head on a car ride from New York to Pennsylvania. Usually I write songs down, not only to remember the lyrics, but also to visualize what I’m saying. This process was different and I think that’s why this song is different. When I recorded this song, it was truly the first time I had ever sang in the booth. Like I said earlier, I was used to rapping, so singing was a completely new challenge for me. I think embracing that challenge wholeheartedly has inspired me to have more versatility in my music. Considering this was my first time singing on a track, I think it came out pretty well, but my goal is to produce a defined sound that people hear and know is Julius.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new album – how´s that coming along?
My first project, One, will be available on iTunes and all major platforms early 2016. I wrote over 50 songs for this project and narrowed it down to just 5 so you can expect to see some of my best work on it. As for a full-length album, I am not technically working on one yet. I’m writing new songs everyday though so who knows if some will end up making the final cut. When I start to conceive an album, I want to have a concrete vision for it. Right now, I’m still curating that vision.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
My EP, One, will be available early 2016. Although I would like to give you a date right now, I don’t want to be that guy who makes a big deal about his release just to see it get pushed back. So until that date turns from tentative to final, I’m going to try to not be that guy.
Any plans to hit the road?
Tons of plans, nothing final. My main focus right now is my EP, and getting it out to my fans. After that, everything will fall into place.
What else is happening next in Julius´s world? I heard you will be collaborating with Riff Raff?
You heard correctly! I got Riff on one of my tracks and we just shot a dope music video for it. We linked through my engineer, Mike Jerz, and ended up making something really cool. Again, I won’t give a date for the release, but let’s just say within the next couple of months. For now, I’m looking forward to the release of my EP, continuing to write everyday, improving my sound and getting even more in-tune with the direction I want my music to take.