INTERVIEW: Juliana Wilson

Hi Juliana, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Just awful. I have all these people asking me questions and telling me what to do, and now I have to talk to you. (haha) Everything has been great. I started this journey at 11 years old and had been pretty secretive about it, until just recently. I’m 13 and starting to reveal what’s going on, I’m so appreciative that I’m able to share what I love doing with the world.

Can you talk to us more about your single “I Know A Girl”?

Well, “I Know A Girl” is a song that we used for my introductory teaser video. We chose this song because it represented how I wanted people to see and hear me for the very first time. We also thought that its dark nature would shock people’s expectations for a debut song coming from a 13-year-old.

Did any event, in particular, inspire you to write this song?

The song was written by my producer Matty amendola, and Helen Austin. Matty has an art for sitting me down and letting me express my feelings on different days to draw ideas for new songs. That specific day, I was telling him how so many people were asking who I thought I was as an artist, who my songs were about, and stuff like that. He came up with the basic concept of me having a conversation with myself to answer those deep questions. I loved it. It was also the 6th song out of a dozen that we’ve worked on so far, and I felt like it was the most comfortable I ever was in the studio. It’s crazy that now everyone asks who this song is about, even when the video ends with a clear answer.

How was the film experience?

We tore apart the lounge at 825 Records’ offices to build the set which I was obsessed with. Lighting the dollhouse on fire was the most fun because we only had one chance and it worked perfectly. It was also a large learning experience. 825 had me working with a choreographer in front of cameras for a few weeks before we shot the video and that was pretty much the first time I was in front of professional cameras. I really enjoyed that they threw me right in the ring.

How was the recording and writing process?

I feel like its all been a blur honestly. Aside from singing over the phone for Matty 2 years ago, the first time he ever saw what I was capable of was when we recorded the first song, and we haven’t stopped since. I do have a big interest in writing my own songs, and it’s a goal for the future. For now, I feel like what Matty and Helen have been creating is so spot on and they still give me the freedom to incorporate my ideas before we finalize a song.

What was it like to work with Matty Amendola and how did that relationship develop?

My dad kept calling 825 Records and eventually when we got Matty on the phone, and I grabbed it and started singing. Matty asked me to come to the studio the next day to meet him. We recorded one song, and then he signed me to an artist development agreement. I was 11 at that time.

How much did he get to influence the album?

Well, i would say that he influenced pretty much the entirety of it, but he wouldn’t say that. He has said that it’s my tone and attitude that influenced all of it. It still amazes me when we demo a song acoustically, and it’s just one instrument and vocals, and then I hear the entire music track a week later, and it just sounds sick. Aside from him producing and writing the songs, he also plays almost all of the instruments on the album. All of the elements he combines creates this bubble of sound that feels so good. It’s also awesome that his partner, Grammy award winning engineer Butch Jones has been engineering and co-mixing everything.

Does sarcasm tend to influence most of your music?

What’s sarcasm? I have a song called “Too Many Katies” that might be the most sarcastic set of lyrics ever written. One day I was telling my mom and Matty a story, and I said the line “this world has too many Katies.” Matty ran into the studio screaming “that’s a song!” It was my natural sarcasm that ultimately created a song, so I guess we could say that it influences the overall lyrics.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new album – how’s that coming along?

We’ve already recorded 10 songs, but we haven’t officially released a single yet. We have the teaser video with “I Know A Girl” and we’ve been streaming songs for 24 hours at a time on my website. We’re working on so many other things at the same time. Lots of photo shoots and more video content. We want to try to expand my fan base as much as we can before officially releasing anything.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

We recorded a song called “Blah Blah Blah” that we’re all super obsessed with. We’re thinking that’s the title track and probably the first single when it’s time.

Any plans to hit the road?

Does the fact that I’m in 7th-grade answer this question? (haha). I’ve been doing secret shows every week locally to build my fan base in my hometown and to get on as many stages as possible. I can’t wait for an opportunity to tour!

What else is happening next in Juliana Wilson’s world?

For every 100 likes on my Facebook page, we’re posting a song on my website for 24 hours. Please come subscribe to hear songs before anything is released and sit tight because you’ll be hearing from me soon whether you like it or not!

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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