Hi Juliana, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
I’ve been well thank you! How are you?
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Cry Wolf”?
Well, Cry Wolf has been a song I’ve had under my belt for a while. Probably about 4 or 5 years now… It’s been hidden away in a very special place, and I’d go back every now and then, to play it or listen to it; see if it needed re-writing. To be honest, I’ve haven’t changed it since the day i wrote it haha! I hadn’t released it because I never felt it was the right time… This was the year were my gut told me I was ready to send it out to people.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
I don’t like to give too much away because I want people to interpret their own story when the listen to it. I want it to inspire individual meanings for everyone who listens; I was 15 or 16 when I wrote it, so I’m sure you can imagine it may have been interesting and of course, challenging stage of my life, as it is for most people. You’re trying to figure out who the people around you are, bust most importantly who you are yourself. In a nutshell though, it talks about, those who are hurt by the ones who “cry wolf”, and how they may come out on top in the end…
Any plans to release a video for the single?
I have a lot of ideas! I’m constantly putting inspiration boards together to see if I can piece together, the vivid images that ran through my mind when I was writing it. I don’t want to rush anything, so when I do it, i’ll want to do it right.
How was the recording and writing process?
Writing it was one thing; I remember it being a very fluid process… the lyrics and the melody, just lined up and the song wrote itself. I think it is those kind of songs that usually mean the most to me. It’s as though they’ve been piecing themselves together in the back of my mind, and then they come out like word vomit. They are the songs that have most emotional value to me. Recording it was another process entirely! To hear it come to life in the exact way I’ve been feeling it, and hearing it in my mind is something I can’t describe. Again, it just lined up and pieced itself together. I was fortunate enough to have great producers on my side to help me identify and create those sounds I’d been hearing for so long. But they too brought something just a special, which gave the song this new breath of life that it needed.
How has London Grammar and Imogen Heap influence your music?
Both are so authentic. When I heard them for the first time, I knew that the people I was listening to, were people who love music and wanted to explore and create beautiful and soulful music as those who inspired them, did. There is nothing ostentatious about it. It is real and people connect to it. I actually saw London Grammar on my birthday last year. What I love about it, was that it could’ve been a group of my friends playing some music up on that stage that night. Everyone in that audience felt inspired. I haven’t had the privilege of seeing Imogen Heap yet, but from all the videos I’ve watched on youtube, I’m sure she’s the same. She’s also a genius, so I’m completely in awe of her for that reason too. Her music, in my eyes will always be relevant. It’s honest. I believe everything she does.
What role does Australia plays in your music?
Australia is my home, so it’s where my roots are. It’s the reason I am who I am so it is the root of my music. I’m so proud of where I’m from and I think we as a country and creators of music have become a super power. Some of the most talented and successful acts right now are Australian. It’s a beautiful community and there is definitely a sense of camaraderie among music listeners that I’ve come to know, growing up. We’re passionate about our music- it’s a beautiful thing.
How’s your new EP coming along?
I’m really happy with it. I think it is a representation of who I am right now, and the journey that I’m on. I’ve been working super hard, writing all the time, finding a sound, and seeking inspiration everywhere I go. I’ve been travelling a lot this year and listening to new music wherever and whenever I can, so inspiration hasn’t been hard to come by. I’m enjoying the journey… it feels right.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Not just yet, sometime mid-year for sure!
Any plans to hit the road?
I’ll be performing at MUSEXPO in Los Angeles this May! I’ll be showcasing the EP, so I’m really excited about it. Performing is usually very therapeutic for me, so I’d love nothing more than to hit the road.
What else is happening next in Juliana’s world?
Not much that I can get into too much detail about, but things are on there way. So in the meantime I’ll be writing, writing and writing some more. I won’t be holding back at getting creative this year…
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