INTERVIEW: Julia Othmer

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

Better and better…

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Purple and Gray”?

What are you most curious about?

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

I was going through some intense transitions at the time, including a divorce. So many familiar things were disorienting and strange, like an emotional dementia. “Purple and Gray” sort of processes all that, sort of sifts through the ashes while being on the cusp of moving on.

What can you tell us about the video for the single?

My favorite part was the collaborative process and being in new locations. We worked with my brother, Konstantin, on all of the drone footage in Mexico. The amazing Stephen Goldblatt did a lot of filming in the water, underwater, a lot of experimenting. James T Lundie who is my co-conspirator in all of this, brought it all together. 

The single comes off your upcoming album SOUND – what’s the story behind the title?

It’s such a great word, sound, it’s rounded and resonant and grounded. It has all of these different meanings, a body of water, a state of being, a measure of depth, noise. And it is what the album is, sound. Literally. (wink, wink)

How was the recording and writing process?

Luxurious and tormented. Luxurious in the sense that we had this gift of Kickstarter support from fans and friends that allowed us to really focus on making the record and not stop until we got it where we wanted it. Tormented because it took us longer than we expected and we felt more and more pressure the longer we went! I think if we could do it all over, we would have shared the songs as we finished them.

What role does LA play in your writing?

We mostly wrote and recorded in LA. We were so reclusive during the process though, we probably could have been anywhere. 

Would you say that this album works as a new chapter in your musical career?


Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

All over the place. In anything; a book I’m reading, a conversation, watching people, remembering details, hearing something in my head, eavesdropping.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes. I’m going to the East Coast next month and I plan on being on the road more and more.

What else is happening next in Julia Othmer’s world?

I’m rehearsing and playing a lot. Writing new songs. Continuing to make videos and build collaborations with other artists. We are developing a Patreon page, a platform which I’m really inspired by, to create a community around the music and other art-y stuff we are making.

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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