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INTERVIEW: Julia Kahn

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

-Hi! Thank you so much for talking with me. I’ve been great! Busy, but always good 🙂

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Fly Away”?

for sure! this song is a special one to me and one that is very near and dear to my heart. I just released this single along with an awesome music video for it done by Sam Womer. This song is one that I wrote and did a lot of production on, and It’s kind of a little window into some deeper parts of my soul, and definitely one of my more emotional tracks. The message in this song is something that I’m real passionate about—It’s about freedom, finding your truth, and taking lessons learned from pain or painful spaces and shedding away anything or anyone that was holding you back or limiting you in any way, flying free with who you’ve become through it all. 

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

I don’t know if it was one particular event per-say..but more a sum of a lot of things I had gone through. I wrote it more retrospectively, about this big moment of clarity that I had that really shifted everything for me. It was the realization that everything I had been through, all of the pain or people who tried to limit me or hold me back, is really what led me to finding myself and my truth, and led me to becoming who I needed to become. I felt that magic in finally connecting to that truth, shedding away others’ negativity, and accepting that pain as one of my greatest teachers. So this one is inspired by that metamorphosis of finding your truth, and the acceptance of your journey that led you to it. Without the cacoon/pain, there’d be no butterfly. 

Was this always meant to be a LGBT anthem or it rather evolve into it?

To be honest, I had no idea that it would be that or become that. I have always been an ally and very passionate about mental health, equality and inclusivity as a whole and so I know those themes definitely draw into my music. I wrote this song more from the honest perspective of my own experiences and finding myself through those hard times. However, it’s also for anyone who has experienced pain, or had people judging or limiting them in any way, and finding their strength and freedom to grow through it all…no matter what the circumstance or experience was for them. Music connects us all, and if my music has evolved into anything supporting love and equality and freedom then that is awesome! 

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

It was such an awesome experience bringing this idea to life and working with Sam Womer and his team! They were so great, and did a fantastic job of really capturing the essence of this song and telling this story in such a unique and incredible way. It was a blast to get creative with the symbolism and story in this video with them…they got so creative with creating a small little world inside this abandoned warehouse in the dead of winter, and it was so much fun to collaborate on. 

How was the recording and writing process?

This song was one of those special songs that seemed to write itself and just kinda flowed right out of me when I sat down in front of my window to write it and came together super quick, like 15-20 minutes. I did the lyrics + music + a lot of the production for this song, and it’s full of just my raw emotion, transformation and so many lessons learned. 

When I wrote this, something kind of special happened..the most beautiful synchronicity happened with a black & blue butterfly flying straight up to my window in the middle of a horrible storm outside, right after I wrote these lyrics. So It was a magical little universe moment that actually brought me to tears a little bit when I wrote it. So that was really special to me, and the recording process with Bryan was just so special and it flowed and came together so easily in there. It was super fun working on it with Bryan and learning from him and having him bringing it to life even more in so many awesome ways in the studio. 

What was it like to work with Bryan Todd and how did that relationship develop?

It has been an awesome experience working with Bryan! He is really talented and has been such a great guy to work with. We met through someone both of us work with, and we decided to embark on this project together, and I am so, so grateful that we did! It’s really cool because we come from such different musical backgrounds, which made it really sweet getting in the studio together and creating some really unique and powerful stuff in there. He really embraced all my ideas I came to him with, and opened my mind to lots of different things and approaches as well, which helped me learn so much and create some awesome music together.

How much did he get to influence the song?

So with “Fly Away”, I wrote the lyrics and music at home in front of my window and did raw production of it there and then brought it into him at his studio. He dug the idea and helped really bring it to life in such an awesome way with his production on the song. This one really came together beautifully and just flowed so well once we started working on it together. We created a few songs together, and some I would come to him with an idea and production first, and others he would have an idea and beat started first and we’d build off that, so it would kind of change from song to song. 

What role does Indianapolis play in your music?

I think wherever you’re from always has an influence on your music and who you are as a person somehow. Growing up in Indy really had a big influence on my values, and has surrounded me with such beautiful, down-to-earth souls, like my family and some of my closest friends — And both of those things absolutely play a huge role in my music. One of my favorite parts about home is driving in the car listening to my favorite music on Indiana roads..and I’ve actually written a large portion of my lyrics in my head while driving in my car at night on those roads back home…so it’s kind of this weird connection I have with music in the car at home and I always feel my music now is best listened to while driving in the car late at night, so Indianapolis is always connected to that feeling for me.

How has Lana del Ray and Dua Lipa influenced your writing?

There are so many badass women writing amazing music right now that is definitely inspiring me in so so many ways…and I’ve always felt I had such an eclectic group of artists who have really influenced my writing heavily — across SO many genres. From my roots in soul music with Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and MJ, to other legends like Stevie Nicks, Nina Simone, and the Beatles. I’ve also been influenced and inspired by recent artists like Frank Ocean, Kid Cudi, and Lana for sure.

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

There’s definitely some new material that I’ve been working on over the past few months 🙂 and I’m super stoked about it..these new songs will be reflective of this soul journey of mine and cover a range of emotions and sounds. I’m eager to show the world some more little pieces of my heart..SOON 🙂

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

I’ll be making some announcements within the next few months 🙂 

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes! I’m looking to be hitting lots of festival stages in the coming year and got other show announcements coming real real soon 🙂

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

Next, I’ll be grinding and workin’ on writing and finishing up some of these songs, getting them out there for you guys, and preparing for taking them on the road! And I’m looking forward to this beautiful journey ahead 🙂

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One comment

  1. That was BEAUTIFUL!! Heartfelt with such a beautiful message ❤️ Fly Away is a powerful song that can relate and be felt by so many people who have had struggles of any kind, and has such a wonderful message…That is what music is all about🎼💕 Great interview

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