INTERVIEW: Julia Bhatt

Pic by Shervin Lainez

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

I’ve been chilling! Just basking in the happiness of finally releasing music I love.

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

It’s a song about being rushed. I think everyone has to move at their own pace, but sometimes people judge you for that pace. Whether it’s moving too fast or taking too long in certain milestone areas, like your first kiss, etc.

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

I was definitely slow on the come up in high school. I’m still not much of a party person, but I really didn’t like them for a while. I didn’t want to make moves or be flirty because I had such a negative view of myself. Sometimes, I would get told, “Just do it. It’s not that special.” That’s a shitty mentality to have. If I want to take my time and be angsty, I will. If I want to be blunt and move fast, I will. It’s nobody’s business.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

I think so! I haven’t really thought much about it, but I’m pretty sure it’s on my list.

How was the recording and writing process?

Both very different. A lot of the songs I wrote over the course of a few years. When I first met Elliot, we sat down, and I pulled out my 3 notebooks and played him the ones I liked. Then there’s the production process, which is essentially me sitting with Elliot for a week and talking about ideas I have that I don’t know how to make a reality. We do the weird shit together, brainstorming and fucking around with different instruments and sounds, but then I go back to Miami and he somehow glues it all together.

What was it like to work with Elliot Jacobson and how did that relationship develop?

He’s a god. I’m not super eloquent in person, so I’m extremely impressed with his tolerance level with me and my shitty descriptions of what I want. We were introduced through our shared music lawyer, Janine Small. She put us in contact and essentially said “Y’all would be good together. Talk.” We did and he was easy to talk to and easy to work with. He’s a really great collaborator.

How much did he get to influence the song?

I threw a bunch of ideas at him and he pulled this shit together. He’s just got these ideas that I wouldn’t hear ordinarily. It has the Elliot touch all over it. He also played drums on it, so he’s involved in that way, too.

What role does Miami play in your music?

Miami has definitely given me lots of interesting experiences to write about. Lots of feelings and shit. Miami’s a weird fucking place in the best way.

How has Amy Winehouse influenced your writing?

Amy Winehouse started out as a swanky jazz singer, someone who was interested in other styles of music but managed to shape it into a popular, well liked songs for all types of music lovers. She was one of the first people I saw to ever combine such different styles.

What is it about the 70s that you find so fascinating?

God, just the things people valued and did to enjoy themselves is so different from today. Not that the 70s didn’t come with its own share of troubles. I feel like the music and I guess “culture” of the 70s was so relaxed, so easy. Obviously, I wasn’t there, but from everything I’ve gathered from my parents and from media and history, it seemed pretty cool. Plus, this was before people started taking everything so seriously, which has its pros and cons, but ignorance is bliss, I guess.

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

Yes sir! Already got a bunch of songs waiting to be heard. 🙂

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Hopefully the next single will come out early October.

Any plans to hit the road?

I hope so. That’s kinda the whole reason I want to do music. I mean, what else is there, really? You make the music, which is sick, but then there’s nothing else to do but go around and force it on people. Also, the idea of touring has always been in my mind; I think it’d be a really fun thing for me. I love road trips, I love listening to music in the car, I love seeing weird shit that doesn’t have any cultural or historical meaning. I also don’t like staying in the same place for a long time, so going to a bunch of different places so frequently would be amazing.

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

Hmmm. Honestly, I’m not thinking too far ahead. I just want people to like it and want more. I have lots of songs lined up, I just hope people want to hear them.

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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