I found Julian by accident. I was wearing my Living Ministries hat at the moment, and I was desperate to fill a 24-Hour show. I was scouring Facebook and listening to artists and had meandered over to the fan page for Stir It Up Cafe and that is where I saw Julian for the first time. I listened to his music and was really impressed.
He was super-fast at responding and since that time he has played for both Christmas Angel Telethon and The Bag Party. For such a young guy, he is very talented and his ability draw you into his music and its message is inspiring. He must have really touched Karen too, because almost as soon as I mentioned featuring him, she handed me some great questions to ask him.
Without further, adieu, Exclaim Media would like to present Julian!
Are you working on any new projects right now?
Yes! I’m actually trying to wrap up writing the songs that will be on my first record, which to me is pretty exciting. Then I’ll be in a studio recording. I, seriously, have, like, 50 to 60 songs to choose from because it will be my first official release. Choosing 14 out of 60 is tough. Every song means something to me, and is attached to some experience or feeling. Hopefully I’ll be able to put out an EP of the stuff that just missed making the cut for the record.
Do you like performing at benefit concerts?
Absolutely! Performing at benefits has always been really important to me.
I’ve done shows for The Salvation Army, homeless and battered women’s shelters, Haiti, lots of stuff! It feels really great that I can help out a cause, just by playing my music for people who want to hear it. It’s like a total win-win for me. Meeting people affected by these tragedies and hearing their stories first hand can be really inspiring as well as eye-opening, and I love being able to make a difference, small as it may be.
Who are your favorite artists?
Definitely my favorite songwriter is Jason Mraz. He has such a unique style and his flow is amazing. I like artists who are able to take influences from multiple genres and make something original. I like singer/songwriters like John Mayer and Jack Johnson who have a really defined sound, but also artists like Rufus Wainwright, who like experimenting with their music and making something totally unique.
If you had to choose between selling your lyrics and selling your completed songs, as an artist, which would you choose?
From an artist standpoint, I’d much rather sing my own lyrics over my own songs then have someone else record them. I love co-writing with other songwriters and I’ve written for other people before, but I’m largely a storyteller when it comes to writing a song, and that story is always autobiographical in some way. Because I’m writing about such personal events, or people that have affected me, good or bad, that is a part of who I am and I hate to give that away.
What artists are the most inspiring to you?
The artists that are the most inspiring to me are the ones who really have something to say. There are so many people today who create their art based on their egos, current trends, or what other people want them to create. I don’t want to listen to an ego-trip and I don’t want to make music like that. I like the artists that are open, honest, genuine, even vulnerable in their music. The artists that make music important to them, not to others. That is what I strive to do. If the music is genuine, others will connect with it the same way you do.
How did you begin writing songs?
I started writing songs when I was in the 6th grade. Me and my friends decided it would be cool to start a band, and as I didn’t own or play an instrument, I was made singer by default. As singer I felt it was largely on me to write the lyrics, but I ended up writing a lot of music that I hadn’t anticipated.
How good it was back then, I can’t say, but the fact that suddenly my head was full of words and melodies that were never there before was a truly enlightening experience considering I hadn’t ever dreamt of writing music before then. From then on, that was my life. Every day I’ve got some lyric or some chord progression I’m trying to work through. The melodies in my head are still there, hopefully a little better than they were back then, haha.
What is your favorite song?
That is an impossible question! I listen to so much new music that my favorite song is constantly changing. I guess right now my favorite song is “Holding On” by Simple Plan. That might surprise a lot of fans, but I love Pop/Punk just as much as the next guy, and this song has a great message and some awesome hooks, as strange or silly as it may seem.
How should someone contact you to book you for a show?
The best way to book me is through my email. I’m always looking to play out and book as many concerts as possible.