Julietta on The Law of Attraction and Her ‘Smooth Sailing’ EP
Rising pop artist, Julietta, has released her pristine debut EP, Smooth Sailing, on +1 Records. The album traverses themes of self-discovery and preservation amongst accessible, yet experimental leaning production. Julietta talked to TIDAL about the roots of her debut project, confronting what would make her happy and sourcing inspiration from those around you. Listen to Julietta and more on the Rising: Pop playlist below.
Where did you record the EP?
I recorded in Los Angeles, here in New York, some in Nicaragua.
Some of the tracks, like “Beach Break,” were recorded a few years ago. So did you ensure the EP’s cohesion?
Well, the way I work is I just make a lot of stuff. The music on the EP is my top picks from the collection of stuff I made over the past two years. A lot of the music was written around the same time, so I just kind of put it together. The music has similar qualities because it was written and recorded in the midst.
Talk about your creative process. Do you start with the stem of the sound or do you have a lyric or melody in mind?
Well, it depends on the experience that I am in at the moment. If it’s something where I’m really feeling a bunch of stuff, then I’ll start writing on the keyboard/piano and then I would bring it to a producer and we’ll work on it together. Sometimes, I like to show up with nothing and start from scratch.
You began to play piano later in life. What made you decide to learn?
Music was always a therapeutic thing for me. When I graduated from Emerson College in Boston, I went for business marketing and I was always making music like covers on my own. So, when I graduated, I was just like ‘There’s no way I’m going into marketing, I want to do what makes me happy.” I knew it probably is going to be a really big struggle to figure that out, but I’d rather struggle and do what I love then make money and hate everybody. I decided to go and do that, but I didn’t have any background or anything, so, two years after, I knew I really need to learn how to use an instrument and so I decided to learn how to play.
How important is the theme of escapism in your music?
At the end of the day, you have to know who your audience is and where you’re at right now. I would also like to experiment. Right now, I’m in pop and that’s great, but who knows where I will go? I’m also super into yoga, meditation and listening to music in an open, honest environment that isn’t a venue, because people are getting fucked up. People want to get fucked up and party and it’s fine for them to listen to that stuff, but as I grow, I’d like to experiment with music in different types of environments and see how that affects people.
How did you pull together these musicians who help you push your music into new territory and styles?
It’s basically who you are and who you attract. I kind of just attracted these great, experimental producers and writers. I found really awesome people that are not there to make it for the fame. They were there because that’s what they want to do. It’s fun and they love it and that’s why they take chances; because they are not following a specific formula of what is in the top 10 right now.
Is there a throughline that connects all of the songs?
All of the songs have this, “let it go” kind of experience, I think it lands on being adverse to getting attached. There’s no need to even say it, it just feels like it’s an understanding.
Was there any defining moment that led you there?
I’m a really stubborn person and when I want to do something, no one can tell me anything otherwise. I acknowledge things like I will die and I will not stop pursuing this, because what else is the point? I have this body, I have energy with which I might as well do something that’s gonna make me enjoy this planet that I am on.
You’re just negative energy if you aren’t. I might as well be positive and at least do something in life that I wanted to do. No one told me what to do, you do it for you and if it doesn’t work out, you know that you did it for you and not for your mom and not for your brother, but yourself.
How concerned are you that fans can hear “you” in your music?
For me, it’s like a soundtrack to my own movie when you’re listening to music with your headphones in your parent’s car in the back seat. You’re live in your own world and they can listen to it and disassociate what it is around them and enter their own little fantasy world. And with the sounds we have chosen to bring them somewhere different because it does sound delicate and some of the sounds are a little pretty. I Just want to bring them to a different space.
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