Julia Harris is not only one of the most gifted singer-songwriters I have the pleasure of knowing, she is one of the most gifted female artists I have ever heard. She lives in Cardiff with her husband Ben and their two children Ayla and Ruben.
Here she is…Julia, please tell us more…
I am a Welsh girl through and through, passionate about everything creative and ethical and truly love my family and community of people I have around me. I love the colour red, have dyed my hair every colour of the rainbow and one day
want to have a house over looking the ocean.
So, why do you do what you do?
I think my Dad has a lot to do with it! I would wake up every Saturday morning to Motown, Paul Simon or the Sticky Fingers. My dad had a very varied taste in music and whilst dusting downstairs to earn my pocket money, I got a well-rounded education in music.
I love the freedom music brings in life, as a job, and the therapy is seems to offer if you’re having a hard day or just loving life. There is always something to write about, a story to tell and music is a great way of expressing who you are and what you believe in.
Who are your biggest inspirations?
I first CD I ever bought was ‘Revolution’ by Tracy Chapman. She made me want to pick up the guitar and have a go at songwriting. I love Erykah Badu too. I used to get ready to go clubbing singing along to the ‘Baduizm’ at the top of my lungs. I recently fulfilled a dream to see her perform live and wasn’t disappointed. Her stage presence is incredible and has such a unique style. I have to mention Paul Simon and ‘Graceland’ as it is such an epic record. I love the rhythms and melody’s, it never gets old and always inspires me when I listen to it.
Through all the songs you have half-written, written, performed and recorded, what has been the biggest thing you’ve learnt as a songwriter and as a person?
Never get precious about your songs, let them evolve, live, breathe, mature, be re-written and re-written all over again. The more I spend time playing with other people, the richer musically I feel I have become. I always used to feel that if a song wasn’t good enough (in my eyes), I would never play it again. But now I feel different about it. No one will ever write THAT song, only YOU can write it so should give that song a chance and perform it, record it. There are songs that I thought were forgotten but I am coming back to them, as it seems like the right time.
What has been among your biggest challenges?
I recently released my first album ‘Colour Bomb’. It took four years to record as I had two children in between but was the first record I have been really proud of. Before that I had some bad experiences in recording studios so I just decided to record it at home. It was so much fun to do and great to finally tell all the stories I had collected over the last few years. It is also great because it sends my kids to sleep on a long car journey! Keeping up with the ever-changing music Industry is such a headache for me too. After taking a four-year break, I feel like I am starting all over again. SCARY
What would you say to anyone disillusioned with where they’re at with their talents and passions?
Everyone has really low points and highs in their life. Playing the guitar is the one thing that makes me feel alive and happy so that’s something worth persevering for. It’s important to find something to connect to and make you feel positive whether its music, art, sport or simply people…never isolate yourself.
Another Album is next yay. Hopefully it won’t take me four years this time and more like a 2015 release. I would like to do more collaboration with people this time as I think it will improve my song writing and hopefully take it up a level. It is always good to push yourself and get out of your comfort zone now and again.
I have met some fantastic people and musicians on my journey as a performer so far and just want to keep sharing my stories in whatever way I can.
Facebook : www.facebook.com/JuliaHarrisMusic
YouTube : Try this…my single, ‘Home’, from my debut album, Colour Bomb… www.youtube.com/watch?v=amli-f2iSP4
At the moment I love this festival : www.ymuno.com/
I’m mostly listening to DISCLOSURE : www.disclosureofficial.com/filmed-live-alexandra-palace/