ForgottenBee chats with Juliana Wilson about laying on cold floors in the dark, vinyl obsession and why spitting out the first words that come into your head can be very useful…
FB 1/ Welcome to ForgottenBeeblog Juliana …tell the readers what you enjoy most about being a musician?
Thank you! Being a musician is the best. I love being able to just sit down with other musicians and start jamming out. I also love using music to express myself and my ideas.
FB 2/ Are you studying music related subjects at High School?
Yes I am! I go to a high school that is specific to the arts. I major in vocal music there, so I take a chorus and a vocal class. The school is full of so many other talented people and I love being there so much. My friends and I hang out in the cafeteria or in the hallway during free periods and sing and play our instruments. That’s what’s so great about this school. I’d never be able to do that in a regular high school.
FB 3/ During a performance have you ever forgotten lyrics? How do you deal with that?
I’ve forgotten lyrics so many times. It’s so embarrassing, but it’s a great opportunity to show off your improvisation skills! Just start spitting out the first words that come to your head. It’s likely they won’t notice a difference.
FB 4/ Do you suffer with nerves before performing live? Do you have any techniques or methods you use to cope with nerves?
I most definitely do. I think that the best thing to calm them is to show confidence. If you tell yourself “You’re going to knock their socks off. You’re going to do great!” and just hype yourself up, your nerves go away and you have a great performance overall.
FB 5/ What has been the best venue you have played at so far?
The best venue I’ve played at so far would be The Listening Room in Nashville, Tennessee. It was a small venue, but the people were incredibly receptive and supportive. I got a great response from them and just the vibe of the entire city was amazing.
FB 6/ Is there an instrument you would like to learn to play?
Yes actually. I’ve had a mandolin sitting in my room for a while now and I have really been wanting to learn how to play it. I just haven’t got the chance yet. I think it could be a really cool addition to my instrumental palette.
FB 7/ How do your friends relate to your musical aspirations are they supportive of what you do?
My friends are extremely supportive of me and I’m thankful for each and every one of them. They always share my music with other people and sometimes I have completely random people come up to me and tell me they love my album, it’s wild.
FB 8/ What do you find hard about being a young New musician on the music scene?
One of the most difficult things about being a young new musician would have to be building a support/fan base. I try really hard to make those connections and put in the time I need to, but sometimes other responsibilities, like school, have to come first.
FB 9/ If you could play with anyone live on stage who would it be?
This is a really tough one. I have so many artists that I look up to and so many that would be on my bucket list. I guess if I had to choose one it would be Mac Demarco because the band is fantastic, his lyrics are relatable and he has a great voice. He’s also incredibly talented in that he play multiple instruments, writes his own songs and also produces. He’s kind of like the whole package.
FB 10/ When it comes to writing music do you find it easy? Is there a special environment or place you need to go to, in order to create it?
In the past writing music was difficult for me because I was so young. With my input on feelings, lyrics, ideas, my songs were written by Helen Austin and Matty Amendola. But now that I’m older, I’ve been jotting down a lot of song ideas while on the subway in the afternoons. When I’m on the train I feel like I’m trapped in my thoughts and I have a lot of ideas flowing. Watching who gets on and off at what street, guessing where they’re going based on the street and how they’re dressed. Sometimes using that information and creating a story out of it.
FB 11/ What music inspires you?
I’m inspired by music that makes me feel like laying on the cold floor in the dark. If a song can put me into that mood I salute the creators for being able to do that. I want to give people that emotion, I mean not the weird laying on the floor thing, just the emotion itself.
FB 12/ Have you thought about bringing your music out on tape or vinyl?
I am actually obsessed with vinyl. I have about 50 records in my room that my grandparents gave me that were stored in their basement for years. I have some Eagles, Billy Joel and Beatles albums in their original jackets that I can’t stop listening to. I would love to have my album available in every format one day.
FB 13/ Do you have a fan base?
I like to think I have a fan base. Of course, nothing like Beyonce or anything, but I do have people who follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and they’re not only kids! I think my songs also relate to adults and I’ve had quite a few commenting on my posts.
FB 14/ If people want to buy and listen to your music where can they find it?
You can find my album ‘Around Me’ on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play, Amazon, Pandora, Deezer, Tidal, YouTube, Microsoft Groove, ClaroMusica, Saavn, MediaNet. You can also watch my video for my song Blah Blah Blah on Youtube.
FB 15/ Is there any New Music you are listening to that you would recommend to the readers?
Not necessarily new music, but new for me. My music taste has changed a lot in the past year, so I have plenty of recommendations to offer. Some of my favourites are Mac Demarco, Neutral Milk hotel, Summer Salt, Bahamas, Peach Pit, Swmrs, Joji, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, The Growlers, and Pinegrove. All great bands and artists.
FB 16/ What marketing or PR do you find works for you and your music?
I’ve had a PR company doing some promotion for me. They’ve been contacting college radio stations around the United States and I’ve had a really good reaction from them. The great thing is that each station was given my album and they each get to play whichever songs they want to. The DJ’s know their audience the best and can offer them the songs they would like the best. It’s awesome that so many of my songs are being heard by college students everywhere!
FB 17/ Do you get time for any hobbies in-between studying, working, making and performing music?
It’s a good thing that music is a hobby of mine because now that I’m in high school I have barely any recreational time. I’m out of my house at 6am and don’t get home until 6pm every night. After doing homework and studying, I pretty much go straight to bed.
FB 18/ How would you describe your music to someone who hasn’t heard you before?
I’ve been told that my voice is very mature and bluesy. My songs have been described as edgy, sarcastic, and soulful.
FB 19/ How important do you think artwork is on an album cover?
I think the artwork on an album cover is almost as important as the album. The album cover a lot of the time will give off a similar feeling as the music does. When you’re looking for new music to listen to, if the artwork catches your eye you’re likely to check it out. A local artist named Chris Sorrentino was responsible for creating my album cover, which I love. He is super talented and I’m so happy to have worked with him.
FB 20/ How do you balance your time to include rehearsing during the week?
Like I said earlier, getting home so late, it’s difficult to fit in anything, including practice. I’ll usually leave it for the weekend if I can’t squeeze it in throughout the week. If I don’t have too much homework, I try to do a little before I go to bed. It’s a good thing my parents don’t mind hearing me singing or playing my cello at 10 pm!
FB 21/ Would you ever consider being part of a band?
Being in a band would be so cool. If I had that opportunity I would totally join one. I think that being in a band would be a lot cooler than just having a band to play with you, you know? Working with other musicians in that way would be a great experience.
FB 22/ Is there anything that frustrates you about the music industry?
I think what is most frustrating is that musicians don’t really have the opportunity to be “discovered” anymore. If you want to make it as a musician, you need to have the look, the songs, the experience, and the fan base all ready done before anyone in the industry will even look your way. It’s very rare that anyone gets a record deal before doing all of that.
FB 23/ I always like to set a poetry challenge on ForgottenBeeBlog so if you’re game in no more than 20 words write a poem to include ….’There’s you’…
A picturesque view,
Sitting alongside a few,
As if on cue,
I turn my head and there’s you.
FB 24/ What does the future hold for Juliana Wilson?
I hope the future holds a career in the music industry. I can’t imagine my life without music in some way. I hope that it’s me performing and traveling the world sharing my music with others.
Thank you Juliana for taking part in ForgottenBeeBlog…….
Thank you so much for supporting my music and sharing it with your readers and listeners on @FromeFM ! I’m so appreciative!
Photography Courtesy of Juliana Wilson