We are so excited to see what is in store for both of you this year!!!
Hi Julie! Thanks for being here today!
How does your music affect the world?
I write music for people like me, people who were never really meant to fit in. I want to be the artist that shows someone it’s okay to be themselves. I was bullied as a teenager and music was something that kept me going. I knew I belonged somewhere and that sense of belonging that my favorite artists gave me is what drives me to create my art. - Julie Elody
Being a victim of addiction and traumatizing loneliness, music helped me find a way out of that life and set me on a path to recovery. It gave me a voice and a means of self-expression I never had before. Realizing the power of music, I decided to be an artist creating songs for people who went through similar struggles I did. Creating songs to help them think for themselves and enable them to realize that they have the ability to change their lives for the better. -Taly Vega (producer)
Who has been your biggest cheerleader as an artist?
My mom has always been my biggest cheerleader. Back in those days, she was the one who encouraged this crazy dream of mine- being a pop star. Every time that it gets hard, working the day job, long nights in the studio, running on 20 hours of sleep a week, and 10 cups of coffee a day she reminds me why I started making music in the first place and keeps me going. - Julie Elody
Tell us about your latest release!
“Underwater” comes from quarantine loneliness. I wanted to write about that desperation we are all feeling: that lack of human connection and the very real emotional consequences of that. I’m not personally in the dating pool right now, but I can only imagine how much worse it is for people who are trying to date during a pandemic. The person you’re seeing, they might not be good for you, and under normal circumstances, we might have a lot more self-worth and confidence. But in this situation, craving for any human connection at all, I think we all feel a little bit like we’re underwater struggling to breathe. -Julie Elody
What are you most looking forward to this year?
I have taken a bit of a hiatus from releasing because I wanted to take a step back and create content that I’m really *really* proud of. "Underwater" is the first of these releases and I’m super grateful to Taly Vega for being a part of this release with me. This year, I’m releasing banger after banger. Whatever else happens (or doesn’t happen) I’m super excited to show everyone these songs that are my best work. - Julie Elody
How do you find peace in an often chaotic world?
Looking at life through the lens of an artist who creates music for the sole purpose of an improved mental health for the listener. I find peace in knowing that the music I put out will hopefully make the world a more peaceful place when each listener I can reach achieves a state of mental clarity. -Taly Vega
What does "making it" mean to you?
To me, making it is simply being able to focus as much time as possible on music. That means making enough money with my music to quit my day job and be an artist full time. That’s the dream. I just want to pay my water bill with my songs. -Julie Elody
In the music industry lately, people could classify “making it” as being the richest artist from the city with all the accolades. But to me “making it” isn’t just about myself but about how many lives have been transformed for the better through my music. - Taly Vega
What have been some of your greatest achievements as an artist?
I am really proud of my music video “The Lighthouse” which highlighted my struggle with anxiety and feeling trapped in my own head. The video is 3 years old but people still ask me about it and tell me how much that video spoke to them. I have a few songs that seemed to have reached people in a meaningful way that are still racking up streams. Those are my greatest achievements so far -Julie Elody
I have still yet to hit my major milestone as an artist. But looking at how far I have come from where I started, one of my greatest achievements would be completing my first music series; “The Book Of Recovery”. - Taly Vega
Where can our readers go to learn more about your projects?
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