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Exclusive Interview with Sometimes Julie

Where are you from and could you tell us a little bit of your upbringing?

I was born in Phoenix, Arizona and raised in and around Denver, Colorado. I still have a lot of family in both places. My upbringing included a lot of music and a fair amount of chaos, which provides some great inspiration for songwriting. I was a pretty serious, studious, and yet, intensely rebellious kid. I’ve mellowed a little over the years - but only a little! 

What genre of music do you make and when did you first decide to be a musician?

Our genre is typically described as indie rock, but our music contains elements of blues, pop, americana, and classic rock and roll. I have always loved to sing, but I’d say I became a musician in 2012 when I met my partner, Rick Walker, and we started writing songs and performing together.

Who are some of the notable artists and people that influenced your career thus far? 

I am influenced by rock artists like Heart, Fleetwood Mac, The Pretenders, and songwriters like Neil Young, Thom Yorke, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen. As a performer, I’ve been inspired by Trombone Shorty, Lucinda Williams, Smashing Pumpkins, and Lukas Nelson as well as Bonnie Raitt. In a pinch, I ask myself, “What would Lukas do?” I also want to thank Dave Keuning of The Killers for his encouragement. 

Could you tell us about your latest projects and its direction?

We are thrilled that “Seven Wishes”, our fifth and latest album release, has turned out so well! It is exactly what we had hoped for in terms of the energy, authenticity, and emotional quality. I loved contributing not only with writing and vocals but also playing piano this time around. The production and quality of the mix is fantastic throughout! The theme is all about wishes and this album is a wish come true for us. 

What should we expect from you in the near future? 

We are working on a few music videos to celebrate and promote the new songs “Missed the Boat”, “Fool’s Wish”, and “Wish on the Wild Side”. Additionally, we are currently back in the studio working on the next album - a piano-oriented collection that’s going to be a little bit “unplugged”. Fourteen new songs will be released in 2024!

Could you give us some advice that you can offer to someone who is just getting started in making music? 

Listen to yourself, be true to your vision, collaborate when it feels right but in the end, be sure to follow the song. The song is always right!

Connect with other artists and enjoy the ride! Keep learning always and practice, practice, practice. Understand the difference between rehearsal and practice. 

Take ownership of what you know makes you special, keep your commitments, be cool, be you, breathe.

Are there any important achievements you have gained since beginning to do music?

The response to each of our five albums has been amazing. Being nominated for best rock album by the San Diego Music Foundation for our 2021 release, “Where Are You?,” was truly an honor. 

Recently, we’ve been celebrating the accolades bestowed on “Seven Wishes” by several influential music bloggers, as well as the significant worldwide radio airplay the album’s been getting.

 All seven songs on “Seven Wishes” have been selected as featured songs of the week by Reverbnation, and our Spotify listeners now routinely number in the thousands. We are so happy with and honored by the response to our music!

Besides music, what are some of the things that you are into?

I enjoy walking and hiking, as it clears my head and helps me feel connected. Yoga and pilates helps me be mindful and strong. I enjoy traveling to beautiful places like Costa Rica and Spain. I like to celebrate diversity in nature and in people every day. I love spending time at the beach and in the mountains. I enjoy eating the incredible fresh, healthy food we have available to us in Southern California. But most of all, I appreciate spending time with family and friends and my two dogs - Tabitha Rabbit, a Golden Retriever, and a Tibetan Terrier puppy, Dolly Llama.

Are you currently on tour or planning to be?We are planning to play a number of coastal California gigs in the next few months, and then see where we go from there.

Any last remarks? I am so grateful to everyone who supports our band, whether it is fans and friends close to home who come out to see us live, or fans who are worlds away listening to us on radio and internet. The outpouring of love for what we are doing is truly heartwarming, and this latest project has helped us connect and reconnect with so many amazing people. So, thank you all and please keep listening and telling us what you think!


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