Julianna Joy describes her unique style
What is it about music that most interests you?
I think the emotion in the music interests me the most. For me, I write everything, trying to be as honest as possible and I try to reflect it in the lyrics, the composition, the production, everything about the song.
How would you describe your music?
I think I would describe it as rock-inspired pop. I grew up listening to lots of country, rock, and pop and I think it’s very obvious in the structures of my songs.
What are some major influences on your work?
My major influences change all of the time; right now would definitely be Lorde, Queen, and the Japanese House. Everything about these artists inspires me; the way that they write is so similar to poetry, the production and composition of the songs are so atypical it’s hard not to be inspired by things they do. Growing up, I listened to a lot of Taylor Swift, Fall Out Boy, Panic! at the Disco, and MARINA, which I think is also noticeable in my music.
What is “nevermind” like?
“nevermind” is such a strange song for me. I wrote it in the middle of a weird writer’s block and didn’t like it at first. I brought it into the studio with Dylan Gardner and fell in love with it. I’d consider it a psychedelic pop experience. The production and the lyrics reflect what sounds like a night drive down an empty highway. I have synesthesia, and the song looks magenta with random hints of royal purple. It’s definitely one of my favorite pieces now.
What are you doing to prepare for its release?
Right now, we are making a huge deal about it on my Instagram and Twitter. We’re also putting stickers around my hometown and hopefully downtown Chicago.
Have you performed any events?
I’ve performed at a few, small gigs here and there. I think my favorite was this past May when I played a charity event organized by a friend, Josie. It was to help raise money for low-income kids to be able to participate in the full extent of the amazing music program my school district offers.
What songs do you have coming up?
I do have some songs coming out that I haven’t announced yet. Be prepared for some announcements in late December and January.