julia jean baptiste

Tell me what brought you to this job?
I was lucky enough to grow up in music thanks to two music-loving parents, they literally fed me new wave and bossa nova. I started singing at a very young age and then I took singing lessons followed by guitar at the age of 14. When I arrived in Paris for my studies, I was surrounded by musicians too. I started to put my voice to songs as a duo or doing backing vocals before I was spotted by a label with whom I released the song Confetti. Then I went on tour with the group Pendentif who'd just released a first album following this tour, I joined the group. We then made a second album together which came out in February.

What nourishes your musical style, what is the source of your inspiration?
I write my lyrics by observing the world and the people around me. I'm now more inspired by reality than by the fantasies and dreams I used to have. I'm a storyteller, I can tell the story of someone's life or describe the moment when the sun breaks for a moment in the Parc de la Villette. Beneath my romanticized emotions is always a truth, something lived.

Who are the people who are references for you in your work?
First there is David Bowie, whom I really discovered at the age of 15 when I watched the film CRAZY. This film was an epiphany, I literally fell in love with the character and this glam rock period of Ziggy Stardust. So I grew up with him, it changes everything to grow up with a genius. His presence is just incredible, beyond his way of moving that I take over without even realising it, he's part of my initial parameters. There's Sade too, an anti-diva that I love very much. She has this unique way of laying down her voice, it's an emotion that is never imposed or dictated but on the contrary, blown and leaves the other person to interpret it.

What compliment would you like to hear or hear again in your profession?
I'd like someone to say to me when I listen to a song "it's you" because the stories we tell must make sense with what we are, otherwise we're just putting on a false image and nothing is embodied. It's only at that moment that I think you can move people, make them shiver...

The city or the destination that inspires you or resembles you?
Brazil, without even having been there, for its swaying rhythms and people's smiles. That made me want to write the song Sao Paulo. My father used to listen to Bossa Nova, I think I loved this country already in utero. I've always dreamt of setting off on a small boat from the Breton coast and landing in Rio de Janeiro.
I would like to live there fully, especially not as a holidaymaker. While waiting for this moment, I have infiltrated the Brazilian community in Paris, which compensates for the moment.
"I write my lyrics by observing the world and the people around me. I am now more inspired by reality than by the fantasies and dreams I used to have. I am a storyteller. »
How would you define your way of being and living?
I grew up surrounded by music but also by a lot of love, my parents allowed me to approach life in the best possible way. You have to live passionately and not let yourself be affected by things you can't control. I always try to be happy, I'm convinced that things happen for the best, so what doesn't work shouldn't work. My mother taught me to appreciate every little happiness, I savour them without looking for them. I choose to always raise my head to discover what is beautiful rather than just looking ahead.

What are your favourite themes in your music?
So much for originality, love of course! It's the universal subject that inspires the world and art. It's always about emotions, the ones you regret, the ones you decide to hide behind a mask (I recently wrote a song about it). From a melodic point of view, there's the bossa nova, of course, for its slightly delayed side, its construction that reminds me of the waves, its simplicity and immediacy.

Who would you dream of singing with
?
I'd say a duet with Mac Demarco. For his writing, his themes, his humour about himself, his humility, he doesn't try to be glamorous at all costs.

Do you have any rituals in your life?
Before a concert I breathe for a long time, alone, slowly, I meditate in a way on how lucky I am to be where I am, on the benevolence I have. This allows me to transform stress into excitement and power to be in the immediate gift, to enjoy and benefit. On a daily basis, I only ride my bike so I observe what is around me, architecture in particular - my mother is an architect - and look at the sky again and again. Recently I even cried on my bike while I was looking at it while I was discovering the important thing is the rose, by Gilbert Bécaud in its Spanish version.
"I grew up surrounded by music but also by a lot of love, my parents allowed me to approach life in the best possible way. You have to live passionately and not let yourself be affected by things you can't control. »
The music that's pissing you off?
There's a lot of it and tastes can evolve, so before I would have said rap, but I've come back to that point. On the other hand, I confess to a particular aversion to "commercial Latin"!

A favourite place to find you
I moved to Pantin two years ago. We discovered the Brasserie Gallia, an old warehouse transformed into a living space. Children run around there, people mingle there, I can spend a whole afternoon there just watching people.

Your favourite object? How much does it weigh?
My bike! I inherited it from my grandmother who used it for 30 years, so I'm terribly attached to it. It's a Peugeot mixed bike from the 70s, a marvel. It must weigh 12 kilos.

What has weight in your life?
My family and friends. They're the only ones who influence my happiness.

Your thingsle gramme, what are they? How do you carry them? What is it that attracts you to themle gramme?
My wedding ring and my lover's ring. A wedding ring : 1g half rush of polished red gold for me and 3g brushed white gold for him. I like the simplicity of their lines, their purity. They go to the essential, they are for me like a tattoo, something we would wear every day and that would be part of us.

If you had to write a song aboutle gramme...
It would be a song about things you can't separate, about the importance of distinguishing what's essential or about a friend who never leaves you.
"It would be a song about things you don't separate, about the importance of distinguishing the essential or about a friend who never leaves you. »
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