Believing that nothing matters more than the words, Julia cites Ani diFranco's lines from I'm No Heroine: 'I just write about what I should have done; I just sing what I wish I could say' as her manifesto, and her colourful, candid lyrics are riddled with emotions.
How long have you been making music?
I started writing songs in my mid-teens and had a number of bands at school. When I was 18 I was introduced to Tony Moore, who at that time was running the Kashmir Klub, an iconic acoustic venue in Marylebone where a lot of singer-songwriters started out. I've been writing and performing ever since.
What inspired your latest album?
My album I Am Not The Night was my first solo record (I released three previously as part of a trip-hop trio called Second Person). In it I was considering themes like memory, love, regret and bravery. Musically it was inspired by artists such as Joni Mitchell, Tom Waits and Ani diFranco, but I also drew influences from old movies, poetry and children's literature.
What process do you go through to create your music?
I tend to start with a small figure on the piano, like a set of four chords and a riff, and then think of some words (normally nonsensical) that fit rhythmically. Then I go away from the piano and try and build a set of lyrics that has a shape and a story. I like to write on buses and while walking around London.
How would you describe your sound?
Ethereal, moody, quirky, piano-led; sometimes funny, sometimes sad.
What would your dream collaboration be?
I would love to work with Peter Gabriel.
Where can we catch you performing next?
I currently have a residency at the Troubadour (legendary venue in Earls Court) where I play on the first Thursday of every month.
Julia's album I Am Not The Night is available on iTunes: