Artist: Julia Carlucci
Single: "Take Me Down"
How did you come up with the name for your new single “Take Me Down”?
When I write songs, I usually fiddle around on the piano and try to sing whatever melodies or lyrics that come to mind. The words “Take me down” were one of the first things that came out when I was writing. As the song developed, that line always stuck out because it was the strongest. That’s how I knew it would be the title of the song.
Is there a specific person or event that inspired this track?
This song relates to several experiences I’ve had in the past. Whether it’s the “heartbreaker”, the “unavailable” guy, the “bad timing” guy, etc., I’ve been interested in all of them at some point. There was always a reason why I “shouldn’t” have been with them but somehow got emotionally involved anyway. "Take Me Down" describes that moment of “Uh oh…I’m in love now and there’s no turning back.”
What sparked your aural addiction?
Michael Jackson’s “Black or White” - I was obsessed. I remember coming home from school and playing it over and over again on the big portable stereo in my room. That’s one of my earliest memories of truly loving a piece of music.
Who would you like to collaborate with?
Ahh, there’s so many artists I’d love to collaborate with. Off the top of my head, it would be Ed Sheeran or Adele.
Are there any genres of music you would like to try or avoid?
I’d love to dive into some heavy 90s vibes - kind of like what Bruno is doing right now. Nothing I’d try to avoid really, it’s always good to stay open-minded with music.
If/when you’re lacking inspiration, how do you kickstart your creativity?
The key for me is to take the pressure off of writing so that inspiration comes more freely. I try to do things that are creative but don’t really have anything to do with writing music. I’ll bake something, free write in my journal for a few days or take a dance class. Those things take the pressure off but still trigger creativity and allow me to break through those walls.
What was the first album you ever bought?
I think it was Metamorphosis by Hilary Duff. That album was EVERYTHING!!
What is currently on your playlist?
There’s a lot of great music I’m listening to right now but some of my everyday go-tos are: “Slide” - Calvin Harris, “Still Feel Like Your Man” - John Mayer, and “Distraction” - Kehlani.
What is your favorite type of performance venue?
Hmmm, that’s tricky. I’m a sucker for an intimate performance setting but I also love a big stage that I can strut all over, haha. That doesn’t really answer your question… my favourite type of performance venue is one with great sound!! How bout dat?
You’re from Toronto, how have your surroundings influenced your music?
Toronto has definitely influenced my work ethic when it comes to music. I feel like Canadian artists have always been viewed in the industry as the little brother to huge music cities like Los Angeles or London. We have to work twice as hard just to get in the game and more importantly, stay there. Living here and being around other Toronto artists has taught me how to really hustle and stay focused. I’m so thankful for that.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
I’m terrified of fireworks and rollercoasters (embarrassing, I know).
Anything you’d like to add?
I’m currently working on some new music! Stay tuned :)