Posted On 22 Mar 2017
Julia Carlucci is a Toronto-based, multi-talented artist. Influenced by the likes of Adele, Alicia Keys and Beyoncé, Julia is known for her powerhouse vocals, emotional delivery and electrifying presence. As a veteran of the stage, Julia has commanded the attention of audiences across North America with her dynamic personality and voice, appearing regularly alongside some of Canada’s preeminent musicians.
With years of experience under her belt, she is stepping into the forefront of the Toronto music scene as a solo artist. Her highly anticipated debut EP, “For Me”, was released in July 2015. For the past couple of years, Julia has been working on new music that she’s now eager to share with her growing fan-base.
Julia’s debut single “Take Me Down” was released on February 17th accompanied by the official music video, directed by Merik Williams. The Adele-inspired track illustrates the inner struggle of love’s uncertainty and the age-old battle of “head-versus-heart”. Produced by Cat Lewis and Andrew Kesler, Julia explains “Take Me Down is about falling for someone you know you shouldn’t. It’s when your head knows better but your heart is too curious to walk away. Although the lyrics are vulnerable, I always imagined the song with a strong sound and upbeat vibe, so the production needed to be just right. It needed to have that throwback feel but still punch like a contemporary pop record and I think we definitely achieved that.” Take Me Down is now available on all digital and streaming platforms.
Learn more about Julia Carlucci in the following All Access interview:
Thanks for your time! What are some words you would use to describe 2016? What were some of the highlights for you and your music? What are you most excited about for 2017?
My pleasure! 2016 was about me laying down the ground work for 2017 and forced me to exercise patience. I had to get all my ducks in a row in order to make “Take Me Down” as successful as possible and that required a lot of patience. People who aren’t artists don’t understand how much time, money and effort goes into making art so it’s a constant battle between keeping fans engaged while taking the time to perfect a piece of art. That being said, I’m most excited to execute all of the plans I made in 2016 – more shows, more videos, more music!
Growing up, did you always want to be a musician? Can you recall your first musical memory?
As a kid, I just knew that I loved music. It wasn’t until high school where I said to myself “Yeah, I could totally dedicate my life to this.” When I was little I had this huge stereo in my room and every day I would blast stuff like Whitney’s “I Will Always Love You” and MJ’s “Black or White” over and over and over again. This would happen every single day and I would just dance to music in my room for what felt like hours.
What was the inspiration for your recently released debut single “Take Me Down”? How creatively involved were you with the making of the music video for this song?
This song was inspired by 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.”
As for my involvement, I was involved in every single detail of the music video for this song – creatively, logistically, everything! That’s the best part about being an independent artist. I have complete control of everything I do.
When do you hope to release more new music? Do you plan to put a full-length album soon?
I’m hoping to have another original release in the summertime. I also love putting together cover videos (my most recent is a cover of “I Feel It Coming” by The Weeknd) so maybe I’ll release a couple of those to tie everybody over, haha. No plans for a full-length album yet but maybe in 2018!
How do you think you have changed since your first EP “For Me” that was released in the Summer of 2015?
Man, I’ve changed a whole lot. Music naturally evolves as artists get older and I’ve done a lot of growing up over the last two years. I’m more confident now and I definitely have a better sense of who I am as an artist. “Take Me Down” feels more me (Julia Carlucci at 24 years old) and is more along the lines of the musical direction I want to go moving forward.
What artists have continued to inspire you and your music? Who would you absolutely love to work with in the future?
Adele and Beyonce are my Top 2 “Biggest Inspirations” for sure. Those queens are my ultimate collab goals but I’d also love to work with Jon Bellion and Max Martin.
At the end of the day, what do you hope your fans take away from your music? What do you hope is the message of your songs?
I just want to write stuff that people can relate to. If I can help someone through a difficult time or even brighten up their day a little bit then I’ve done my job and I’m happy.
Is there anything else that you would like to share with our readers about yourself and your music?
I’m currently in LA recording my next single! Be on the look out for new music from ya girl