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At just 18-years-old, Julia Bhatt‘s musical talent extends well beyond her years. She earned her very first job in 2016, where she performed a weekly gig at a popular restaurant in the Coconut Grove neighborhood of Miami. The length of the gig? Three hours straight.
But her experience and dedication don’t end there.
Since then, Bhatt has performed at her high school’s Rock For Relief, rocked Miami Beach’s Lincoln Road stage of the Miami edition of the annual global Make Music events, and played gigs for SoFar Sounds in New York and Philadelphia. Most recently, Bhatt released “Miami,” a lively ode to the vibrancy of the city she calls home.
We caught up with the young artist to chat about her new single and what she has in store for the rest of 2020.
Your latest single pays homage to your hometown, Miami. How has growing up in such a vibrant city affected the way you approach music?
I grew up around everything, so I would say it allowed for me to become comfortable with diversity, both in music and otherwise. That’s why it’s so hard to label my music with a genre or something, because i like so much stuff and try to include as much as i can.
Your sister Anna created the cover art for “Miami.” Is it safe to say you grew up in a creative household?
I would say so. Not all artistically creative though; my mom does marketing and branding, and she writes a lot. My dad is very passionate about food and loves to cook always. We’ve all got our talents 🙂
How was working with producer Elliot Jacobson (Ingrid Michaelson, Elle King, Vérité) on “Miami” (and the other tracks) and what have you taken away from collabing with him that you might not have gotten from working with another producer?
I can say shit like, “It needs more oomf” and he’s like, “Got it.” I’ve taken music theory and I hated it so it’s awesome to be able to make music, serious music, while using half music theory and half random words that he somehow understands and makes a reality. I’ve never experienced that with anyone else.
When it comes to your creative process, which comes to you first: the lyrics or the melody?
Usually melody but it’s not a specific process. It’s typically random so I can never pinpoint the exact order.
Any plans to release an EP or LP this year?
Possibly … !!!!
This June you’ll head out on your first ever tour alongside MUTLU (assuming COVID-19 doesn’t interfere); What about the tour are you most looking forward to?
I love traveling, especially to little towns and such that you wouldn’t normally stop in, so I’m excited to explore, mostly. Obviously, I’m incredibly excited to meet people from all over and play some songs!
Lastly, what tips do you have for aspiring artists who might not know where to start?
Nobody knows how to start. You just gotta figure out what you’re after. Make sure it’s for the right reasons, and then just do what you can. Play often, listen to a lot of music, and just have fun with it.