We had the good fortune of connecting with Giulia Dukes and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Giulia, why did you pursue a creative career?
When I was very young my parents realized quite soon that sports weren’t something I was very good at so they decided to try with different activities and one of them was music. I was 4 when I took my first piano class and after that it soon became very clear to me that music was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I immediately felt like I had found what I was meant to do and the moment I really became sure was when I wrote my first composition. It was just a simple piano tune but the way I felt, and the way I still feel nowadays whenever I’m composing, well, nothing has ever made me quite as happy and satisfied with myself. I pursued an artistic and creative career because it’s the only thing that keeps me constantly entertained and that never tires me. It’s the only thing in my life where it doesn’t matter how much time is going by, I don’t even realize it! And especially in a moment like the one we’re experiencing now I couldn’t be happier about my career decision because at least I get to write all day and night and that is all I could ask for.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a singer-songwriter, violinist and film composer and my whole life revolves around music. There hasn’t been a time in my life where my main goal wasn’t something music related. Ever since I was 4 years old it’s been my sole purpose in life and I hope it transpires. I studied hours and hours, practiced nonstop for years and I’ve been lucky enough to have a wonderful music education on top of that. I had excellent teachers, at times really bad ones and that was a helpful learning experience too. It was never easy because it’s a path that really requires an immense patience, many waivers, countless failures and it’s definitely not for everybody. But I always felt like all the cons were pretty irrelevant compared to the pros. My motivation and love for music were honestly what kept me going most of the time and my parents and my friends support also really helped out. Nowadays what I’m focusing most of my energy on is my songwriting, both for my own personal project that I have with the amazing producer I work with and for other artists projects that I write for. It’s the most rewarding feeling in the world to listen to something you’ve written and really feel satisfied. This past year was very important to me, I finally got out of my comfort zone and started releasing songs and most importantly I met someone who really encouraged me to put myself out there more, which has been my main recent goal. I now have 3 brand new songs coming out in the next few months and I’m super proud of how they came out and I’m very excited about them and to finally be able to show them to the world.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
One of my absolute favorite spots in LA is the Griffith Observatory, It’s not a particularly original place to go to but it is truly beautiful, especially to watch the sunset or at night. The view is amazing and if you go during the week it’s not overly crowded and you can really get to enjoy it. It’s also pretty romantic and I always thought it’d be a great place for a first date. If I had a friend over and I wanted them to eat some really great food I would probably bring them to Bombay Beach. Their Butter Frankie is one of the most delicious foods I’ve ever had in my whole life and I would recommend it to anyone passing by LA. If I had to recommend a really cool spot to spend the night, have fun, listen to great music and dance nonstop I would definitely suggest going to Good Times at Davey Wayne’s. It’s in Hollywood, there’s often live music and when there isn’t there’s usually a DJ who only plays music from the 70s and 80s, the entrance door is a FRIDGE and there’s an indoor and outdoor space, which in a place like LA, that never really gets cold, is pretty convenient. Last but not least I’d recommend taking a walk around the Silver Lake area because it’s full of really adorable little vintage stores, great food places (a little pricey sometimes but really tasty) and there are a lot of young people over there and it’s a pretty cool scene to explore. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are many people who encouraged me throughout my musical path and surely the most important were my parents. They always pushed me to do my best, always supported my decisions and always encouraged me without putting too much pressure on me. My dad helped me learn theory, he would literally spend hours transcribing etudes on Finale back when you couldn’t find them on YouTube just so I could hear how they were meant to be played. He even learned a little bit of violin, in order to help me with my posture in the beginning. My mom believed in my singing abilities and she signed me up for voice lessons and that literally changed my life. Overall I think that the efforts they made in order to make me study music are a big part of what gave me the strength to never give up and I strongly believe that I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for them.

Website: https://emilydukes.wixsite.com/giuliaemilydukes

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/giuliaemilydukes/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/giulia-duchi-giulia-dukes-ab68a5170/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/giuliadukes

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3EGj9gO0AKVVoD13bDQWCQ

Other: Tiktok : https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMeMTr9Ts/

Image Credits
Luis Zavaleta

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