We had the good fortune of connecting with Jules Whelpton and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jules, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk taking is putting yourself out there without any safety net. It is very much frightening, but if you are doing it with an end goal in mind, and you are willing to put in the work to achieve your end goal, there is no reason not to take a risk! In my life, I would have never met my connections in the music business, nor would I have ever gotten the experience if I had played it safe and just waited for the connections to come to me. About ninety percent of the time, they will never come.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My artistic side is in the form of music. I used to feel that playing bass as a female set me apart from others in my community, however, thankfully that is slowly becoming less of a rarity these days. I’d say learning to mix and master, while also running live sound, are skills that many would not know I perform these days. In short, I am a true D.I.Y. musician who has learned to promote and work on other music related skills in my career. It has not been easy, and still is not easy, but I am constantly learning from others via Youtube, friends, and more recently professional college courses. Ultimately, I would want to share with the world how a girl with a bass, computer, DAW, headphones, and a two channel interface can successfully achieve their dreams, as I have done, even during a pandemic.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If we were visiting the one of the entertainment capitals of the USA, in Los Angeles, CA, I would begin by showing them the amazing area of West Hollywood, or WeHo as many know it. There are many clubs like the world renowned Whisky A Go-Go and restaurants like Mel’s Drive-in or the Rainbow, where entertainment history has been made over the last century! If this friend was a rock and roller, I’d suggest for them to stay at the famous, La Cienega Motel where Jim Morrison from the Doors used to live while his band would play at the Whisky. And of course, what wouldn’t be a Hollywood trip without a hike to see the Hollywood sign! Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to give a shoutout to my amazing band, Fairplay, who was just featured in the San Diego Voyager Shoutout series. We’ve had some setbacks during the pandemic, and have had some member changes throughout the years, but we have remained strong and tight through it all. We pour a lot of time and energy through our endeavors, and hopefully we will be able to share them with the masses soon!
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