We had the good fortune of connecting with Julia Lucius and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Julia, what do you want people to remember about you?
What a loaded question. I find the idea of “legacy” to be a little topical in some cases. When we think about the greatest of greats— in music in particular— we think of a voice, a face, or a song that played a few too many times on the radio. Beyond these attributes stand people who experienced life, like all of us, as a human. They needed love, affection and community like we all do. They were not inherently “better” people than anyone else, they just took opportunities and made choices that put them in the position to influence great groups of people. To me, I think my greatest purpose in my lifetime is to be kind. I want to be remembered for bringing sunshine into a room regardless of the weight I might be carrying. I want to be an open door for those who need more— more love, more listening, more care. I want to be remembered— not necessarily by the world, but by the people who know me— as someone who treats every person with respect and refrains from judgement. I want to be remembered for my empathy— for wearing the shoes of those who have less than me, those who have more, those with different colored skin and those who challenge social norms. I want to deliver these messages through music. I don’t want music to be the reason, I want it to be the vessel. I don’t want people to know my face, I want them to turn my song on when they need to ugly cry into a pillow or dance alone in their rooms after a first date. In the little moments in between, thats when I want to be remembered, in the little things.
How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
Where I am today is the result of many little decisions and situations that shaped me into the artist I am. Growing up without a lot monetarily allowed me to detach my sense of security with the amount of money I have, and moving a lot has given me the ability to establish my home in the people I surround myself with. I am so proud of who I am today and the creative that has come out of the adversity. There were a lot of moments that could have broken me, and I think those moments were turning points. They were the game changing decisions, like plowing through the tough times to get to better ones on the other side. I am so excited for the music I am working on right now. I’m getting ready to release a bunch of work and I can’t WAIT for you guys to hear it.
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.
I’m going to assume this is post-covid dream land because if it weren’t, I would probably cook at home and beach it most days. If everything were open, I would take them to a new coffee shop every morning, something I love to do when I travel to new cities. I’d be sure to take them to the clichés like Abbot Kinney and all that jazz, but I’d book most of our nights full with live music. The Troubadour, The Palladium, The Hotel Café being some of my favorite venues, I’d make sure to hit each of them at least once. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I give so much credit to my dad. As a child, he instilled in me the importance of empathy and kindness. When I was about 6 or 7 years-old, we would talk for hours each night about politics, religion and philosophy. Developing my autonomy at such a young age gave me the freedom to establish my own beliefs and think for myself as I got older. My dad is definitely the reason for all of that, so I owe so much to him.