We had the good fortune of connecting with Julian De Vizio and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Julian, what role has risk played in your life or career?
My whole life has been about risk taking and having the courage to back myself and stand behind my convictions. I left school as a sophomore to audition for X Factor Australia to fulfil my life ambition and to get a start as a professional performer. It paid off! My boy band “The Collective”, was formed during the season, we were mentored by Ronan Keating, got to travel to London and subsequently signed by Sony Music. We earned 2 gold records. The risk had paid off. We disbanded in 2015 to pursue solo careers so I took the next big risk to leave home and family and move to LA to pursue a music career and I’m still here. Taking a risk can be scary but it is always a learning experience and it can pay off. Mine did!!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Forging a career as a singer is never easy. There are always bumps in the road and you just have to develop your resilience and have faith in yourself to keep moving on. It was an exciting and successful 4 year ride in Australia but it came to an end and pursuing a solo career here in LA has been full of challenges. You arrive and no-one knows you so you have to make connections and build a network to help you get some recognition. I have been able to collaborate with some great writers and been able to regularly produce musically strong songs for my catalogue. I am a pop singer and I strive for my material to have strong beats and hooks that engage the listener and want them to hear more. I aim to always give an entertaining show full of energy and I see developing as a performer a growing experience, always striving to improve the product. Recently I have added a horn line to my band to give a punchier and more entertaining experience. The biggest challenge for all musicians at the moment is the ceasing of all live performance opportunities but at Sparam Entertainment we have kept the vibe going through weekly livestreams which gives me an outlet to showcase my new material.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
LA never sleeps (or it didn’t before Covid) so a trip here is always fun. I love to eat at the Cheesecake Factory, hit the beach at Santa Monica or Venice. For a drink, I love to hit up Toca Madera. It’s such a cool hip place and the food is amazing. Also any bars around the Santa Monica area are great too. I would definitely take them to Universal Studios! I’m a huge Harry Potter fan so any excuse to get back there I take!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
In the first instance my family was very supportive in letting me leave school and pursue my dreams through auditioning on X Factor. Since arriving in LA I have been signed to Sparam Entertainment which is a great management company dedicated to nurturing young musicians. Founded by a good friend of mine and CEO of the company, Patrick Bojanic has supported my development as an artist through providing performance opportunities, producing tracks, putting together my backing band and hooking me up with Superpop Records for some lucrative licensing deals.
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