We had the good fortune of connecting with Juliane Hooper and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Juliane, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Well, I’ll start defining what an artist is to me. Being an artist goes beyond choosing a career. I believe nobody chooses to be an artist.
Being an artist is something that comes from the soul, and, once you realize that, it’s a one way street.
You can’t ignore that part of you and you cannot choose not to be an artist. This is what I’ve learned in my not-so-rare existential reflections!
If you are privileged enough, then you get to choose whether or not to share your art with the world, and whether you want a career out of that or not.
I’ve decided I want to pursue this artistic and creative career – as a singer and songwriter – because this is the biggest purpose I have in my life, and one of the few things that make me fulfilled and make me feel accomplished in this world. Romantic much? I know, but I’ve got no other explanation.
Music is what drives me and helps me get in touch with my deepest emotions, I feel whole, at last.
So, I’ll keep pursuing my artistic career and improving my skills every single day, as I want my work to reflect what I mentioned before: something that comes from the soul and touches people. A visceral sound.
The road is certainly bumpy, mostly financially for independent artists. However, I’m certain I’ll be an artist until my last days here.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I started singing with friends and at karaoke bars, I liked it but I didn’t know I had actual skills and talent.
Then, I started my first band, I sang all kinds of styles, mostly Rock. A few years later I found myself in Blues, R&B and Soul. I enjoy listening to different music styles and as I’m a young composer, I’m still finding my own thing. I believe I have a good vocal identity and it’s my strength. I’ve studied vocal techniques with a method that has helped me a lot.
I believe balancing the feeling with the technique creates something beautiful.
I would say the biggest challenges have been: lack of financial resources and being a woman in the music field. To overcome this, women should be fierce, strong and resistant. We cannot let anyone be in charge of our decisions, our will, or our art. We’ve got to own it and walk tall, always.
I’m really excited and looking forward to sharing my music with the world.
When people listen to my music, I want them to have a similar experience I have when I’m making it: music from the soul, touching and visceral. Entertainment, yes, but so much more!
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 thank everyone who has supported me in different ways that brought me here. My family and friends; and also the people that listen to me and have been following my work.
Evandro Feliciano, Rick Carvalho, Murilo Folgosi