Emerging Connecticut singer-songwriter Juls has swiftly caught the attention of listeners through roaring passion-driven vocals & charismatic creativity, which has already landed her in Wonderland Magazine, Variance, & several Spotify editorial playlists.
Taking inspiration from the likes of Taylor Swift & Lana del Rey, Juls is back with her latest release, “Heartbreaker”, which looks to remind people of the magic that can come from the smaller moments.
Juls has kindly taken the time to speak with Fierce & Fabulous Revolution regarding “Heartbreaker”, along with getting to know more from the artist behind the music. You can find the full interview below.
Hey Juls, thank you so much for this interview. Can you tell the readers a little bit about yourself?
Juls: Hi, thank you guys for having me. My name is Juls, and I’m a singer and songwriter from Connecticut. When I was eight years old, my dad built me and my sister, Jacqs, a makeshift stage in our basement and soon after, we were completely hooked; Jacqs was my presenter, and I was the star of the show, prancing onto the stage in my sparkly bodysuits and 6-inch heels. Quite a bit has changed since then, but one thing has remained the same: our shared love for music. Now, with Jacqs by my side as my manager, we are pursuing our dream of music together.
With time, I have developed as a singer, songwriter, and musician, but my burning desire to inspire through this art form has remained the same. I once believed that the dream worlds I was creating for fun would only ever exist within the confines of my basement. However, I am now turning these dreams into my reality, and I could not be more excited to share them with everyone on a bigger platform. My music is greatly inspired by Taylor Swift and Lana Del Ray – I listened to both growing up and they helped me through many difficulties in adolescence. I hoped that one day my music would do the same for people. I just released my second single this year, “Heartbreaker” and I am so excited to finally share this song with the world. So much heart and soul goes into every song; I write everything myself so they’re incredibly personal works of art.
When did you first discover your passion for music?
Juls: I think I loved singing before I knew how to walk; my admiration for music was really noticeable
from a really young age, and one of my earliest memories is watching my grandfather’s hands fly across the keys of his piano. My mom said I would sit on the piano stool with him and listen for hours, only becoming antsy when she tried to move me away from the music. Undoubtedly, my pull towards music has always felt innate and reverent, and this passion only intensified with age.
Have you always known that you wanted to pursue a career within the music industry?
Juls: I would say that I’ve always had a magnetic attraction to music and songwriting, but I didn’t necessarily know if I could turn it into a career. Now, I know with full confidence that this is not only what I want to do, but what I was made to do.
How would you currently describe your musical style?
Juls: My music can best be described as a mix between Lana del Rey and Taylor Swift. I place a big emphasis on storytelling through my lyrics.
You recently released the new single “Heartbreaker”, which sounds amazing. How did the idea for this song come together?
Juls: I wrote the hook for this new song in my bedroom in Los Angeles last summer. I distinctly remember looking out my window and thinking about how heartbreak has a butterfly effect of sorts; people never break more hearts than when they are heartbroken because they often turn to others to ease their own pain. This
person may simply be looking in another’s eyes to erase the haunting memory of the ones they are trying to forget.. in the process, the people with fresh eyes may become heartbroken and taint themselves in a cyclical and sorta achingly ironic way. So I decided to write a song about this cycle of heartbreak and heartbreaking, building off of this play on words to create the hook.
Did you always know that you wanted to release “Heartbreaker” as a single?
Juls: When we made Heartbreaker, I had no idea what it would become. I knew that I loved the idea of the cycle of Heartbreak and the narrative plot, but it just sounded so different on my acoustic guitar that I couldn’t have possibly imagined what it would turn into. When I heard the produced track, I think I really looked at the song with fresh eyes; I didn’t know that it needed to be a single, but I did know it was art that I was immensely proud of and wanted the world to hear as soon as possible.
What does this song personally mean to you?
Juls: I love this song; I love the way the lyrics zoom in on one girl’s experience to make a broader, overarching statement about the cyclical nature of heartbreak. Personally, I’ve always been really attracted to music that is smart – lyrics that force you to think more deeply and can take on a new meaning with each new listen. I really enjoyed writing this song because I feel like I got to have a lot of fun with lyrical complexities and juxtapositions (ex: “heartbreak makes a heartbreaker”, “so smooth and rough”, “once upon a time”). Hopefully, this gives listeners the opportunity to uncover new layers with every listen and make the song their own.
If listeners could take something away from this song, what would you like it to be?
Juls: When I was in ninth grade, I read the book “The Fault in Our Stars,” and one quote really stuck with me: “it’s a metaphor, see: you put the killing thing between your teeth, but you don’t give it the power to do its killing.” This song is about a girl who puts the killing thing between her teeth – who thinks she won’t give it the power to hurt her, but who lets its intoxicating taste cloud her better judgment. It’s about a girl who watches as the same flame she was once so enamoured with grows and engulfs the reflection of the girl she once was. She may never be the same but that’s kinda the point.. our hardships, our losses turn us into new, stronger versions. If you take one thing away from this song, I hope it’s this: the story doesn’t end with the ashes.. they simply mark a new beginning.
What are some of the things you enjoy outside of music?
Juls: In real life, I think I’m sorta nerdy and boring. And maybe that’s what makes me charming and cool? Alright, we get it Juls, enough with the complexities haha. I love coffee. I love hiking and swimming. And most of all? I love reading. I’m a really simple girl and I’ve definitely made peace with the fact that I love peaceful, tranquil activities that stimulate my senses and mental faculties. Oh, and watching Avatar the Last Airbender.
What three words best describe you?
Juls: Intelligent, fiercely loyal, and sweet but strong.
If you could perform a duet with anyone in the world, who would you choose & why?
Juls: LANA DEL REY. She is quite simply the light of my life, the fire of my loins; if you get it, you get
Who would you consider to be your biggest inspiration?
Juls: LANA DEL FUCKING REY.
What advice would you offer to someone who was looking to pursue a career within
the music industry?
Juls: Just start. Start before you think you’re ready. Start before you think you’re good enough. Time flies and there is never gonna be a “perfect time”; if you wait for it, you might find yourself in the same place you started. If you start before you’re ready, you will learn something that will make you better and more prepared for the next experience. As Nike would say, “Just Do It.”
Finally, is there a message that you would like to share with the readers of Fierce &
Juls: This is just the beginning !! I’m so stoked to be sharing this music with you guys and I truly can’t
wait for what’s to come.. I hope you guys will come along with me on the journey of growth,
self-empowerment, and love. Ikigai & enjoy the ride!
You can check out “Heartbreaker” on Spotify below or via further platforms here.