Six Questions With Julian Fulton
Six Questions With Julian Fulton
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Next in the hot seat is New Jersey-based indie singer-songwriter Julian Fulton. We have had the privilege of featuring Julian Fulton here on the pages of Indie Minded, so we are thrilled to bring you this short interview. If you’re not familiar with him, sit back and enjoy! This is what is great about this series – the discovery of new music.
For those who may not be familiar, please tell us about your music: the type of music you play, where you are from, and how you got started?
I’m from New Jersey. I guess the music I make is rooted in rock & roll and pop, but it wavers in and out of a lot of genres I think. I was always really into music, but didn’t really start heavily writing or playing until I rediscovered my parents’ records at the age of 12 or so. Picking through their music collections was like a tidal wave of nostalgia and self-discovery that helped bring me to who I am today as a songwriter and a listener.
As an artist, how do you define success?
Success by most musicians today would probably just be defined as the ability to make a living as a musician, without any other day-job or whatnot. But I’d also define success as being proud of what you write, release, and perform, and having any sort of positive effect on others in the process.
What do you find to be your greatest struggle when it comes to the music business?
I can be pretty introverted and self-conscious, self-deprecating even. It makes me terrible at networking and putting myself out there. I’m always assuming everyone thinks I’m a hack and I hate the idea of overselling myself and coming off as another pushy, arrogant musician whose sales ethic is better than their music. The irony is that being shy can often be interpreted as arrogance anyway.
If you could only play ONE of your songs for the rest of your career, which one would it be?
It’s hard to imagine enjoying playing only one song indefinitely, no matter the song. That said, I can only assume that the song I’ll most enjoy playing hasn’t been recorded yet. Might not even be written yet. There are songs of mine I like more than others, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re my favorite to play, so I’m really not sure. But if I HAD to pick, maybe “Broken Nostalgia,” an as-of-yet unreleased track.
Who do you consider your greatest influences?
There’s way too many to get into, but generally, Motown and a lot of the soul music of the 60’s and 70’s, The Beatles, Radiohead, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, Beck, Sly & The Family Stone, Tom Waits, Donovan, T. Rex, Curtis Mayfield, Elliott Smith, a lot of 90’s hip hop, Amy Winehouse, Ennio Moriconne, Grizzly Bear, and so much more.
Outside of music, what do you like to do that you feel contributes to the creativity that you tap into for your music?
I’ve always had a deep love of film and art, and that often comes into play. Whether it’s the songs taking on cinematic and thematic qualities or the artwork that goes with a release, I feel like my music is always affected by a more general sense of storytelling and expression. Especially in today’s world, there’s so much room for many mediums to coexist beautifully, and there’s always a real desire for music that reaches beyond a speaker. I’d like for these visual components to play a much larger role in my music, and hope to gain the resources to do so.