JULIAN’S LULLABY

This is a really cool Greek band that I have just recently discovered. Check out JULIAN’S LULLABY. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

We live in a world where there are literally millions of bands to check out. What do you have that sets you apart?
-Well, would rather not think like this as it’s not motivating and probably would not even start a band in the first place! Parthenogenesis as such does not exist so anyone trying to set own music apart should try, probably fail and then retry over and over again, it’s the journey that mostly counts. You can try for example some different arrangements, some unexpected parts in a song or come up with a melody that sticks in one’s mind… It’s persistence and continuity that pay off, not necessarily trying to do something that has never happened before! It is cool no doubt to do things a bit your way and not just copy bands you love.

How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-It’s true we spent sometime to pick an unusual name so to say, something that probably one can react with a “what should I expect to listen?” attitude. We try to match diverse elements in our music since the beginning and band name should be no exception of course!

What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-Inspiration can be anything, from a book you read, a movie you see, a story you hear, everyday moments and feelings, art by definition is not expected to give any answers, it is just a matter of self-expression… Would rather not talk about bands in particular, it’s just heavy metal with goth, classical/ symphonic and folk elements along with duo male/ female vocals.

What is the advantages/disadvantages of CD and vinyl these days of internet promotion where digital seems to be king?
-Being a CD/ vinyl lover myself cannot be that neutral or objective. Apparently digital is dominating and transforming industry by industry nowadays and this won’t change. Internet seems to provide new bands especially with self-management/ promotional tools and this is all great, however CD/ vinyl sales are continuously dropping. Not to mention webzines over traditional printed ‘zines…

I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when your out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
-Similar to previous answer, industry is in an ongoing transformation, to me CD is more like a luxurious business-card, vinyl sales are doing a bit better as it’s considered more “authentic” but anyhow both media have a very limited target market which will probably shrink. Of course don’t expect they disappear although more and more artists choose self-released only digital material.

What part does art work and lay out play? Any message that you want to bring forth with it?
-Our aim is not be any provocative or extreme with own image, prefer to draw attention with music and artwork is nonetheless important as it’s another view. It’s always a picture that tries to be in harmony with the music concept.

Is it a whole different way to promote a band today with all these social media channels? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way? Playing live and word of mouth.
-Goal is always the same, media are changing or evolving. Bands still need word of mouth, doing gigs and the like, but promotion is mostly based on social media, internet etc. There are no shortcuts to hard-work either way, bad thing that there are NO Big Bands in a traditional sense anymore because of oversupply if I may use the term.

Do you feel like you are a part of a scene, locally, nationally and internationally?
-Sure thing we do, have always felt like that!

How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-Touring and gigging is always the best and most effective way, not to mention fun and awesome memories!

What will the future bring?
-Well, wish I knew (or maybe not)? Set jokes aside would be great if we could gig more, spread the word more and be healthy and together for another round!

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