Your new single “The Lighthouse” was just released. It’s just your second single, but do you have future plans for more music?
I constantly have artists wanting me to sing on their songs which is amazing because I can be a pit more choosy now. Im always being featured on new music, so I have a steady stream of content coming out the next few months. As for my own stuff, I’m currently working on two songs.
What made you want to experiment with an EDM-oriented pop sound?
I listen to all kinds of music but something about EDM just fits the “darkness” of lyrics so well. For example, my song Mountain Lion with MKJ. The lyrics sound like party/fun lyrics in passing but if you listen closely it’s about having a fun/partying front while youre actually struggling on the inside. Compare to Sia’s Chandelier, for example, it sounds happy but it isnt. The dance feel of EDM is just borderlining on happy but it’s also so heavy and dark and it just fits my style of writing so well. A friend told me my songs make her want to dance and cry at the same time.
Besides your music - you also have an Instagram account called Bath Tub Eats. How did that come to be?
So I came home from a jog one day and I was sweaty, tired, and hungry all at once, so I decided to eat a burrito in the bath tub. It fell apart (as burritos do) and I took a picture. I instantly felt people connect/relate to the project so I made it it’s own thing.
How would you describe your personal brand?
Thats something Ive thought a LOT about since starting over solo and I’m not sure if I am any closer in finding it. I want to be this cool, dynamic person and from afar I almost pull that look off. But deep down Im going through a lot of stuff right now and I have this conviction to air that out publicly, so Im not another face on social media pretending everything is awesome and pushing others deeper into their own depression. Im trying to find balance with that.
What do you hope listeners take away from your music?
I guess I want pop music to have meaning again. If someone is listening to my lyrics and it makes them go “hmmm,” then Ive accomplished my goal.
Are you planning on playing any shows in the near future?
What do you think a Julie Elody show would be like? Oh dear lord, Ive been trying to figure out how to play this music live for 8 months now. Im not a very good dancer so Id probably hide behind my keyboard and just let the music stand for itself. I do sound really good singing live though, I just cant dance!