With the release of new single ‘December’ from her debut album, ‘Fledgling’, and a national tour about to kick off, Julia Henning took time out to answer a few questions for Life Music Media.
: What track changed your life ::
Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen. This is the song that introduced me to his lyrics. It is such a haunting and powerful song, with so much feeling placed in each word. Leonard Cohen has become one of my greatest inspirations and helped me to see songwriting as more of a craft to be honed than something I just did for fun.
:: What is your favourite Album ::
Leonard Cohen – Live in London
:: Name a band or artist we should checkout ::
Tim Moore, he supported me at my Tempest single launch in Adelaide and I was completely mesmerised backstage. Such a friendly guy and his music is incredibly beautiful.
::Favourite Quote ::
“You just do it. You force yourself to get up. You force yourself to put one foot before the other, and God damn it, you refuse to let it get to you. You fight. You cry. You curse.Then you go about the business of living. Thatʼs how Iʼve done it. Thereʼs no other way.” – Elizabeth Taylor
:: When on tour, you can’t live without ::
Honey Lady Raw Mallee Honey. It’s the quickest fix for an overworked throat.
:: When you think of Australia, you think ::
Home. A land of warm summer nights and green, winter afternoons, filled with wonderfully diverse people.
:: Worst thing to happen to music is ::
It’s sad to see so many ‘professional’ musicians out there who can’t even play their instruments. It’s hard as a singer, spending so much time on your craft when a model with a clever producer can replace you in an instant. I think music has moved somewhat away from being as ‘real’ and planted in supporting people’s emotions as it once was. I like songs that help me understand what it is to be human but I find a lot of the music aimed at my demographic is more concerned with the realistically trivial themes of living fast and loose.
:: Best thing about the current music industry ::
How easy it is to reach people world wide and interact with fans. I love getting messages from people who have been touched by my music and want to share their story with me. It’s one of the best things about being a musician.
::Biggest influence ::
::Childhood hero ::
My Mum, she really still is my hero. She and my Dad are the two most wonderful, supportive and kind people you ever could meet.
:: When you were younger you wanted to be ::
Both of my parents are Doctors so I often thought that that would be an obvious choice. I also love animals and spent many years hoping to become a vet.
:: Last album bought ::
Tim Moore – Fading Fires
:: First album you ever bought ::
Forgiven Not Forgotten- The Corrs
:: First concert you went to ::
Too many to choose from, though I asked my parents recently and the closest we could think of was seeing Torvel and Dean live on ice.
:: Lastconcert you went to ::
Life Pilot at Black Market in Adelaide.
::Favourite current band ::
Life Pilot are in some ways my sibling band, they have the same drummer and bass player as my line up and I go to almost every one of their shows. They’re a great bunch of guys with a huge amount of passion for what they do. It’s great seeing them live, they’re really something to behold.
::Favourite drink ::
::Favourite book ::
Beauty by Sheri. S Tepper
::Favourite actor ::
Nathan Fillian, especially Firefly era. But I’m also a big fan of Ray Stevenson and Yvonne Strahovski.
::Favourite website ::
I love the workout calendars that Cassey puts out each month. And the app makes it so easy to stay in shape on the road.
:: The best boredom buster is ::
Cats and cat videos. My two cats keep me endlessly entertained at home with the amount of cheeky things they seem to find to do.
:: The best film you ever saw was ::
I’ve always loved ‘Run Lola Run’. The concept is amazing.
:: Your ultimate snack is ::
Wedges with Chilli Jam and Sour Cream. Especially home made or from Smiling Samoyed Brewery.
:: The first thing you do when you wake up is ::
Remove the sleeping cat from my face and then try to remember what day it is.
:: Best piece of advice you’ve received ::
“Never make the mistake of thinking that other people think the same way you do.” – My big sister, Kate.
:: Your biggest aspirations ::
Being able to make songs that people love and to live comfortably from my music.
::Best gift you’ve ever given/received ::
Surprising Mum for her 60th birthday (Which we only barely managed to keep a secret from her) with a show at the Sydney Opera House during which I played her a song I had written specifically for her was a pretty fun gift to give.
I always love receiving home made gifts, especially knowing so many talented artists and amazing cooks, home made gifts are the best.
AUGUST-SEPTEMBER 2014 TOUR DATES
7th August – The Singing Gallery | McLaren Vale, SA
8th August – The Jive | Adelaide, SA
9th August – Fresh on Charles | Launceston, TAS
10th August – Homestead | Hobart, TAS
22nd August – The Catfish Band Room | Melbourne, VIC
23rd August – Grumpys Green | Melbourne, VIC
27th August – Smith’s Alternative | Canberra, ACT
28th August – FBI Social | Sydney, NSW
29th August – Small Ballrom | Newcastle, NSW
30th August – Armidale Club | Armidale, NSW
31st August – No. 5 Church st | Bellingen, NSW
4th September – The Beetle Bar | Brisbane, QLD