IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
JULIUN STARKS: I’ve been involved with music since birth. My dad played an enormous role in my musical background, whether it was encouraging me to play instruments (primarily trumpet and violin) or introducing me to different genres of music and different artists and musicians. In elementary school, for show and tell and other things of that nature, I used to sing and dance in front of my class. I was also involved in choir, band, and orchestra since I was 8 years old. Being involved in those fields really helped develop my love and passion for music, the emotion, and the veracity of it.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
JULIUN STARKS: Music for me has always been a safe haven. It’s always been a way for me to express the feelings and sentiments that were hard for me to talk about. As I’ve continued to write and release songs, I’ve realized that I may not be the only one going through whatever it is that I’m singing about. That in itself, can be therapeutic as well. So, one of my main desires for recording and releasing my own music is to continue to have that venue to express myself. I can help others get through rough times in their lives via my music.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
JULIUN STARKS: My songs are about a myriad of different topics. They vary from deep, introspective records, to uptempo, party records that you can let loose and dance too. For me, it’s like Michael Jackson once said, “I don’t sing it if I don’t mean it.” Ultimately, I would say that my music is about me and whatever it is that I’m feeling at the time.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
JULIUN STARKS: I have been influenced by a lot of musicians for different reasons. I first looked to the legends such as Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Barry White, Prince, Jackie Wilson, etc. I also looked to rap and hip hop artists such as Tupac, Public Enemy, Notorious B.I.G. and others, primarily for the passion that they displayed, the story telling. I like the way that they were able to flip their words and lyrics. I’m also influenced by modern day artists such as Chris Brown, Usher, Trey Songz, and many more.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
JULIUN STARKS: I would describe my music as something that people can relate to. Whether it’s a love song, an introspective song, or a party song, it’s relatable. It varies from soulful to exciting.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
JULIUN STARKS: I hate to sound cliché, but I think the main thing would be being me, Juliun Starks. I have my own stories to tell and messages to convey and the way that I tell and deliver them are different.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in your music career and how did you overcome it?
JULIUN STARKS: One of the hardest things for me at first, besides the obvious monetary boundaries, would be finding genuine people who honestly want to collaborate and assist me in navigating the industry. The way that I’ve overcome it is by going through bad experiences with it, learning from them, and surrounding myself with goal oriented people.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
JULIUN STARKS: I am currently working on posting an original or cover/remix song every week on my soundcloud and youtube accounts. I look at it as a way to continue to push myself and delve into my creativity.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
JULIUN STARKS: Ultimately, I want to be one of the best that has ever done it. I want to be a respected and renowned artist in the industry. I want my music to reach the masses and continue to help others through hard times. In 10 years, I hope to still be doing what I love to do, and that is creating music. I see myself being able to influence in a much greater capacity, than I am today, and that’s really what I hope to be doing.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
JULIUN STARKS: There are many ways that fans can directly contact me and listen to my music, whether it’s Facebook (/iamjuliunstarks), Youtube, Soundcloud, Instagram, Reverbnation (/juliunstarks), or Vine (/skratspaper). However, the fastest way to reach me would definitely be via Twitter (/juliunstarks). I’m always on there and checking to see what’s going on, you might say that I have a slight twitter addiction.
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