Today we’d like to introduce you to Julian Hall.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Julian. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I grew up in a big, crazy family where music was almost like another sibling. Every day started with MTV, BET & VH1 videos in rotation. Car rides were Prince and Parliament. Mixtape Weezy was the soundtrack to Saturday chores. Funny enough though, I never really picked up an instrument growing up, and it wasn’t until I joined an after-school hip hop class that I stumbled into finding my voice as an MC and eventually a songwriter. Since then it’s grown from a hobby to a full on lifestyle. Music has been there for every up and every down, mirroring my every step of growth and evolution along the way. My only ambition is to make music that makes people feel the way my idols make me feel, and hopefully reach the point where I’m successful enough to wake up and get to do it every day.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Life’s never really a smooth road is it? I’ve definitely hit my fair share of potholes. Financing and wearing all the hats this path requires can be a hell of a grind. I’m pretty candid in my music about my longtime struggles with mental health, along with a host of other family and relationship issues. My songs are like a living, breathing journal; and for someone who has trouble expressing themselves, writing them can be a really cathartic experience.
Can you give our readers some background on your music?
I’m a rapper/songwriter first and foremost. I’m learning the art of production right now, feels like i’m getting better very day. Lyrically, I’ve always been in love with memorable wordplay and flow patterns, but I think the thing I’m most proud of in my own music is vulnerability in the stories I tell. As long as I’ve done music, I’ve been trying to find answers for myself in the songs I write. Somewhere along the way, I found a way to inspire people, people who didn’t know they weren’t alone. Neither did I.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
Luck has definitely helped me do things like book a gig here and there. And bad luck has put me in a few tough spots financially. As I’ve gotten more serious with my dedication to the pursuit of this craft, I’ve learned that luck tends to shine on those who consistently put themselves and their art out there and consider every situation they encounter as an opportunity.
- Instagram: @julesdorado
- Other: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7DgEEu2dUfAjOc99z6nDAE
Kayla de Guzman for main photo. Various included: Kayla de Guzman, Jasmine Elmore