Born with a rare and usually fatal lung condition, Julia Henning is now twenty four and one of South Australia's most loved artist. Joining us from the road of her current Drifter Tour we catch up with this young songstress in the lead up to her WOMAD debut.
Can you give us a quick rundown of your music and style?
Sure! Our music is all original, I’ve been writing since I was nine and the style we are moving into more now is indie pop sort of style. Our previous album had more of a rock feel but at the moment we are writing some new stuff and yeah, working towards more of a pop direction.
That can be quite the jump from Rock to Pop!
Yeah, I mean if you listen to Fledging is has quite a mix of genres all brought in together and our new stuff we decided we want to target our music a bit more. All of my band members are brilliant musicians and could play and genre I asked them.
Often when we are writing we can get a bit confused so this time we are experimenting a little bit with saying “let’s make it a little more like this”.
We’re speaking to you today from the road of your current Drifter Tour, where are you at the moment?
Yeah we are actually in Canberra this morning!
How is the tour as a whole going?
Amazing! We are having just the best time.
We’ve been having great crowds, really responsive audience members and amazing support bands in Melbourne. We were able to watch the whole thing and it blew our minds how amazing they were. So yeah, we are having an amazing time.
Who have you had a chance to play with?
How do you enjoy touring? Are you getting sick of each other?
Haha we went on a national tour in August so this is kind of a condensed version of that.
I quite like touring, I like feeling like I’m in transit... Like I’m on an epic adventure, and I think touring gives you that. Especially the way we do it because we drive around in a van the whole time so you get to see all of the country side as you’re going along and, yeah it feels really nice.
And my band members are lovely, so I haven’t gotten sick of them yet! Although, I was close last night. We starting playing Uno and had forgotten that it’s a very quick way to lose friends.
There is always a couple of rules that people play differently.
Ugh, yes. Do you reverse a reverse or do you just play the reverse like that it stays and continues the game?
We can’t tell.
Now, congratulation on taking out both 'Favourite SA Artist' & 'Favourite SA Song' at the 2014 Fowlers Live Music Awards!
What were some of your other achievements throughout 2014?
We released our first album, we got two singles on the top of the Triple J Unearthed charts which was pretty awesome! And we started making music videos actually. My drummer and I started that through a love of music and just looking what bands needed and to have someone that understands how to make music videos without charging them and arm and a leg; developing that has been really awesome. Has led to some other great opportunities.
We toured in August, and were announced to play WOMADelaide which is coming up soon actually.
So exciting! Will this be your first festival gig?
We’ve played the Petit Stage at Gorgeous Festival but nothing like the beloved WOMAD.
We chatted to Sarah Howells, Nick Saxon & Bobby Alu about WOMAD last week, it’s so nice to hear interstate acts get excited about it!
Yeah everyone I mention it to on the road is like “Oh really, WOMAD? We love WOMAD!”
It’s definitely well-loved everywhere, not just in Adelaide.
So will you be shaking things up for your set at WOMAD at all? Can we expect something different?
Well I’ll probably be moving around a lot more, I’m going to have so much more room to!
We will also be playing at least two new songs so that’s pretty exciting for us. Hopefully people like them, but yeah keep an ear out!
Absolutely! And is there anyone your excited to watch at WOMAD?
I’m really excited to see as many people as possible! I haven’t had a chance to go to WOMAD since I was 15, and I’m 24 now so it’s been a while. I’m just keen to soak it all in and try and make the most.
What can we expect from you in the year ahead?
Well, our performance at WOMAD is super exciting. After that we will be touring again and hope to tour internationally and we will be writing and recording some songs for a new release later in the year.
Where internationally are you hoping to tour?
We are currently in talks for a tour in New Zealand but, we would also love to head off to Europe or American. That’s the dream right there.
What artists are you listening to that are from SA?
Move To Strike are a really awesome, tight outfit from Adelaide. I would highly recommend looking up their song 'Search Light' on YouTube. It’s amazing and will get stuck in your head.
Is there any other SA festivals/events that you as both an artist and a punter love?
Obviously the Adelaide Fringe is amazing, having something new to see and do. I’ll be catching quite a bit of that. The Adelaide Cabaret Fringe Festival is brilliant, if you’re looking for great SA local cabaret acts I highly recommend it.
I think Adelaide is great for music and festivals and I can’t wait to see what’s on offer this year.
Julia Henning will be returning to Adelaide Jan 31st to wrap up her Drifter tour with a show at The Singing Gallery in McLaren Vale as well as playing the Saturday March 8th at 4pm at WOMAD.
You can check out the full WOMADelaide Festival line-up, purchase tickets and suss out all the other goodies that the festival has to offer right HERE! It’s plentiful, trust us.