We had the good fortune of connecting with Julia Sage and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Julia, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Being creative is an intrinsic part of my being. If I’m not creating something, be it art, music, photography, etc. I feel like a big piece of life is missing. It’s my main way of expression and it is how I give a bit of myself to those around me.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I feel like I was destined to be a creator from the womb. I have always felt a very deep need to make things, to write, to capture the beauty and the emotions of the worlds around me, and to share the things I make. Music is the most fulfilling to me. I get to collaborate with wonderful people and perform for audiences who love it as much as I do. I am fervently hoping we can get back to doing so sooner than later. At this point, I’ve been feeling like I’m missing a piece of myself, and it’s been very hard. I am sure a lot of us can relate to that feeling. One of the things I’ve learned through the years is to not underestimate the power of collaboration. Playing with people that are better than you can only make you better and you can become an inspiration to others as well. I terribly miss playing with my band, Julia Sage and The Bad Hombres. It’s always such a rush that feels amazing and fills me with joy. We call our music “SouthAmericana™”, because we couldn’t fit it in one genre. It’s fun, soulful, and full of meaning. I write all the lyrics and music, and my band members come in and provide all the extra, beautiful sounds behind every song. Since we can’t do as much live music now, we are relying on live streams and small, safe porch/driveway concerts at the time. I usually stream on either Facebook, Instagram, Twitch, Youtube, or any combination of those. People can Venmo tips if they feel compelled and are able to support that way. It’s definitely not the same as playing a full-on live show, but for now, it’s better than nothing.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There are so many wonderful spots here in San Diego. I am partial to beautiful architecture, nature, and unusual, hidden places. If a friend was visiting, I would definitely take them out around my neighborhood in North Park, Balboa Park, some hiking spots, and of course, anywhere near the beaches. There is something so healing about being by the water, getting your feet on the wet sand, and breathing the ocean air. And of course, we would go to see live music somewhere. I know right now it’s not as prevalent or allowed, but at least we can still find some places where we can enjoy it outside and still be safe.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to give a huge shoutout to Grampadrew’s Flim Flam Revue and the Lady Brain Collective here in San Diego. They are the main musician/artist’s collectives that have made me better at what I do by providing unconditional support and inspiration to keep me moving in the right direction.
Other: http://www.twitch.tv/juliasage http://juliasage.bandcamp.com http://www.soundcloud.com/juliasage https://venmo.com/juliasage
Photo credits: Aaron Truaxx, Julia Sage.