Monday, March 4, 2024

Meet Our Writers: New Jersey’s Julia Dzurillay!

Get to know Atwood Journal‘s writers in our particular column the place they develop into the interviewees, sharing their private playlists and speaking about their experiences overlaying music!

There’s nothing extra particular than sharing a track with a buddy — or touring to Barcelona to be entrance row for Charli XCX. Julia Dzurillay’s love for music has taken her to unforgettable locations professionally and personally. Tortured piano classes at 10 years previous became a real, life-long appreciation for music principle, the Billboard Scorching 100, sweaty indie live shows, and all the things in between. With a Spotify premium account and a dream, Julia Dzurillay pursued Journalism and Skilled Writing (with minors in Music and Anthropology) in faculty. The remaining is historical past.
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Meet Our Writers: Julia Dzurillay!

Julia Dzurillay

The place are you from and the place are you based mostly?

Julia Dzurillay: Northern New Jersey – born and raised!

How did you get into music writing?

Julia Dzurillay: I at all times wished to be concerned within the music scene however after taking a artistic writing class in highschool, I might completely image myself as a author. Majoring in “Journalism and Skilled Writing” and minoring in music was the right faculty combo for me. I used to be fortunate sufficient to get a job as a music journalist after graduating and the remaining is historical past!

Who was your very first live performance, and who have you ever seen most not too long ago?

Julia Dzurillay: My first live performance was at Starland Ballroom in 2011 — an especially iconic New Jersey venue, for individuals who are unfamiliar. The lineup was filled with obscure bands that I’m positive all broke up by now: Motion Merchandise, Hollywood Ending, Burnham, Megan & Liz, Kicking Daisies… my two buddies and I met a number of the artists. After that, the three of us had been hooked. We shared songs and YouTube movies with each other, going to any (and each) live performance alongside the way in which.

It’s loopy to say… my final live performance was MUNA’s Terminal 5 present with the shock Lorde cameo throughout “Silk Chiffon.” Unreal. We knew there can be a visitor, (final time they visited New York, the self-proclaimed “best band on the planet” introduced out Bowen Yang,) however Lorde is subsequent degree. My buddy cried. Everybody was screaming the lyrics. Usually I’m hesitant to go to Terminal 5, however this was such a superb expertise.

Who’re two or three of your favourite up-and-coming artists proper now?

Julia Dzurillay: For followers of Hope Tala and Luna Li, I provide you with maye — the artist behind “Tú,” “Versos de Placer,” “Yours,” and “Perhaps Child.” Maye’s music appears like sitting poolside, basking within the solar. Or strolling by way of an orchard and choosing a juicy, ripe peach.

For production-heavy bops, Tei Shi is your woman. “OK Loopy,” “Even If It Hurts,” and “Bassically” are already enjoyable, however her subsequent album will launch this producer/songwriter right into a whirlwind pop profession I can really feel it.

I’m unsure if she’s thought of up-and-coming, particularly along with her Coachella set and scheduled look at Governors Ball, however Snail Mail is really top-of-the-line artists within the alt-indie scene. Her voice is so distinctive and her lyrics are past pointed and intentional. I personally desire Lush over Valentine, however each albums are nice.

What’s one thing you’ve discovered from working as a music journalist?

Julia Dzurillay: Imposter syndrome is actual. Typically I battle to consider I’m one of the best individual for a particular job, whether or not it’s mentoring a brand new author, enhancing another person’s work, interviewing a star, and even sitting within the VIP part at no matter occasion. Who am I, you understand? What makes me extra certified than another person?

On the flip aspect, that mindset makes me immensely grateful for each and any alternative — and I feel that’s a part of the rationale I really like my profession. These wonderful alternatives preserve me passionate and preserve that fireside in me to put in writing and expertise extra… and that’s what it’s all about! Clearly, you don’t develop into a author for the cash.

Julia Dzurillay
Julia Dzurillay

What’re your favourite moments overlaying music? May be from interviews, evaluations, in-person occasions/reveals, something.

Julia Dzurillay: There have been so many “I can’t consider that is my life” occasions. I feel the primary was seeing Ingrid Michaelson with my center college finest buddy as my +1. The 2 of us lined “The Chain” as aspiring musicians and seeing Michaelson carry out that dwell was such a wistful, emotional second.

My different buddy is a BLINK — the day of BLACKPINK’s live performance at Prudential Heart I referred to as him actually shaking, saying I acquired press passes and he might include me. I want we had extra time to get gentle sticks, however in any other case, it was good and I’m nonetheless not over Lisa pole-dancing to “MONEY.”

As an enormous Dangerous Bunny fan, sitting within the VIP whereas he sang “Me la’ voy a llevar a to’a / Pa’ un VIP, un VIP” (“I’m going to take all of them to the VIP, the VIP” in English) at Philadelphia’s Made in America Music Competition was surreal.

Should you might ask one query to any artist or band, who wouldn’t it be and what would you ask?

Julia Dzurillay: Matty Healy. Are you loopy or is all the things simply part of your stage persona? I’d like to interrupt it down on behalf of The 1975 followers in all places.


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What are you most trying ahead to this 12 months, music-wise?

Julia Dzurillay: My buddy and I are flying to San Francisco for Outdoors Lands! The 2 of us really went to Barcelona for Primavera Sound final 12 months, so we’ll do just about something for a superb lineup. This will likely be my first time in San Francisco however not my first time seeing The 1975, Samia, Beabadoobee, or Soccer Mommy. I’m excited!

Are you able to please clarify why you selected the highest 5 songs in your playlist?

Julia Dzurillay:

  • Social gathering 4 u” by Charli XCX. Should you’ve watched/learn The Nice Gatsby, this track is that however higher. Charli XCX is at all times revolutionary and unique (and one in every of my favourite artists), particularly with this hit.
  • If I Imagine You” by The 1975. I’m going to say it, this was forward of its time. Lamenting over non secular guilt and trauma, theorizing that God’s love is conditional and considered by way of the lens of somebody’s self-actualization? Yeah. Precisely.
  • Ought to Have Identified Higher” by Sufjan Stevens. The entire Carrie & Lowell songs are unbelievable. They’ve such a definite autumn vibe to me — that is one my buddy and I sang in faculty, so it has added sentimental worth.
  • Chinatown” by Bleachers. This track is the reason behind my “Convey out Bruce Springsteen, you coward” poster. Nobody captures the “dwelling exterior Manhattan” power like Jack Antonoff. It’s a metropolis you need so desperately to establish with, however as I’ve grown older, I’ve undoubtedly grown a gentle spot for New Jersey’s tradition and music, Bruce Springsteen included.
  • HOME” by BTS. I formally grew to become ARMY in 2019, across the Map of the Soul: Persona period. This was one of many first songs I actually cherished, with RM holding robust as my bias nearly 4 years later. (My bias wrecker switches from J-Hope to Jungkook to Suga relying on the day, however I’m obsessive about all seven members, after all.)

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