Chandler Juliet is one of our favorite up-and-coming artists. She just released her gorgeous new song "tidal wave" a song about feeling overwhelmed but learning to ride that wave.
How did you get started in music?
Chandler: I was born into a musical family (my parents are jazz players + session musicians here in LA) and they made my sister and I pick instruments to study at a young age. I dabbled in a bunch of instruments then played cello for 9 years.
I got into the industry about 4 years ago, when I got super inspired after a summer of working as a camp counselor at Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan. I played some originals for the first time, for my cabin of 10 girls, and they loved my music, learned my lyrics that summer, taught my songs to the other cabins, and requested I play frequent cabin-porch concerts throughout our summer. When I got back home, I immediately got to work and started recording and releasing songs independently and music videos I produced myself, while doing college. I graduated in December, and now that I have all my time to myself now, I'm able to put a lot more time into writing and recording and performing, and it’s been really fulfilling.
What’s the story behind “tidal wave”
Chandler: I wrote ‘tidal wave’ a month or so after I graduated college, where I really felt my adolescence was officially gone, and I felt more alone than ever. I was born and raised in Los Angeles, and while it’s a huge blessing to have been raised here in the entertainment industry, it can be very isolating and lonely in this career-driven town. Everyone has to go through the different waves of life, both the ups AND the downs. Everything is temporary, and through writing this song I discovered that I have to learn to ride the wave that I’m on, because nothing lasts forever, the good or the bad.
What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in your career?
Chandler: I think being realistic with my limitations has been a challenge. I tend to sign up for more than I can handle, and say yes to everything that comes my way (my Leo tendencies). One year, I signed up for this insanely expensive PR campaign to push an EP, and did 3 shows in LA, and a music video shoot all in one month, while working a part time job and being enrolled in a full time semester in college. Not sleeping and taking care of myself resulted in me getting mono and a bunch of other health problems and being in stuck in bed for about 9 weeks over summer. I’ve learned to put my health first, but its a work in progress. I’m so driven and ambitious that I sometimes forget that I’m only human.
What has been inspiring you lately?
Chandler: What has been inspiring to me lately is the music that's coming out of our community in LA. There is so much talent out here, in Nashville too. It strives me to be better, to work harder, to write better songs. Going out to shows that blow my mind are always a great fuel to my fire. I'm a live act and want to tour everywhere, as soon as possible, so I go out and watch live music cause there's always something to learn. It's easy to get discouraged so think it's important to do what we can to fuel our fire stay inspired.
What’s your best piece of advice to young women?
Chandler: Be proud of who you are because you are the only you that exists!! Your weird is your superpower. Don't compare yourself to other people, because you’re never seeing their full story, only their highlight reel. The hard parts of your journey are growing you into who you want to be, so embrace them, each moment of your journey is sacred. No one be you as good as you, and no one can complete your purpose quite like you, so keep going. <3
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