Sounds Against Slavery Interview – Julia Joyce
Impact Magazine and the Anti-Slavery Society collaborate on the second edition of Sounds against slavery Thursday 15e March. Impact caught up with one of the artists, The Long Islands, to hear their thoughts on the music and the event.
What are you most looking forward to playing at Sounds Against Slavery?
I’m really looking forward to performing my new songs, and this will be the first performance with my band from Nottingham, so it’s going to be great to release some of my new tracks.
Why did you decide to support the cause?
It is a cause that does not get enough media attention and that many people are probably not aware of. I recently watched a heartbreaking movie called I am a slave which highlights the problem of modern slavery and brings it closer to home. It is really important that a society actively tries to oppose it within the university.
How would you describe your sound?
I would describe my sound as a mix of R&B, soul and jazz… with hints of reggae.
Who are the artists who inspire you?
My main musical inspiration is Amy Winehouse and probably always will be. His music combines my favorite sounds and genres, and his lyrics are really personal, that’s the approach I take with my own lyrical writing. I am also inspired by female artists such as Erykah Badu, Corinne Bailey Rae and classical jazz singers.
Desert Island Discs! Name a song, album, and artist you couldn’t live without?
One song I couldn’t live without is ‘Nakamarra’ by Hiatus Kaiyote, an album must be Franc by Amy Winehouse, and an artist must be David Bowie.
How long have you been playing? What are your memories of your very first performance?
I’ve been playing since high school and always loved it, the first big performance I did was a school song contest in ninth grade, and I didn’t realize you were supposed to wear your own. clothes so everyone was I was in uniform which was a bit awkward… but nonetheless it made me want to do more.
Do you know any of the artists you play with at Sounds Against Slavery?
I don’t know them personally, but from what I’ve listened to on YouTube, I think it will be a very varied night as they all have different styles. I have friends who recently saw Kwoli Black and said he was awesome so I’m really excited to hear him.
You are surrounded by musical opportunities here in Nottingham, what is it like to be a singer-songwriter in this city?
I’ve been fortunate enough to meet some awesome musicians to form a band with me here, and what’s especially great about Nottingham are the affordable rehearsal studios so close to my home in Lenton!
What do you plan for the future?
My plans for the future are to keep making more songs, to collaborate with my friend and producer back in London to finally release an EP, and have a great time playing here in Nottingham.
Image courtesy of Alexandra Farzad.
Images from the article courtesy of Alexandra Farzad and the UoN Anti-Slavery Society.