Christian Jules – Breathless

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Christian Jules - Breathless

Christian Jules – Breathless

 

ARTIST NAME: Christian Jules

 

SONG TITLE: Breathless

 

RELEASE DATE: 14/02/20

 

GENRE: Soul/R&B

 

 

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Christian Jules is a British singer. He was raised in the 90’s West London in a single parent house with his Grenadian Mother, his siblings, and late grandmother.

 

He grew up a strict Adventist due to his late Nan.” Like most adolescent males Jules was trying to find his way in the world as a man.

 

 

Growing up without a Father he often felt angry and misguided. Though tempted at gang life Jules’ mother and late grandmother made sure that he was busy, with the church, vocal and dance classes.

 

Jules had his first taste of life as a recording artist at the tender age of 12. He became known in industry circles as “The 13-year-old singing sensation” with the release of his album by Playtime entertainment.

 

 

As a child prodigy, Jules rubbed shoulders with the likes of Destiny’s Child, Kelis, All Saint’s, TQ and Richard Blackwood to name a few.

 

When Jules’s voice started to change at 16, he could no longer be the “13-year-old singing sensation” that he once was.

 

Being frustrated with dodgy contracts and failed promises of stardom and success Jules wanted nothing to do with the music industry. As a result, he fell into depression and anxiety.

 

Addicted to the music Jules and famous cousin Oritse (JLS), would begin making music.

 

 

He recalls the highlights of winning his college talent contest and what confidence it gave him after many failed attempts at making it big as a child.

 

2016 he was the featured artist on the 2Play single (Epic records).

 

His influences are Usher, Michael Jackson, and Justin Timberlake…

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Discuss your recording experience with your producer. 

Personally, I work with a few producers so with each one I have a different experience.

 

I would say there are times when you both listen to a single and have completely different ideas as to which direction the record should take.

 

We need the wisdom to know the difference when the producer is right and when we must follow our gut!

 

As an artist, it’s important to know who you are because everyone will try to mold you to meet their idea of you. I’ve had that a lot.

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Discuss what comes first and last while creating a song. 

I guess for me every song is different. I think songwriting can either be a very calculated thing or a very spiritual experience.

 

 

When I am calculated about writing I tend to freestyle melodies. Once I get melodies that touch my heart, I start to find words that fit with the melody.

 

 

 

 

As a spiritual experience, I have heard many songs in my dreams before they were written. It sounds but I would hear full verses and chorus in my dreams and then I would have to wake up in the middle of the night and record the melodies on my phone before I forget it.

 

 

I always find that when I get the songs in my dreams it feels beyond my ability to write as it comes from someone far more superior than me.

 

I think singer/songwriters struggle to get that feeling every time they record a song.

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Tell us the piece of advice you will give to a new artist. 

The best advice I would say is don’t waste time. Plan, save and get your material out there.

 

YouTube is a great forum to get your music to the world along with resources like Spotify so create your own world and invite people into it, don’t wait for the right time. The right time is always now, tomorrow is not promised.

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Discuss your worse experience in the music business. 

My worst experience was when I had a track out, it was a remix of an R. Kelly’s song; the business side of things went pear-shaped which resulted in the song getting pulled. It was a major release with Sony, but little disputes messed up the release.

 

Bear in mind I had gone to Ibiza filmed a wicked music video and all for it to flop BUT I took it as a learning experience that business should always be sorted prior to a release.

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Tell us how you deal with rejection. 

I guess I am still learning myself. I have a lot of self-respect so if someone is not interested in me, I pretty much walk away.

 

I don’t believe love should be forced on another person. I also don’t want anyone that I must convince to be with me. Love is a mutual feeling, or I’m not interested.

 

That goes for music too. Some people will like you some won’t, but you can’t please everyone. You just must follow your heart, be true to what you love because you will be singing it for the foreseeable future.

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Tell us what you are doing to impact the people around you. 

I love to speak encouraging words to the people around me. I care for everyone I meet so I would always give advice that I know will make them happy or sometimes which they may not particularly like but need. It takes wisdom to know the difference.

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Tell us the music that makes you happy. 

I dig a lot of music. I listen to a lot of oldies from the 90s to the present. I love Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Usher, Ne-Yo.

 

Usher’s song ‘Don’t waste my time’ is my fav song so far.

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Tell us how you make instrumentation to your song. 

I’m not musically trained but I hear sounds in my head so in a lot of cases I may play either a bassline of a few notes on the keyboard here or there that I want in my song. It takes me a few minutes to figure it out on the keyboard of course.

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Tell us how you feel when you sing, and your fans sing along to your song. 

I have experienced it before, and I must say it’s the most rewarding feeling. I have taken this idea from my brain and the fact that another human thinks it’s cool is like an affirmation that I’m alright.

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Tell us the goals you aim to achieve when creating a song.  

For me when I do a song, I’m more concerned about portraying the feeling accurately than I am with vocal gymnastics.

 

 

I want people to feel the emotions that I felt when writing and recording it. Relatability and a raw vibe are my aims.

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Tell us your approach to songwriting. 

It pretty much depends on my feelings at the time. For me, I freestyle a melody with or without a backing track then record it.

 

 

Bear in mind when I do this, I have no ideas of the words I’m saying. When I listen to it back any words that standout I tend to use in the track as I believe the freestyle chooses the subject matter for…

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Tell us how you plan to develop a unique music style. 

I guess its cliché but for me, I try to retain my own style and personality on a song while keeping it current. Easier said than done.

 

 

I have a song I’m releasing in May and it pretty much typifies my style. I chose to release it on May 15th in honour of my late grandmother (She was my best friend). She passed away last year. So, it’s not a ballad or a song about her. The date is only significant to those who knew her.

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Tell us how to record a song.  

I usually go for a full take just to get all the feelings out, then I may keep some of the take or record in sessions. I do all my harmonies last.

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Tell us if you are collaborating with other songwriters or you write alone. 

I mostly write by myself, but I have collaborated with a few writers. I’ve written with Karen Harding, Mike Hough, Joe Killington, Mancub and Roco, to name a few.

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Discuss your experience with fans. 

The fans I do have are beautiful souls! I have been sent a picture drawn of me, one has a tattoo of my name on her.

 

I genuinely love my fans because it’s a giving relationship. I give my love, experiences to them in songs and I receive gratitude which is the best love a singer can receive.

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Tell us what you know about booking gigs and shows.

I currently tour as part of my job. I love being on stage as I feel it’s one of the few things in my life, I have control over. I have an ok experience with agents, but my manager handles that side of the business.

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Tell us if you consider a song placement in TV or Film. 

I have a song that currently may be placed on TV.

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Elaborate on your artist’s name. 

My artist’s name is Christian Jules. My full name is Christian Jermaine Jules. I have been using my own name as my artist’s name since I was 10.

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