Today is the release of Julia Vero’s new single Lilac Sky. From playing in a band to going solo Vero has captured her audience and is more than ready to move on to bigger and better things. She told Radar about the new single, Enrique Iglesias and almost having a nip slip.
Tell us about the new single? What’s it about?
– It’s called Lilac Sky and I love it. I made it with Jocke berg and it’s about someone who’s really really over another person.
What was the inspiration behind it?
– It started with a baseline that Jocke wrote for me after listening to my first song How does it feel. I Loved it the second I heard it and so, we started to create it. The drug references came quite naturally for both of us, he had allready started to mention drug/relationship-references in the lyrics and I knew that’s what I wanted to write about. I’ve watched people close to me fuck up on drugs and I’ve seen what it does to them, and how it affects people around them. I left them all.
Can you reveal anything about the video?
– The video is amazing. I was filmed for 19 hours with wet hair in a freezing warehouse. But I Loved it. By far the coolest thing I’ve seen myself in. Vid’s coming later in March. Lot’s of neon. I Almost hade a nip slip but it’s okay cuz the clothes were amazing.
How would you describe your sound?
– As if Roxette, Madonna and Simple minds hade a little love child.
Scary gigs with a tough audience are my favorites
How has it changed since you went solo?
– It’s a rollercoaster. Now I have a band backing me up. Playing in a band is my natural habitat and it felt so weird doing this alone in the beginning. I’m thankful for them.
Is there anything that you just have to write about?
– Despair and romance. And annoyance.
Is there anything you won’t write about?
– At first I hated the Word “baby”. I could never sing it in a lyric. Made me cringe. But I embraced it. If Karen O can sing baby without it sounding like shit, so can I.
What’s the best thing about performing live?
– The challenge. I never perform with in-ear because I want to sing perfect even if I can’t hear shit. Scary gigs with a tough audience are my favourites. I love to have to win them over. It has been that way since I played with federales (my old band) when we were 15 year old girls playing for a bunch of dudes in Västerås. Winning them over.
Do you have a special routine before gigs?
– Jumping around, drinking beer and listening to Enrique Iglesias real voice. He is life.
What are your plans for the future?
– I’m writing on an EP that will hopefully be out this autumn. But I also wrote a summerhit that i want to release. It sounds like a mix of joy division and all saints. And taking over the world, obv.
Photo by: Sandra Thorsson