He's been out on tour in the US and flew back to London last week to promote the second single 'Sentimental' from his latest album 'Mr Saturday Night'. Before he'd even unpacked his suitcase, he went straight from the airport to play The Station Sessions with The Guillemots at St Pancras. This was followed by some national TV and this Thursday sees Julian's biggest headline show to date at Bush Hall.
I managed to pin him down to answer a few questions for the blog!
Your new album 'Mr Saturday Night' has been out for a couple of months now. What's been the general consensus?
What is your favourite track from Mr Saturday Night to perform live at the moment?
Going back a few years, you were 'discovered' on Myspace. It's still very hard for musicians to get heard, despite the technology to make everything so instant and more personal. You are very active with social media and interact with your fans freely. How important do you feel it is to bridge the gap between artist and fans?
Can you describe your music style in a sentence?
Who was/is your musical biggest influence in life?
You've mentioned you are writing a musical. Can you give us any hints of what it is about? If there was a musical called Mr Saturday Night, who would you like to play the lead role (apart from yourself!)?
Are you a songwriter or a performer first?
Do you have any special pre-show preparations? How often do you practice piano?
How many bow-ties do you own?
Who would you like to work with?
What gear do you use for your live shows?
Will Hall & Oates be coming to London with you?
Thankyou Mr Velard!
Julian plays Bush Hall, London this Thursday June 23rd. For your chance to win tickets to the show, Jazz FM are giving away 5 pairs! Enter their competition here! Closes Wednesday at 1pm. There may still be tickets available to buy here.
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The video for new single 'Sentimental'
You can read previous interviews in this series here with more to be added soon!