We had the good fortune of connecting with Julian Avila and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Julian, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I believe taking risks is fundamental in life. It’s only by taking risks that you learn, grow, bring your ideas to life, recognize your strengths and weaknesses and it’s also the only way to find success, specially in my career.
Making the important decision of emigrating from Colombia, a country where I already had a career, to begin from scratch here in the US, was a very important risk I had to take in order to find the opportunities that helped me get into this tough music business.
One of the biggest challenges for a musician when you play for other artists, whether it is on tour, recording, or producing for them, is that you want to be able to leave your mark, without compromising your essence and without loosing your desire to keep creating your own music and keep evolving.
But without a doubt I consider my music to be the biggest risk I’ve taken. Being a Jazz musician in times like this is something that many others would think about twice, but for me it is the genre that helps me evolve as an artist and makes me happy.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m a guitarist, producer, and composer, who’s worked in the music industry for over 20 years, I am very passionate for what I do and I love doing it.
I am a musician that plays many different styles but my real passion has always been jazz and improvisation. Mixing jazz with other styles and creating interesting fusions has become a part of me.
My latest project and what I’m most proud of is “Vintage Soul”, an instrumental album, and honest proyect that comes straight from my heart. Every song is like a different journey and each of them has it’s own meaning, and I’m very excited for people to listen to it, hoping they get to connect with my music.
This has been a long journey and it definitely didn’t happen overnight. Since the beginning I knew that to even dare to stand out in such a competitive industry I had to always be prepared, and even after you “get in” staying in could be even harder, so I make sure to practice many hours a day, always have the right equipment and in optimal condition and I always try to be one step forward. Whenever you fall behind you know you have to quickly catch up or it could be suicidal.
I don’t think anything has come easily for me. I am proud to say that I’ve worked very hard to get where I am today and I think that’s part of the beauty of accomplishing something after you put all your energy into something, even if it doesn’t turn out the way you expected it.
In music, many times you feel like your getting nowhere, and I’ve definitely felt that way many times, but one important thing I’ve learned is that you have to keep going and never give up.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Always to the beach, have a good Bourbon, and Cigar.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to dedicate this shoutout to some of the people that have led me to where I am. My friend and mentor, Steve khan, my good friend and colleague Camilo Velandia for opening so many doors for me, my love Diana Lara for always being by my side, for all the support, encouragement and love..
Profesional pictures by Saul Larios