We had the good fortune of connecting with Julian Kane and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Julian, why did you pursue a creative career?
It’s ironic that I chose to pursue a music career because I was always the kid that didn’t like attention or didn’t like being in the spotlight. Because of my quiet, easy-going nature people were always taken aback when showed them my music or rapped for them. Most artists are overly-confident and outgoing and I was almost the opposite of that – I was only “loud” and expressive in my music and my lyrics. My personality didn’t match my music and that’s what I think gives it the “Oh, wow” factor., it’s unexpected. So once I built enough confidence in my music and in myself personally, I decided to put it out to the world. Sometimes what you think are your flaws can be your biggest strengths.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I love to make music that people can feel and relate to in their personal lives. I think what sets me apart from most of today’s rappers is that I’m not trying to be like anyone else, I’m comfortable telling my own story in my own way. There’s far too many artists out there that just want to be instantly famous or looking to go viral, while I still have that old-school traditional mindset that if I continue to create music from the heart that the world will one day get to listen to it. It’s not easy, at all – because it’s the long, hard road and I decided to take this road by choice. I’d prefer to have a solid, organic fanbase that will listen to my music forever than to have one crazy viral moment and be forgotten about thereafter. Some of the lessons I learned along the way are: 1. Don’t let up – don’t stop creating! Once you lose momentum, it’s tough to gain it back. 2. Don’t compare yourself to others – “Comparison is the thief of joy.” You have your own story, your own journey and everyone’s is different. Make sure not to get caught up in trying to follow someone else’s footsteps and make your own path. 3. Believe in yourself – be proud of what you create and show it off that way, like it’s the best thing in the world. Creating good energy around something brings it more power and people will embrace that and treat it the same way.
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.
If I was to take you through my areas, I’d have to take you to both north Jersey and south Florida. I call both these places home as I’ve evenly spent half my life in each of them. First, we’re going to Hudson County, NJ where it all started for me – I’ll take you to Blvd East to see the amazing view of New York City that is like no other city view in the world. Then we’re going to get some authentic Spanish food; you choose whether you want Dominican, Colombian, Cuban or Mexican food and I have a spot for each on the infamous Bergenline Avenue. After that, we’re swinging by the barber shop where you’ll get a fresh Jersey cut and get to hear a combination of the most random conversations and debates you’ve ever heard. At night, we’ll get fresh and hit a hookah lounge to finish the night. That’s a well spent day back home for me. #Jersey In Florida, we’ll have a different experience. First we’ll hit the beach, I prefer the quiet peaceful beaches in Boynton Beach where I live and get some vitamin “sea” & some good sun. Then we’ll hit i-95 south and head to Miami, hit up Wynwood for the art or South Beach for the vibes and we’ll grab some lunch on Collins where all the tourists hang. When the nighttime comes around, we’re headed to Hard Rock Casino for some drinks and light gambling and have some fun there for a while. Once it gets late and the creative juices are flowing, we gotta head to the studio! I’m either calling SlimDaScientist and heading to NuWave Studios in Broward County or I’m hitting up DB Studios in Boynton Beach, FL. That’s a full day in South Florida for me.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have to give the credit to my upbringing. I was introduced to music at an early age, even before I was born my mom was attending concerts while pregnant with me. She always had music playing in the house, from when I was a newborn baby until I was old enough to sing along with her. She also played piano and started teaching me at a young age and even bought me a drum set at the age of 5 so I was already building rhythm that way. My mother also pushed me to pick up instruments at an early age; I tried the trumpet, saxophone and ended up loving the clarinet. Even in the summer while all the other kids slept in, she enrolled me in summer band class. As I grew older I was voluntarily joining chorus and poetry groups in school which taught me the lyrical side of music and by the age of 10 or so I was already putting melodies, beats and lyrics together and learning about hip-hop/rap. I remember my mother finding endless papers and notebooks around the house as she cleaned, some nice poetry and other not-so-nice rap lyrics and while most parents would scold their kids for writing what I was writing, she ignored the content and always just told me how well I put words together and encouraged me to continue writing. I have to say, even to this day she is one of mu biggest fans. I thought I’d answer this question with at least 5-6 different influences but the more I think about it, I owe my pursuance of music to mom dukes!
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