Getting to Know…Jill and Julia

What’s your favorite kind of sandwich?
Julia: I am pretty traditional when it comes to sandwiches, so I would say PB&J.
Jill: I’m a PB&J girl as well!

The Beatles or Elvis? Why?
Julia: Definitely Elvis! We recently visited Memphis and we toured Graceland, which was such a great experience. Elvis made great contributions to not only rock music but country as well, which is why he remains such a popular icon today.
Jill: The Beatles, I actually have a photo of them hanging above my bed in my room. Their music has stood the test of time and relates to people of all generations.

Lyrics to live by?
Julia: I have new favorite lyrics every day! It’s too hard to name just one to live by but if I ever find them I will get back to you on that!
Jill: “After all is said and done you can’t go pleasin’ everyone.” John Lennon

What sets you apart from the rest?
Julia: Our music is unlike any being offered on the market right now and we feel that our sound is where country music will be heading.
Jill: To really understand what we are about and what sets us apart from so many other talented artists out there you would have to listen to our new album coming out early 2015. We gave the listeners a sneak peek of what we are about with our EP released earlier this year but our full album is something that we are so excited to be working on right now to really show listeners fully our sound and who we are as musicians and songwriters.

What country music artists do you listen to the most?
Julia: Recently I have been listening to a lot of Eric Church, Sam Hunt, Eli Young Band and Josh Abbott Band.
Jill: The Civil Wars and Kacey Musgraves are always my go to artists.

How do you see country music evolving within 10 years?
Julia: Country music is always evolving and that’s the great thing about the genre, change is generally well received. As long as the artists are being true to themselves and the fans like it that’s all that matters. I definitely see things going more towards alternative/folk.
Jill: I think country music will head in a more alternative direction away from bro country and more towards folk.

Are there any instruments you don’t play but wish you did? Why?
Julia: I am definitely drawn to string instruments, which is how I found my love for the guitar in the first place, but I have always wished I could play the fiddle/violin.
Jill: Drums are something that I may look into playing in the future.

With both of you having special musical training, does it translate into your songwriting?
Julia: Since we grew up taking piano, voice, and guitar lessons at a young age I think music is something that we have always used as a creative outlet and it definitely plays into our songwriting now. Without a good foundation in music theory songwriting would be nearly impossible.
Jill: I agree with Julia, without having extensive music training at a young age we wouldn’t be able to do what we do today.

Is there anyone that inspires you or who gave great advice?
Julia: We always seem to be running into to so many artists that we respect and admire and when we get the chance to talk music with them it is always a great opportunity to learn from them.
Jill: While one particular instance doesn’t stand out to me I think that we learn the most from watching other artists perform live. We look for the way the talk to the audience, how they interact with them, their song transitions and set list order amongst many other things.

What do you consider to be your first big break in your career so far?
Julia: This last weekend we played the Route 91 Harvest Festival here in Las Vegas, seeing our name on the lineup along side so many artists that we respect and admire like Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Blake Shelton and so many more was incredible.
Jill: We played the American Bucking Bull World Finals last fall here in Las Vegas and that was our first experience performing in an arena, so that was an awesome opportunity.

What is it like being country artists in Las Vegas?
Julia: Las Vegas provides us with countless opportunities to perform and a huge audience traveling from all over the world to share our music with. It’s almost like being on tour but better because we are sharing our music with so many fans from so many cities at any given show.
Jill: Las Vegas is so receptive to country music and the city loves it as much as we do. While we spend quite a bit of time in Nashville it is always good coming back to our home in Las Vegas for this reason.

What’s on the horizon for you that you would like to share?
Julia: We are heading back to Nashville later this month to record our first full-length album, we expect to release it in early 2015 and we couldn’t be more excited about that! We feel that these songs, which Jill and I write ourselves, really showcase our sound as artists and we cannot wait to share them!
Jill: We have a lot of shows coming up but the release of our new album is definitely what we are most excited about right now. More details will come soon and any information about us can be found at www.jillandjulia.com.

Thank you so much Jill and Julia, we cannot wait to hear the full album next year.

RockMeetsCountry.com was able to catch Jill and Julia‘s full set at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, here are a few pictures.

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