Hailing from Toronto, Canada, Julian Daniel has been making waves in alt-pop world with his bold image & ferverscent vocals laced with evocative hooks. Born and raised in Toronto, Julian has a background in musical theatre, as well as vast experience on the local music scene. Julians time on the theatrical stage has paid off, as Julian has a natural command and confidence as a performer that makes him a charismatic focal point that can hold the attention of even the most jaded of audiences.
In his new single, “Sad Boy”, Daniel has shed light on being vulnerable as an artist in the age of social media where one frames their life to be perfect through ten-second caricatures on Instagram. With bold accenting guitar riffs and fluorescent production, “Sad Boy” is a soaked pop tune that truly showcases the development of Julian’s writing abilities since the release of his catchy track, “Sidekick”.
When asked about the story behind “Sad Boy”, Daniel stated:
Hey! Thank you so much. Sad Boy has to be one of my favorite songs off the EP by far. It all came together when I was having some change in my life and me and my friend had a falling out. We always said we would there for each other and it wasn’t that way in the end. So this song was a way for me to get it out on paper.
I was a told that you have an EP coming out soon? Would love to learn more about your writing process and how things have come together!
I feel like this EP has become such an important part of my growth. The EP embodies a new phase of my life in which I grew up a lot and experienced a bunch of new things. Each session was personal and I got to share intricate aspects of my life that I hadn’t opened up about publicly.
How long have you been making music? How did you get your start?
I have been making music professionally for about a year now. Always loved music and started taking in more seriously after high school. I was fortunate to grow up in a musical household. My dad collects instruments and taught me how to play guitar at a young age. As I progressed I started writing on top of the melodies and then decided to release the projects I was working on. Fun fact I actually started home schooling in grade 11 to focus on my music.
What are your plans for this year? Any touring prospects on the horizon?
This year there is a lot of super fun stuff. We are playing our first international show and tour, it’s looking like we will be doing a run of Asia to kick it off, dates TBA. I’m also finishing up my debut EP titled E-Boy which is set to be released early 2020.
I noticed that your sense of style is bold an impeccable. Do you use fashion as a form of art or more as a tool for social communication?
Fashion has always been an important part of my life. For me it’s a way to express myself. Similar to my music, my clothing choices allow me to break barriers and gender norms. I am actually working on a project right now that will help me have a larger impact within the fashion community. You can stay up to date at sadboy.biz
Your music is so beautiful, and we love that you aren’t afraid to be vulnerable. What do you hope to accomplish by advocating for these important themes?
I feel like being an artist you have to be vulnerable. I like to be different and break norms that people have set and made for myself and hope it connects and relates with other people. However this wasn’t always the case for the first bit of my career I found I cared a lot about what people thought of me and my presence on social media. I started to realize this wasn’t healthy for myself or my fans and now I am focusing on being authentic on socials and in my music. It’s cooler not to care.
Lastly, what can we expect from you in the future?
I have so many plans for the new year! I am focusing on creating new content in music and video. As well as the tour in 2020. But I think I’m most excited to keep exploring my creative side and pushing the limits.