Chatterbox: Rapper and songwriter Julian Xtra talks to us about his new video, living in Los Angeles and yoga

Could you tell our readers something about yourself that they might not find out otherwise?

I do yoga and am a generally a hippie. I meditate everyday.

What are your musical influences?

Bone Thugs N Harmony, Lil Wayne, System Of A Down, Muse, Eminem, Tech N9ne just to name a few. Really, anything that sounds like good music inspires me.

How would you describe the sound you’ve crafted over your last few releases?

It sounds like the perfect marriage of melody, cadence, and lyricism. I find a lot of artists will neglect one of those aspects in favor of the others, but I find it satisfying to nourish all three. 

Where are you based?

I am based in Los Angeles.

How does your city impact your music?

Being around highly creative and prolific individuals in Los Angeles has inspired me to take my music in new directions. Living in Los Angeles in like having your finger directly on the pulse of pop culture, and aspects begin to show up in your art. 

What does the new video draw upon thematically?

The director Brad Wong, seems to have taken cues from Tarantino flicks. I”m not sure exactly what inspired him, but it feels like a goofier version of Kill Bill.

Did the track evolve significantly in the studio from the original demo?

Nope, this was one of those songs that just wrote itself. I sat down at home with my headphones on and the melodies and cadences flowed out, and everything ended up being in the final master. 

How did the video come together?

We were fortunate to have the video sponsored by VEZT, a platform for artists to sell songwriting shares of their music via an app. VEZT hired Brad Wong, who assembled the talented actors you see in the video. We shot the entire thing in 6 hours at a Chinese restaurant in Chinatown in Los Angeles. 

What do fans have to look forward to over the next few months?

We have several beautiful singles on the way that will top this song. One song is about the socioeconomic crisis we are seeing in America and around the globe at this time. It will talk about wealth inequality.  


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