Music Bugle Exclusive – Q & A – Julia Bhatt

Artwork for “1:30” by Anna Bhatt. Courtesy of Reybee PR.

By Nicholas Jason Lopez

Some genres were made to be defied.

Miami indie pop singer-songwriter Julia Bhatt dropped her latest single “Hair Salon Vibes” in mid-August, an example of her ability to both have an ear for dance-crazed hooks and a way for words, all while she finds a way to deal with her mental health struggles.

Since her emergence on the scene in late 2019, Bhatt, 19, has garnered a massive following on social media, something she hasn’t shied away from, as her cautious approach of “influencer fame” even became the subject of her previous single “1:30.”

The Music Bugle had the chance to talk with Bhatt about what she’s been up to lately and more.

Music Bugle – What do you miss the most about performing live? 

Julia Bhatt – Making people happy!

Music Bugle – What excites you the most about your style of music?

Julia Bhatt – That it’s ever-changing. I don’t know what my style is and I think that’s kinda cool. Not great for when people ask what type of music I make, though.

Music Bugle – What was your goal for your single “Hair Salon Vibes”?

Julia Bhatt – I just wanted to make a modern song that I wanna dance to!

Music Bugle – What do you attribute your success to, so far?

Julia Bhatt – My producer, Elliot Jacobson. Wouldn’t be anywhere near where I am without him.

Music Bugle – How have you been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?

Julia Bhatt – Definitely been working on my own a lot more. I’ve been messing around with production software, which is creating a lot of different sounds, like “Hair Salon Vibes.

Music Bugle – What makes you the most proud about where you come from?

Julia Bhatt – Probably that I’m still standing, honestly. I’ve come from a very different place than I’m in now and that makes me proud.

Music Bugle – Who are you listening to right now, music-wise?

Julia Bhatt – Weirdly enough, I’ve been getting back into John Mayer’s first couple of albums. Some real bangers.

Music Bugle – Where do you go when you need a break?

Julia Bhatt – I like to drive. There’s a place called Robert is Here, near the Everglades. It’s just a big fruit stand with smoothies and animals and strange fruits. It’s a very chill vibe and the drive usually makes me feel better.

Music Bugle – What’s a quote that motivates you to keep doing what you do?

Julia Bhatt – “The only person you’re truly competing against is yourself,” by Jean-Luc Picard.

Music Bugle – What do you hope for by the end of 2021?

Julia Bhatt – Probably a little more self-assurance. 

*Photo Credit – Shervin Lainez*

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