MUSICIAN INTERVIEW: Juliet Turner
Ever evolving, ever watchful of the human condition, Juliet is one of Ireland’s most intriguing female song writers.
"I’m very inspired by quiet people who live their lives beautifully without feeling the need to talk about it much."
Juliet appears in Draíocht on Friday 16th May 2008 at 8pm. She chatted with Nicola Murphy by email ahead of the gig, on 14 April 2008.
With three studio albums, a live album, double platinum sales and a Meteor Music Award under her belt, Juliet Turner needed a change of scene in 2007 so in October she returned to Trinity College Dublin to undertake a four year BSc in Clinical Speech and Language Studies. Song-writing and performing continue alongside and Juliet has been recording a new album with producer Keith Lawless in a Dublin warehouse over the last few months. Ever evolving, ever watchful of the human condition, Juliet is one of Ireland’s most intriguing female song writers. She now returns to the stage with a new batch of songs to accompany her classic material. The new material is thoughtful and less acerbic than some of her previous writing and the narrative lines running through the album are sympathetic and full of warmth.
Q: Tell us a little about yourself, your background, where you’re from and where you live?
I was born in Co. Tyrone, moved to Dublin to study, began to write and play music while at college, and am currently living in Dublin.
Q: What or who inspired you to become a musician?
My friends at college. I happened to fall in with a group of people who loved music, were always playing guitars and writing and performing. It was a very vibrant and fun scene to be part of.
Q: How old where you when you started playing?
Q: Why did you choose your particular instrument to learn?
My dad had played guitar and my parents bought me one for my fifteenth birthday.
Q: Are you a full time musician or have you other jobs to supplement your income?
I’m a full-time clinical speech and language studies student again so the gigging supplements the studying.
Q: If you weren’t a musician, what would you like to be?
A speech and language therapist. Or a waitress is a sleepy little café somewhere in Tuscany.
Q: What is the hardest thing about being a musician?
Being away from home so much of the time.
Q: What type of music do you enjoy playing the most?
Folk and anything with harmonies.
Q: Do you have a favourite piece of music?
I love John Spillane’s song, “Everything’s turning to gold”. And pretty much everything by Sigur Ros.
Q: Are there any famous musicians that you would really like to work with?
Emmy-Lou Harris or Patty Griffin.
Q: What is a typical day at work like for you?
Nine o’clock lectures start in the morning, usually nine to five. Clinics some days. Gigging at weekends. Studio on a Monday night.
Q: What's the most unusual place you've ever played a concert or made a recording?
I’ve played on a little crusing boat going round the Shannon, which was fun.
Q: Have you ever tried other art forms like drawing, painting, sculpting or dancing for instance?
I’m a very expressive dancer but I’m the only one who gets to see that!
Q: What other musicians or people have influenced or inspired you, and in what ways?
I’m very inspired by quiet people who live their lives beautifully without feeling the need to talk about it much.
Q: How do you keep motivated if you’re having a bad day?
Having a big moaning session with the rest of my class usually helps. Or getting back into bed and not getting up again that day.
Q: How have you handled the business side of being a musician, promoting yourself and getting exposure, selling your gigs to promoters etc?
I have a good manager and some good promoters who work with me. I hate the hard sell though, hate the way everything boils down to slimy money lying at the bottom of the pot.
Q: Do you have any advice you could give to a musician just starting out?
Be prepared to work exceptionally hard and develop a very thick skin.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I have stopped thinking about the future. It’s a time that doesn’t exist.
Q: What are your interests and hobbies in your spare time?
I love mountain bike riding on proper trails and I read a lot.
Q: Could you tell us a little more about your forthcoming performance in Draíocht?
Its an acoustic performance, my guitar player and myself, mostly songs from the new album “People have Names” and some old favourites too.
Q: Do you have any performances coming up after this one in Draíocht ?
Yes, quite a lot to tour the new album. All gigs are listed on my website, www.julietturner.com and www.myspace.com/burntheblacksuit
Further info about Juliet Turner can be found on her website:
Tickets to Juliet's gig in Draíocht are €20 / €18 conc.
For media information please contact:
Nicola Murphy, Marketing Press & PR Manager, Draíocht Tel: 01-8098021.