JULIA JOHNSON – ” Melissa “

Posted: July 10, 2017 in MUSIC
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I’ve noticed Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens front-woman Julia Johnson popping up on bills around the country under her own name, so always suspected it was only a matter of time before we saw her officially launch of her solo career. It’s exciting to have these suspicions confirmed with the release of Johnson’s debut solo single “Melissa”. The single sees Julia Johnson step away from the guitar and banjo driven folk of Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens and more towards a synth based contemporary folk sound.

“I needed to get out of my comfort zone, and boy did I do a good job of that,” Johnson explained. “After a few months in Berlin, my old songs didn’t fit me anymore. Writing all new material has been liberating and fun, but also uncomfortable. This new territory is not easy to navigate.”

“Working with Sarah Belkner has had a huge impact on me creatively. Sarah can take the amorphous, blurry sketches of what I imagine and craft tangible, fleshed-out songs. It’s new to me, putting trust in someone else’s vision. Her instincts and incredible knowledge helped me to shape “Melissa”, taking the song into a realm which I couldn’t have taken it to on my own.”


Written by Julia Johnson
Produced by Sarah Belkner
Vocals + guitar: Julia Johnson
Synth + bass: Sarah Belkner
Drums: Bree van Reyk
Sax: Matt Keegan
Recorded and mixed by Richard Blekner at Free Energy Device Studios, Sydney

Julia Johnson has a handful of tour dates in the coming weeks in Australia where you can really get to know her new sound.


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