by petercortle | February 16, 2011

Do It To Julia is a four-member band that hails from Asheville, North Carolina. Their folk-rock, earthy sound is indicative of their place in the Blue Ridge Mountains. DITJ recently called upon their loyal supporters to help produce their second record, labeled a community album, in which their listening community afforded them the opportunity to record. DITJ has recently released two new songs in anticipation of their upcoming record. LCA catches up with Do It To Julia for another Life Changing Interview.

LCA: Who or what inspired you to start making music?

Do It To Julia: I don’t think any one thing inspired us to start making music. All of us in the band have our own reasons for what inspired us and what still inspires us, but I think it’s safe to say that it has something to do with the enormous role that music plays in our lives outside of writing it. That is, it’s the love of listening to music that inspires us to make it. That’s sort of corny and obvious, but also true. It’s a constant source of inspiration. And of course we inspire each other, that’s a big part of it too. After four years, we’ve become pretty close as a band, and I think it’s to the point where we’d all be somewhat lost without one another.

LCA: What do you hope to achieve with your music?

Do It To Julia: Everything. And I don’t mean for that to sound sarcastic. It’s just that we’ve never really put limits on what we might achieve. It began as a hobby, an outlet, and has since become a lifestyle, an obsession, and a business. We’ve always had goals, but those goals adjust as we grow, and while goals are important, I don’t think we’ve ever really had expectations about what we might be able to do or become.

LCA: What has been the single most life changing moment that affected your music?

Do It To Julia: I can speak only for myself here (Alex) because even events that happened to us as a collective are interpreted differently by all of us; but for me, I’d have to say the biggest life-changing moment in my musical life thus far was meeting Ryan, followed closely by meeting Halli two years later. I love Matt too, but all in all it was Ryan that had the biggest impact on me musically. That probably has something to do with the fact that he had a big impact on me in general, but any relationship, be it creative or business or intimate, is sustained by a certain chemistry. Ryan and I have a certain personal and musical chemistry. As do Ryan and Halli, and me and Matt. But meeting Ryan changed me musically. I can’t say for certain if I’d still be playing the drums if I hadn’t met him.

LCA: If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?

Do It To Julia: I’ve been pondering the answer to this question for a very long time and still have not come up with an answer. All the seemingly easy ones, like curing cancer, or ending poverty, aren’t so easy if you think about them long enough. I think the closest I ever come is when I find myself wishing to amend that dangerous kind of ignorance we’ve all privy to. Of course, that too is relative (we’re all ignorant of certain things) but I don’t see what harm it would cause making people more aware of the humanity around them, myself included.

LCA: DITJ has taken a common problem, financial strain, and turned it into a unique project that brings together your fans and supporters to be a part of your upcoming record. Can you tell us what it means to the band to have fans that are so passionate and supportive of your art?

Do It To Julia: This is a question I can answer happily by saying it means everything. Here I am using that word ‘everything’ again but, as my father said when I told him about our success with the community album project, ‘encouragement in words is easy, but when somebody donates, it shows they mean it.’ He said it better than that, but you get the idea. At this point I think we would have found a way to make the record, even without kickstarter, because we really believe in it. But to have been given such generous support and encouragement sort of helps to remind us why anybody comes to believe in anything, which is to be a part of something. Thanks to our fans, we truly do feel a part of a community.

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