KIll J is the project of Julie: a talented singer, badass woman, and former journalist. KIll J offers both deep bass tracks mixed with vocals of a siren. We caught up for coffee to discuss the difficulties of performing live and time spent in America.

At what age did you start singing?

I was ten I think, but this project is a year old. KIll J was born in June 2013. I’ve worked as a radio journalist before but when I would do interviews, I would always trust my hand when transcribing. But I when I first started, on my third interview with DR, I was interviewing a woman who was so nervous. In a course that I took previously, my instructor told me a way relieve tension was to physically give the nervous person the mic. So I did that. But it resulted in this really awkward situation where we were fighting over the mic since I needed to ask her the questions  [laughs].

 

Do you prefer more intimate shows in comparison to a show like Roskilde?

I don’t know if I like one better than the other. It is definitely different situations. I really like when you feel like you are getting something back from the audience, and that doesn’t necessarily mean getting them to jump around, or clap their hands. It can be really intense when you can feel that people are actually really listening. At Ideal Bar, last year, it was really quiet. It felt people were holding their breath. That was really intense. And a show like Trailerpark was really fun with people jumping around. And that was fun too. As soon as I feel like it is a dialogue, as oppose to me performing to you and you receiving it, I feel like I get something back; then something natural happens.

 

Is hard for you to hit those high notes?

[jokingly] I am going to sound like such a smart ass, but no. I have a background in singing and was trained as a classical singer, from when I was ten. And I was supposed to be a classical singer but I rebelled against my parents. So all the high pitched things come from that, since I was a Soprano. But that isn’t the hard part about performing live. I actually am not sure if I am a natural performer. When I talk to other musicians, they say when they get on stage they feel like they’re in their moment. Live is where they feel at home, and I have had to learn that. It is not something that has come natural to me. It is awesome when you forget yourself, and it all makes sense.

 

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You’re going to collaborate with Sekuoia soon?

I don’t think Patrick and I have actually had that discussion yet. But I think his studio productions are amazing. And his performances live are even more amazing. And that shows his capabilities as a musician. I saw them at Spot Festival, and it was a huge venue and it was dark and the lighting was perfect. It felt like going into this cave, and when I listen to his music I feel like I am stepping into that environment.

 

What are you looking forward to in the next year?

We’re are going to have more live shows. When we started out we only had two or three tracks, so when we would got booked for a 45 minute gig, we had to write as we went. It resulted in a lot of different tracks and we tried them out on different audiences. But we need to collect our thoughts on that. I want our sets to be more of a visual experience.

 

Where do you get your fashion inspiration from?

It’s funny because when this whole thing started, the fashion industry caught on quickly. And I got this image that I am this really fashionable person. But I am totally not [laughs]. I know what I like, and I understand that the visual part is important. It needs to be cohesive. There is a reason I cut my hair like this. I wanted myself to look like the music. But it all started with the aesthetic and the stories in the music. I have a rule of thumb. Anything that is doesn’t feel 100% necessary, doesn’t need to be there. From the beginning it has been a ‘kill your darlings’ project. And what it has resulted in is that I really like a deep and dark foundation. So the bass is really important. And the other extreme is the high-pitched very fragile elements. And everything in between is not necessary, so I try to remove that. That is maybe what is going on in the visual parts of this project. Black and white is really simple. I love black and white.

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Girls are awesome because…

I don’t think girls are awesome. I think that some girls are awesome. And some men are awesome. Girls are only awesome if they do something that is awesome.

 

I have been trying to understand your lyrics in Bullet. ‘I am just a dumbfuck taking the sharp blows,’…does that reference your time in America?

It does! I moved to California when I was 19. That is actually about a friend that lived in the States. He was very religious, but always was asking these existential questions like, ‘What does life mean?’. But his religion would get in the way. He believed in the stark ‘this is good, and this is evil’, but in his heart was all the grey parts. It was his internal struggle, but when he spoke to me, it would get messy some how. It was his projections onto me since I was the ‘non-believer’ and he would shoot me down. I would always feel destroyed after these discussions. I think it is the only song about the States. Well, it’s not really about the States, it’s about him.

 

Do you have a favorite vacation spot?

I haven’t been on vacation since 2010, since I have been working really hard. I want to say I am outdoorsy person…but I am not. I love landscapes that are beautiful and nature, but not too much of it. And I know you’re not supposed to say that. I think some of the best vacations have been really simple, like going to a summerhouse, or canoeing in Sweden. I have been to Cuba, and thought it was incredible. But it doesn’t matter the place that you’re in, more about the place that you’re in, in your head.

 

What is something that people don’t know about you?

I love to swear. I think that swear words and ugly language are really important. And that is something I struggled with when living in the States. I remember the first time I said something, and I used the word ‘TITS!’ And this girl gasped, thinking I did NOT just say that. There is a reason we have those words. And they need to be used…in proper context. But fuck censorship.

 

Fuck ya!

 

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