A few months back I
had a chat with the UK outfit Urban Vibe
and their lead vocalist Juliette
The trio who hail from Coventry City (about 40 miles outside
of London, England), seemed to be on their way to making a mark on
the R&B/Soul scene they just needed to catch that 'lucky break'.
Since then the group has dis-banded and Joolz has departed to pursue
a solo career. I caught up with the lovely singer and songwriter Joolz
via phone today and had a chat about her departure from the band,
life as a singer and her little girl.
TY: Hey Joolz how are you doing?
I'm alright and you?
TY: I'm good thanks for asking. You and Urban Vibe have gone
your seperate ways. Why did you choose to leave the group and pursue
a solo career?
I needed to spread my wings, unfortunately we were in disagreeance
about some remixing opportunties offered which I felt had held us
back from progression.
TY: Are you still in contact with the group, will you
join up for future collaborations?
Still in contact
with the group, but they have other commitments now - no plans to
join up, but I never say never
TY: You're married to one of the band members what is the
working relationship like with you both, is there the clash of personalities
as far as work ethic is concerned or has it been smooth sailing?
is business, of course there are things you would say to your husband
that you wouldn't say to someone else - (for example, 'would you like
to sing that again but in tune this time) was a classic Alvin comment
often made for a giggle
TY: You're a songwriter also, what shapes your songwriting
material, do you draw from everyday life experiences, fantasy or imagination?
of experience, a little fantasy (to add a bit more drama). Imagination
comes into it as I throw myself into the role while writing.
TY: At this point in time would you sign to a major label
or stay independent?
would like to stay independant. Most majors offer one path. . career
TY: Who are your musical influences personally?
Gaye and Diana Ross
are my biggest influences.
TY: Who would you personally like to work with singer or
producer in the industry and why?
would love to work with Musiq
Soulchild and Erykah
Badu. Wouldn't mind doing backing vocals, but I think they
do their own mostly.
TY: In the industry, who do you admire the most personally
I admire Erykah Badu,
for having individual style - songwriters such as Babyface
and I really like Darkchilds production
TY: What does Jools the person do to relax?
Dance or kick ass (taekwondo) - I'm taking my
black belt for it
TY: Would you want your daughter to follow in your
footsteps I hear she's a pretty good singer herself?
Most definately, and yes I have got her applying
for talent competitions. pushy mom!
TY: Career wise, what would be the ideal situation
Music being my day job
TY: Can you obtain it?
I will do my upmost to obtain it, if then I
fail, then at least I know I tried my hardest
TY: Are you working on any new material at the moment?
Urban Vibe . . no, but just recorded
4 tracks with Northtown Records
in London with 2 other singers under band name 'Soul
Trinity' (consist of singers Yevais
and Damian and myself) I also
record in two studios in birmingham, Dire
Hard recordings, and Darkman
productions. I am performing the latest ('Unconditional')
at Galaxy radio showcase tomorrow. ('Unconditional'
was recorded at Dire hard Recordings)
TY: To date, what's been your biggest achievement?
Musically? I don't really know . . seriously.
I don't think I have achieved yet.
TY: For someone who's thinking of becoming a singer and
song writer such as yourself, do you have any advice?
am still trying to perfect my own writing, so I suppose exactly that
... Listen to songs, never be completely satisfied that you have written
the best song you could have written.
TY: Anything you'd like to say to your fans?
I've got fans :)
TY: Joolz, it's been a pleasure as always. I wish you all
the best in your singing career and let us know when the songs
are finished, I'd love to write a review on the site for them.
Thanks TY, I will definitely do that. Keep
Juliette 'Joolz' Leon's latest hit 'Unconditional'
'Joolz' Leon's 'Take