Julie Elven Interview
TMV: Can you talk a bit about your background in music?
As a young child, music was something I experienced through my Mom – she accompanied her householding with improvised singing… every task had its song! Me and my sisters imitated her, discovering singing as a natural activity.
My instrumental journey began when I was nine – piano lessons. I begged my parents! My piano teacher was a compassionate and free spirit, so she let me choose the pieces and encouraged my creativity, letting technique play a minor role. I feel grateful when thinking back. As a teenager, I passionately took dancing lessons, learned to play the violin, wrote my first original melodies and dreamed of being a jazz singer.
However, I didn’t really like to play by notes. My ears were much faster at internalising melodies and chords! When I quitted lessons at 18, a whole new world enfolded: For the first time, there was no technique anymore, no playing by notes, just ‘listening’. More and more, I learned to fully trust on my intuition in this area. This was when I began to develop my own style in music.
TMV: How did it feel to work with noted trailer music composers like Ivan Torrent?
It was a totally new experience. ‘Icarus’ with Ivan Torrent was the beginning of my cinematic vocals journey. And I was nervous as hell when I recorded the first lines!! Working with Ivan was not only musically stimulating – he is also a very kind spirit as a person.
Listening to ‘Icarus’, more and more cinematic composers began to reach out to me. I am grateful for being involved in various projects since then, each inspiring in its unique way!
TMV: Any upcoming projects?
Alongside the cinematic projects which I love, I’ve bought myself a cello which I am currently learning to play. I love the sound so much… I could not resist. (:
TMV: Additional comments?
Thank you for this interview!
And Thank you to Julie Elven for takign the time to answer our questions!