She also played keys for Remote Wonder and bass for alternative synth pop band All Dressed. “The Toronto based artist clearly doesn’t construct her sound around any boundaries of genres with her delectable infusion of Indie, Folk, Pop, Hip Hop and Rock all into one hauntingly resonant track.” Just Jillian has a long history in the Toronto music scene. She is a multi-instrumentalist, playing guitar, keyboards, bass and drums. She has played gigs all over the world up to and including CBGBs in NYC. After traveling the world with a guitar in hand, she is back in her home town promoting the 2019 release of her debut album "What Day Is It" under UK label Blackdown Music.
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What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
Tough question. As an artist it’s hard to know exactly where you fit in. I feel ANR Factory said it best “The Toronto based artist clearly doesn’t construct her sound around any boundaries of genres with her delectable infusion of Indie, Folk, Pop, Hip Hop and Rock all into on hauntingly resonant track”.
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
Having been in so many different bands it was always a process coming up with a name. After playing bass for “All Dressed”, going solo I decided to take a different direction. Just Jillian summed it up.
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
Growing up I listened to a lot of grunge and 80s New Wave. Nirvana, The Pixies, The Talking Heads to name a few. In my later years I opened up the door to many more influences including Beck, Amy Winehouse and Toronto folk artist Jerry Leger.
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
I have a follow up album for “What Day Is It” in the works but am also toying with the idea of doing a Canadian covers album to give some lesser known Canadian artists some exposure. I also recently bought a cigar box guitar which is the first electric guitar that I am inspired to write on. It’s very possible my third record will be a straight up blues album.
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
My goals are probably more simple than the vast majority of artists. I have no illusions of grandeur here. What I would love is the opportunity to do some small touring at festivals and play to a receptive audience and continue to write and create music.
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
I love doing “Free Radio” live with Redkin. He’s new to the live band performance so it’s great to have such a fresh and raw live experience with him. Ever since I saw the Roots in concert, I’ve always felt Hip Hop is best performed with a live band.
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far?
There’s so many challenges in this industry it’s hard to pick just one. I guess overcoming my feelings that I’m not lead singer material and going solo was a huge challenge. I always struggle with lyrics as well and finding the right words to deliver the message.
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
Music always comes first. I find it so easy to come up with a riff or general arrangement of a song. The hard part is putting together the lyrical content. I generally have song themes rolling around in my head all of the time with big messages like greed, alienation, corruption, heartbreak and spend years pulling words out of the ether in order to connect them to the music I’ve created. Three Seconds I wrote in my early 20s after experiencing a shooting on the street. It was such a big concept and hard to put into words which is why I didn’t actually finish it until 8 years later. The lyrics end up capturing the moment when you can’t explain yourself which is sort of ironic I guess.
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
I’m the first to admit I’m terrible at social media. I guess it’s influenced me by dragging me into the new millennium kicking and screaming.
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
The War On Drugs - Thinking of a Place
The Del Fi’s - Bridget Bargot
Manu Chao - Desaparecido
Bombay Bicycle Club - Luna
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
I’ve been making music since I was a kid. After a few band break ups I took a few years off and made map art instead. You can check out my work at www.madmaps.ca. I love maps and how they show climate dictates culture.
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
Yes do your homework and check your ego at the door. In this industry, unlike what’s commonly thought, humility is everything. The whole rock star attitude is long dead.
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?:
The way streaming pays artists. It’s just not a fair structure and gives so little back to the artist.
How Do You Feel About Originality?
I think being authentic is the most important quality an artist can have. The minute you start to shape your sound to conform to what you think people want to hear is the minute you stop being an artist. Stay original. Be weird. There’s a market for authenticity.
Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?
If you're interested in other projects I’ve been part of, check out self titled album by Remote Wonder and the Del Fi’s second record “Residuals”. I play piano/keys on both.
Also as a long time musician I’d just like to thank the audience for supporting independent music. It means the world....