Julius Cowdrey is a British singer/songwriter from Kent, England. Despite coming from a famous sporting background where his father and grandfather both captained the England cricket team, Julius discovered his talent and love for music at a very young age whilst singing in school choirs and concerts and quickly immersed himself into his passion.
Known also for his role as one of the star performers in award-winning reality TV series Made In Chelsea, Cowdrey eventually left the show to focus on his true ambition and has since been making a name for himself as an artist. Inspired by the likes of Elton John, Coldplay and James Blake, Cowdrey is following the legacy of British talent.
Splitting his time between London and Los Angeles, Cowdrey has performed at prestigious venues around the world, including the legendary Hotel Cafe in Hollywood and London’s famous nightclub, Mahiki. The musician has seen success with his first single ‘7 Roads (I See You)’ going straight to No.1 in the iTunes singer/songwriter charts and amassing over one million streams on Spotify alone. Julius Cowdrey continues to enthral audiences worldwide with ‘If This Is Love Then I Must Hate You’ and ‘Better Day’ currently available worldwide.
We had the opportunity to catch up with Cowdrey and talk new music, songwriting and what’s next.
Kat: Can you talk about the inspiration behind your new singles “‘If This Is Love Then I Must Hate You’ and ‘Better Day”?
Julius: I wrote ‘If This Is Love Then I Must Hate You’ with Benjamin Totten & Jack Hawitt, I went into the studio not wanting to write another song about a girl. It’s actually written about the music industry and disguised as heartbreak. I’ve had a rough ride with past managers and sharks that roam in these muddy music waters and it was on my mind that day, so we wrote this song.
‘Better Day’ is a song written about betrayal. I was hugely let down and betrayed by my ex and I wrote this with a great producer Aaron Ferucci. I was in a dark place at the time and this songwriting session was real therapy for me. Sadly we all get let down in life and I hope this song can be related to and can help others.
Kat: Can you talk about your songwriting process?
Julius: Sure, it’s always different to be honest. For these two songs we started with the idea and what we wanted to write about, this is always what is fresh in my mind at the time and what I’d like to get off my chest. Then we start singing some ideas, playing around with chords and when it feels right we just vibe and gel…it’s really fun. We keep throwing ideas out until they stick and then when we’ve got a basic instrumental/percussion/backing (etc) and a melody, then we start working on the lyrics.
Kat: How, if any has your appearance on reality TV series Made In Chelsea influenced or inspired your music?
Julius: It hasn’t really done either, but it has been great for my exposure and feel lucky for that!
Kat: Do you have any role models or music artists who have inspired you and/or your sound? If so, who?
Julius: Yes a few, Ryan Tedder is my songwriting idol, love his voice too. He seems to be writing for everyone at the moment and they are hits every time. Chris Martin, I’ve always admired him and Coldplay’s epic performances and ability to write smash records one after another, after another! Elton John, from a young age I always looked up to him and loved how he could play piano and sing at the same time, this inspired me to learn the piano.
Kat: What’s next?
Julius: I’m in the studio for the next few months now and writing with some amazing people! I’m super excited about it. It’s what I really need. I want to write another 50-100 songs and pick my best songs out of there and possibly release an EP / album, but we shall see!
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