Music Q&A:
Julia Jacklin

Six months since we last spoke to the Aussie songstress she's back up north, playing 4 Nov, Leeds Belgrave Music Hall and 7 Nov, Manchester’s Gorilla

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What informs your music and songwriting?
YouTube, thinking “what would Leonard Cohen do?” daily, driving my car, Paul Kelly’s book How to Make Gravy, wanting to be more like Björk.

How have you evolved as an artist over the years?

I think I’ve gotten better! From practising and playing and touring non stop. I think my voice has lowered in a good way and I have more range. I haven’t gone through any radical changes – I’ve just gotten better at what I do through a lot of trial and error, I guess.

What are you up to at the moment artistically?
I’m currently trying to write the scary second record. I have most of it, I think, but I want to just write and write till I have nothing left and then sift through it for the best stuff.

What’s on your rider?

Nothing exciting yet – give me a few years. Just healthy stuff so we don’t all get scurvy and high cholesterol.

Tell us your most embarrassing or surreal experience.

Touching Erykah Badu’s elbow at a concert after standing in one spot for six hours waiting.

What song do you wish you’d written?

To Think That I Once Loved You – The Drones.

What’s your worst lyric?

I think they all do the job that was required of them at the time.

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