Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ Julie Fader

Julie Fader
It’s a very exciting time for Canadian musician and songwriter Julie Fader. Recently forming a brand-new band with Graham Walsh of Holy Fuck, we couldn’t wait to discuss the new project. Dive into our interview below as we learn all about Etiquette, talented Toronto artists, Massey Hall, and love and creativity.

AMBY: Hello Julie, cheers for speaking with AMBY today. What have you been up to lately?

Julie Fader: Hi there! Recently played a couple of amazing shows with our fantastic friends in the band ALVVAYS. Just returned from a beautiful trip to Panama. Super sunny, I brought some small paintings there with me to work on, swam, read books, admired gorgeous colourful birds.

AMBY: How would you describe your sound to those unfamiliar with your music?

Julie Fader: Pretty varied. At the moment there is more focus on a synth driven sound, with some sexy bass & guitar lines weaving throughout. Make out sounds. Get lost in your headphones.

AMBY: It’s been a few years since the release of your debut album, but the finish line is “in sight” for the release of your new record. What can fans expect to hear?

Julie Fader: Well, my last record ‘Outside In’ had acoustic guitar on the whole thing, the instrument I really do most of my song writing on. Graham captured those songs sounding more like they were written for my last album.This Etiquette record is more of a complete collaboration between Graham and I. Our sounds melding, and his talents  and influence shining through. We stripped ALL of the acoustic away after the songs were written, and he had freedom to take the songs on new journeys, which was really exciting for both of us! Thrilled to be working together.

AMBY: You recently formed a new band with Graham Walsh of Holy Fuck, called Etiquette. What’s the significance behind the band’s name?

Julie Fader: It’s a name we both liked, a nice looking word, a vibe, an important thing to remember at all times – in all places, a reminder. (I haven’t really thought this through yet, still fairly new to me..)

AMBY: What’s next as far as releases go with Etiquette?

Julie Fader: A single released soon, working on some videos with some talented artists in Toronto, more live shows, more writing.

AMBY: Your Twitter describes you as a “musician, painter, soup maker.” But what’s your favourite pastime?

Julie Fader: I’m not sure I can nail down a favourite. Painting is peaceful, cooking is satisfying, writing is creative, time with my little family and travel is really the best.

AMBY: You once noted your favourite venue as Massey Hall. What the best show you’ve ever seen there?

Julie Fader: The Sharon Van Etten/Nick Cave show was a pretty jaw dropping show there last year.

AMBY: What’s your proudest achievement to date?

Julie Fader: Love and creativity.

AMBY: Who have you been listening to lately?

Julie Fader: At the moment, lots of Brian Eno, the soundtrack to The Sound of Music, Fresh Snow demos for a collaboration with them (!!), and Graham Walsh either writing or working on the new Holy Fuck record..

AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about Julie Fader that nobody knows yet?

Julie Fader: You can read that in my book.


Thank you Julie Fader, for giving us your answers!

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