Getting to know July Bailey – I’m Jamaican- born and raised- after high school I left to study in America. Of course, any contact with different cultures impacts your personal culture. I feel like I’ve definitely borrowed from other people’s culture that I’ve been around, it’s inevitable.
CanadianYardie (CY): Who is July Bailey as an artist?
July Bailey (JB): Musically, July is a spectrum artist. I don’t box myself into any 1 genre. I listen widely and try to pull influences from just about everything.
CY: What sets you apart from the other emerging artists out now?
JB: Bwoy, a problem bout fi start yah now. Lol. All jokes aside, I work my ass off. I do a lot of pre-production work and I feel like most new artists neglect that. I see a vocal coach, I see a performance coach. I work really hard on vocal arrangements because I’m obsessed with background vocals. It’s so overlooked. Whatever I sound like on the track is what I sound like in person. I don’t take short cuts; I’ll re-record 1 line in a song like 50 times until it sounds like what’s in my head. Yeah, I could have the engineer vocal tune it but then I wouldn’t be able to reproduce that note live. I keep live performances in mind every step of the way.
CY: What do you most and least like about the music industry?
JB: Honestly, I’m new here so I don’t think I’ve witnessed enough to really say much. What I will say is that for newer artists, like me, you can share a genre without sharing a sound. Yuh nuh affi try sound like di next man. Do your own thing.
CY: In this social media age, is it harder or easier to get that big break everyone is searching for?
JB: I just started taking music seriously not even a full year now, so I don’t know what the process was like before the “social media age.” Trying to break out right now is hard as shit. Everyone wants to be an artiste, everyone is so loud that it’s hard to sift through the trash sometimes. Before the social media age there was a lot more quality I think. Now it’s so easy to produce content so EVERYONE seems to be trying a ting.
CY: What’s your background and how does that influence your sound?
JB: I’m Jamaican- born and raised- after high school I left to study in America. Of course, any contact with different cultures impacts your personal culture. I feel like I’ve definitely borrowed from other people’s culture that I’ve been around, it’s inevitable.
CY: Do you write all your music?
JB: If July Bailey said it, July Bailey wrote it -*Nicki Minaj voice*
CY: Where did the inspiration come for the track BAD YAADIE?
JB: Oh man. Bad Yaadie so wasn’t supposed to exist. Lol. I had another track that I had recorded and was about to put it out. Everything was set to go. I was up listening to beats the night before I was supposed to drop it and found the Bad Yaadie beat and I couldn’t stop listening to it. I started mumbling the melody and at first I was gonna write something soft, but then I was like fuck that shit. Lol. I started talking mad shit. I wrote the whole song in a few hours, recorded it in under 2 hours, got it mixed and mastered in less than a day. It went by so fast.
CY: Musically, what are your biggest influences and who are your favorite musicians?
JB: My biggest musical influence is for sure Tanya Stephens. I’ve studied her music. Literally. The way she writes is just amazing. There’s an element of vulnerability and candidness that she puts into all her songs that I try to emulate. Her work is phenominal.
CY: What is the best advice you have received so far on your musical journey?
JB: So I’ve received two solid advice that I’m so happy I received this early in my career:
1) Copyright your lyrics and register your music
2) Learn the business so that you can audit your manager and everyone else on your team.
CY: Tell us about your biggest accomplishment musically so far.
JB: My biggest accomplishment so far would definitely have to be the amount of love Bad Yaadie is getting. It’s a
CY: Who would you want to work with why?
JB: I would give a kidney to work with Tanya Stephens.
CY: What should we look out for, from July Bailey for the remainder of the year and beyond?
JB: I have a few records in the works that should be dropping throughout the rest of the year. It’s just a bag a hits and quality music.
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Originally posted 2019-07-09 10:26:56. Republished by Blog Post Promoter