new album

Are you a narcissist?

I knew it was risky bringing out my third album and making it self-titled.   Generally the preserve of the debut album, the eponymous title generally says 'hello world', or 'introducing...' and I've already put out two albums before this so what does doing this now say about who I was before?  How does it make sense to pick this route now?  Am I navel-gazing?  

Of course the pursuit of anything artistic can be dismissed as navel-gazing if you can't see past the creator to the creations themselves - it's what the songs are saying to YOU that matters far more than the way the songs emerged from me.  That is always the way I feel about things created - they are made to belong to everyone, for everyone to engage with and not to keep to yourself.  

But the process of writing songs and creating music or creating anything inevitably makes the creators confront themselves.  Because it's only natural that you would examine what you have made before putting it out into the world. 

And so many of my songs have come into being out of my subconscious mind that it can sometimes feel like I'm doing the aural equivalent of charting a map of unknown lands.  And when confronted with myself listening back, I have realised that the whole pursuit of making music for me has been about and continues to be one about shaping and defining an identity through sound.  A context in which to explore a human nature that doesn't 'belong' to a particular racial tribe (the consequence of a very mixed racial heritage) but belongs as we all do under the category 'human'.  Just one sentient being as we all are, feeling emotions as we all do.  

I didn't set out on this trip into music-making thinking 'I must create my sonic identity', but the further I have gone on this trip the deeper the realisation that this is what it is about.  These are interesting times as the identity issues of mixed race people of colour are just beginning to be talked about more widely and I for one am glad.  The binary world-view that we have all been encouraged to or collectively forced to exist in (and be on one side of) strips away and almost denies many complex nuances of experience and I think in many ways my music is a direct response to that. 

So in calling my third album after myself I'm expressing a thankfulness to music for giving me a context in which to know myself, I'm saying I feel like I may have reached a milestone on the way to knowing myself and I'm saying I feel like I've reached a place sonically that represents me and here it is.  But mostly I'm saying, here am I, just a person - treat me as a human-being, see all of me before you judge me, see me for the person that I am.  I'm just like you. 


Not long to go now!!!

It's come around so fast!!  Only two weeks to go til my new album 'Julia Biel' is released.  Some lovely reviews trickling through already including this very comprehensive one from Jazz in Europe.  If you've already ordered your CD via this site or via bandcamp or elsewhere, your CD will be dropping through your letterbox on 9th February or shortly after - and if you haven't yet, well, get involved!  If you do so right now, you can be part of the build-up to the big day :) 

There's so much going on behind the scenes - I've been working on a new video for 'Always' (the photo here is a still from it) - I can't wait for you to see the whole thing!  Any day now....

You can listen again here to my little chat with Jamie Cullum on his BBC Radio 2 show (14.30 mins in)... Next week there's full band live session being recorded for BBC Radio 4's Loose Ends programme... I'll be in Paris for a few days in the week of the launch and in Germany for a few days the following week doing a full round of interviews and radio sessions...  Meanwhile the ball is well and truly rolling in the Netherlands where 'Wasting Breath' has just been playlisted on NPO R2!  Later in the month it's back to Germany for a full band live session on breakfast TV. 

If you see me anywhere, hand me a bottle of water and give me a thumbs up like I'm running the marathon!!!  Thanks for all your support everyone, I couldn't do it without you.  The tour diary is filling up fast for the rest of the year so I really hope to see you somewhere along the way!



Julia Biel (still from 'Always' video).jpg

Langes Interview auf deutsch neulich erscheint! In

Vielen Dank an Jörg Konrad für seine Geduld und Güte mit mir für dieses Interview in!!

Wer 10 Minuten frei hat (und auch Deutsch redet) kann meine Antworte an vielen interessanten Fragen hier lesen :) . 

Das neue Album ist jetzt hier als Pre-Order zu bekommen!!


New album release date!!! 09.02.18. On pre-order now

It's official!!! My new self-titled album 'Julia Biel' will be released 9th Feb 2018!! 12 songs in all, it's been a real labour of love and I can't wait for you to hear it :). Thanks so so much for your support everyone, it means the world to me <3 <3 <3

You can pre-order it now and get 2 songs instantly!! Available as downloads and on CD in luxurious digipack packaging with 12-page lyric booklet.

Idris Rahman Laurent Dupuy Rob Updegraff Samy Bishai Marco Piccioni Laurence Corns Andy Gibson Roy Dodds Khanti Records Marie Britsch Jerome Dupouy brillJant alternatives HEART BEAT & SOUL handshake booking Lander PR

Photo by Jenna Foxton