FYIG recently had the chance to chat with hip-hop artist Julian Waldron about his new single From Nothing. Find out more about Julian and his transition from football to music right here!
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Julian Waldron! I was born and raised in the ‘242’, (Bahamas). Growing up on the islands is a very humbling experience. I was fortunate growing up to live in different countries and experience different cultures and traveling around is what makes me unique. Now that I’m older, I realize there really is no place like home. One of my goals is to shed light on my country in any way that I can, right now I’m trying to do that through my music.
Your mom had a dream to see her kids go to college. You tried to make that happen by pursuing a career in football to obtain a scholarship. Was that something you were seriously considering on making a career out of or has music always been your bigger passion?
This is an interesting question. My older brother always told me that I was going to be a rapper, I had no idea at the time that I would be on this route. I used to get in trouble from my teachers for rapping and making music all the time in class.
Football was a different kind of passion. I always saw football as my meal ticket and I had a lot of love for the sport. Music was always in my heart, but I thought that football was a better shot at giving my family a better life. My goal in life and in my career has always been to shed light on the islands of the Bahamas and open doors for athletes and artists alike. As I got older, I realized that I could do that through football or through my music.
You were recruited to play football in Miami and you received several Division 1 college offers and just as you accepted one, your student visa got denied. How did you cope with that setback?
Through God. That was one of the hardest times of my life, it was by his grace that I didn’t lose my mind. I thought I had lost it all. I thought this was the one way to make my dreams come true and I was devastated when it went away. I couldn’t figure out why I was going through it, I thought I had done everything right and then I still failed. Now, I realize that God had a bigger plan for me. Everything happens for a reason, I wouldn’t be the person I am today or where I am today if I didn’t go through that.
You channeled all those frustrations and emotions into writing. Is that when you realized that you could make a career as a music artist?
Definitely. I came to realize that time wasn’t waiting for me. I wasn’t going to let a tiny piece of paper deter me from my dreams and determine my future. I turned to my passion for music. Through writing my frustrations down, I started to turn those into lyrics. It wasn’t long before I realized that my goals were salvageable. This music thing could actually work out for me. I knew I had the drive and talent, I just needed someone to listen to what I had to say.
How would you describe your sound/musical style?
That’s a that is hard to answer. If you’ve followed my music over time, you would understand why. My music has always had a mind and a mood of its own. No two songs are really alike. It’s always something different to look forward to. Different personalities and different experiences are the best way to explain it.
What can audiences expect from your debut single From Nothing?
‘From Nothing’ is just an introduction to this story that I’m trying to tell. I’m really excited about it. I always had a hard time letting people in and opening up, my music is a way to tell my story to anyone who is willing to listen. ‘From Nothing’ is pure honesty, pain, and nostalgia wrapped into one.
What was it like working with KYNGS and PDUB?
PDUB is a legend to me, I’ve listened to his work and it left me astonished. You can tell that he’s passionate about what he does. I’m looking forward to finally meeting him in person and doing work together in the near future. KYNGS are my favorite DJ duo out there. I’m a major fan, I bump their stuff on a daily basis. Ashton and Josh both bring to the table as individuals that would make waves, but they were smart enough to come together to create a really profound sound. I’m sure anyone who listens to their music would say the same.
It’s been a blessing to work with such industry greats. For your first single, it has been like winning the lottery your first time playing. It reminds me to stay humble and let God continue to do his thing. He has provided me with a platform and team of great men who genuinely want to see me succeed.
Is a debut album in the works? When can we expect it if so?
Right now, my main focus is to get ‘From Nothing’ out to as many people as possible. I have a lot of music dying to be released, but I want to stay focused. It’s possible that a new project could turn into an album really soon, but only time will tell!
Are there any music artists that you’d like to work with?
A KYNGS feature would be unreal. I honestly would like to venture into that realm. I got a thousand things I would like to do with them, I think it would be really diverse. Trust me, it would be wicked if you ever see a ‘KYNGS ft. Julian Waldron’!
What are your goals as an artist?
My goal as an artist is to make my listeners feel something. I want to have Bahamas ringing in conversation. I want people curious about what lies deep inside the limestone, beyond the sun, sand, and water that my home is known for.
Let the readers know where to find you online.
I’m most active on Instagram @JulianWaldronMusic and Facebook @JulianWaldronMusic, so make sure you follow me there! I love feedback from all of my followers. Tell me what you think about ‘From Nothing’, what you guys are into and what you’d wanna hear next!