In an age where getting famous is often portrayed to be as easy as going viral, longevity is often found in the artists who are deeply passionate about their work beyond the numbers or arbitrary scales of success.
The ultimate goal of pioneers like these is to “make honest songs that originate from a place deep within my subconscious and create a body of work that for a moment may reflect my existence and touch eternity,” in the words of Julian Lamadrid.
Julian Lamadrid, a 21-year-old singer-songwriter based in New York, describes his music as “space age pop.” Being a recent breakthrough, he’s already made a name for himself in the industry, releasing singles just this year like “Mess” and “Red Car.” The music videos for those singles have amassed over 300,000 views on YouTube in addition to millions of plays on streaming platforms. His combination of simple yet poignant lyrics and complex composition create a completely unique experience.
As a graduate of NYU’s film school and a die-hard fan of classic rock artists, music has always been a form of total catharsis in overwhelming or stressful times for Lamadrid. The son of Mexican expats, he grew up in Dubai, where he was exposed and became a passionate fan of Elvis, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, and Joy Division.
From writing music and playing in a band at age 14 to developing his upcoming album, Mala Noche, music has played a crucial role in his development, not only as an artist and musician, but as a human being and influencer.
After signing with Arista Records earlier this year, Lamadrid describes Mala Noche as an introduction to himself as an artist and the impact that he hopes to have through his music. It’s his “definitive debut album after years of exploring a sound and image.” He goes on to say, “It’s a vision into my mind ... portal into my world.” Mala Noche is available to stream and purchase now.
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Words by Samyukta Iyer and Danielle Irene
Portrait of Julian by Shervin Lainez
Editors: Danielle Irene, Ry X
Designers: Kathryn Zix