Story / Jennalynn Fung

Images / Michelle C., Dillon Matthew

(Photograph: Michelle)

Juliet Ivy’s efficiency at 88rising’s Head within the Clouds in Forest Hills Stadium is one thing of a homecoming, on condition that she grew up just some blocks away from it. “It’s essentially the most full circle factor ever,” she exclaims, her pleasure and near-disbelief palpable. “It simply feels surreal. I’m simply honored to be at a competition that’s stuffed with power and light-weight and celebrating Asian American artists.” 

Her complete household is in attendance, as are her neighbors, her highschool mates, faculty mates, and music mates. “Everybody’s right here. It simply feels just like the stadium is simply so full of affection and I’m actually glad.” All of her realities have converged at this one second – to have fun how far she’s come as an artist. 

Just like the cereal in her single “Breakfast Track,” Juliet Ivy’s music profession and private identification are an amalgamation of a number of completely different components. Her music has been described as a mix of pop, indie, R&B, and hyper-pop– in different phrases, it’s a really distinctive sound. She states that a number of the music she makes was influenced by dwelling in New York with mates of many alternative backgrounds. It’s “the spirit of embracing all the pieces prefer it’s mine,” she states proudly. Ivy is of Chinese language-Colombian heritage – music from each of those cultures have influenced her, and he or she sometimes will cowl Spanish songs at her reveals. “Any time I sing any music in Spanish, I really feel actually linked to my household. I’ve but to sing in Chinese language, however I actually wish to.” 

She’s taken Chinese language and Colombian artwork to coronary heart, and has captured a younger viewers shortly due to how she embodies each cultures so wholly. These are “two very various things which are equally as me and as genuine to me – I carry that spirit and power into making music. I really feel linked to a number of completely different genres.” 

It’s tough to imagine that despite her closely musical upbringing, Juliet Ivy as soon as wasn’t certain if turning into a musician was truly potential. It wasn’t till she studied on the Clive Davis Institute at NYU that she determined to attempt to flip her desires into actuality. “I didn’t know the right way to enter the music business, however it was all the time my largest dream. As soon as I went to a school of music and began studying about the right way to truly get your foot on this enterprise and on this world, I used to be totally dedicated to doing it. I really feel so fortunate that I’m able to try this now.” 

Ivy nonetheless remembers the lecture at Clive Davis she attended as a freshman that modified her life. The visitor speaker had a presentation with a backside line of: “do what you need.” The singer, a scholar on the time, interpreted this message as “doing precisely what you need, making the music that you just like, writing about issues that you just wish to write about, not that you just assume you’re alleged to do.” 

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Like her lyrics in “we’re all consuming one another,” Ivy totally acknowledges the truth that being born occurred by likelihood – and we’re extra just like vegetation than we’re gods. Her intention to change into somebody particular, a singer, to validate her childhood fantasies, was one thing she did as a substitute of inflating her ego in different methods the standard particular person may: climbing the company ladder, kissing up for a elevate, driving luxurious automobiles. We’re all going to die – we don’t reside eternally, so as a substitute of pretending to be tremendous severe, she went after a dream. She determined to do what she preferred – what she wished. 

When she first began writing songs, she was below the impression that there have been definitive methods to begin and guidelines she needed to comply with. Ivy even tried writing love songs as a result of she thought that was what was anticipated. However as she started listening to her personal instinct, she realized she knew which buttons to press and what melodies she wished to create innately. This was the turning level for her. 

“I began writing about existentialism – life and loss of life and being a human – all of these rabbit gap ideas. That’s once I was like – my God, that is songwriting to me. And now I simply lead with that. I’ll all the time simply be like, ‘do what you need.’” 

She explains that that is precisely what “Breakfast Track” is about – “how no person is aware of what they’re doing, we’re all simply pretending, and it’s releasing in a method.” Discovering that writing songs may transcend the standard romantic serenades finally result in the event and launch of her 2023 EP, playpen. What began as a easy ardour undertaking – the achievement of a childhood dream – ended up stunning her: she hadn’t anticipated her work to resonate with so many different individuals. 

“I used to be so shocked as a result of I used to be truly unsure if that music could be relatable. It’s so loopy to be like, ‘we’re all going to die and we’re all consuming one another.’” She mentions that after rising her social media presence, Ivy obtained a number of messages from individuals about the way it had “cured their concern of loss of life,” gotten them via exhausting instances, or modified their perspective on life. The singer now realizes that life and loss of life is what makes us human, which explains her music has been so relatable. 

One other inspiration to her music is all of the motion in life that makes it value dwelling – she mentions one in every of her favourite pastimes is to people-watch, whether or not that be on the streets of New York or simply scrolling on TikTok, watching what others take curiosity in. Her observations on the subway had been truly a serious idea for her first EP. 

She confesses although that she’s not an enormous ebook reader. “My concepts come from human interplay and seeing individuals, and speaking to my mates who’re so good.” At a younger age, she would additionally focus on the human mind and habits together with her dad, a psychologist. Her eager observations on humanity as an entire have enabled her to create social media content material that constantly goes viral. In December 2023 alone, she grew her following from 4 digits to 6. 

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Juliet Ivy’s music stands out within the crowded panorama of up to date pop and dreamy-bedroom pop on account of her eclectic and uncooked strategy. In contrast to many mainstream artists who concentrate on polished, high-production tracks, Ivy blends R&B, hyper pop, and components from her Chinese language and Colombian heritage, creating a novel and deeply private sound. Whereas dreamy-bedroom pop sometimes options introspective lyrics and lo-fi manufacturing, Ivy units herself aside by exploring complicated emotional landscapes and existential themes, providing a extra thought-provoking expertise. Her seamless integration of her multicultural background into her music provides a wealthy, various texture that’s not often present in mainstream pop, making her a really distinctive artist.

In different phrases, she’s writing and singing about issues that beforehand didn’t have a presence within the music business. Contemplating her biracial heritage and talent to satisfy the music business’s magnificence requirements, she is sure to be a staple of Gen Z music, and serves for example of what you’ll be able to accomplish whenever you ‘do what you need’. Ivy revealed that her subsequent EP will dive deeply into who she is; it displays what she loves most about music: how open she will be about herself to others. 

“It’s so enjoyable to bounce again off of people. I’m actually social and I wish to be round individuals. To be round a thousand individuals is so enjoyable,” she exclaims, off the excessive of performing in Forest Hills Stadium. “I’ve by no means been secretive. I actually like to speak and share issues about myself and open the ebook. The extra I can share, the higher.” 

Whereas her open-book strategy to sharing her life invitations followers into her world – which has majorly spurred her progress – it additionally encourages morally grey, parasocial relationships. Her willingness to be seen and heard, to take in the sunshine and put on shiny pink for each efficiency poises Ivy to change into a big cultural drive, capturing the hearts and minds of a era in search of authenticity, depth, candidness about despair of their musical icons. 

Contemplating she is simply 23 at the moment, the one factor left to surprise is when she may decide she has executed sufficient of what she’s wished and overshared  – if she ever feels that method, in any respect.

(Photograph: Michelle)