"For the past year and some change the world has been in turmoil due to Pandemic, Social injustices, protests, and deaths. My song "PULL UP" is representing of post 1920's depression and Spanish Flu era as they moved into prohibition and social gathering activities. The one constant that never seems to fade away is getting together to improve your mood, whether getting over something negative or celebrating something positive . People need their outlet. PULL UP is my call to action for the World to PULL UP and elevate." - Julian Brittano
For those unfamiliar with the multi-faceted talent of Julian Brittano, please provide our readers with a quick overview of who you are as an artist, businessman, and community leader. I am the Renaissance Man. I have a complete knowledge of how Art & Manifestation work hand in hand. I utilize each component of myself as leverage for the others. As an Artist I can paint pictures thru music or film to convey messages and plant proper seeds to the youth and whoever else is observing. The lives or ground (community) are broken up to receive the seeds by the business practices. As long as we can meet the community where they are and assist with some of their needs, they are receptive to the messages (seeds), and hopefully my life serves as a model and example of what they can do and beyond.
What people, experiences, etc. influenced your early development as a music producer and artist? I was really influenced some by Dr. Dre, Suge, Ruff Ryders, Cash Money, No Limit, the ROC, and those are really more for seeing people that come from communities like mine, making moves. I was really a serial Entrepreneur all my life, so anyone that made their way and carved out the majority of their lane has been some sort of influence in my approach to my identity. Also the many nights Bouncing at various clubs night after night hearing all genres of music has played a role in my production choices.
Name a skillset from your acting career that has helped elevate your music career.
I have to laugh but Acting has taught me how to appreciate my own voice and style of delivery. The more grounded I became with my sound on camera showed me to slow down and enjoy each line. In acting we call it being present or in the moment.
As an individual who has a positive impact on the youth in your community, what do you believe is key to increasing the access that youth have to develop skills that are required for success? They Key to increasing the access for our youth is, developing more pipeline programs via our own (PPP) Private Public Partnerships. Meaning creating opportunities and experiences for them to tap directly into their purpose and passions with guidance and resources along the way, while cultivating an environment for innovative thinking.
Who is your favorite rapper turned actor? Why?
I'm my favorite Rapper turned Actor back to Rapper. LOL It's been a real life changing experience to utilize my past to bring me full circle. However there are people that I have to give props to such as, the late DMX, Will Smith, Mos Def, 50, LL Cool J, Xzibit, Method Man, Ice Cube, and there are quite a few more. I know what it's like to balance out your energies to deliver on both platforms.
COVID-19, the economy, social injustice, and other variables have negatively impacted people's mental health. What piece of advice would you give to a fellow creative who is struggling to stay motivated during these times? People need to hear from you all. Help tell stories that people can meet you at or connect, and from there take them on a journey. One that impacts those around them and create some form of legacy.
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