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Julie Outrage Untold

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Creative Saturday is finding it's home! This past weekend, the RRC held it's second Creative Saturday at CHACC. It was exactly what we've come to expect of a Creative Saturday evening - Some freestyle, some spoken word, some art supplies, a couple headliners, and a dynamic group of creatives. Although the weather last weekend was this same rainy deal DC's got going on these days, the vibe inside was bright and warm. As Mr. P says, on a Saturday night, it's a blessing to be in a room full of stories!

At this past Creative Saturday, one of the stories that we heard came from Julie Outrage. A funky, queer, West African woman of color, the crowed loved her style. And after her set, the RRC's resident producer, SPNDRFT, kept her onstage for a minute to ask about her creative process, her style, and what she's got planned next. Read a part of that interview below, and follower her on FBIG | Sound Cloud | her website!

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SPN – When did you realize that your creativity was something special? Not all of us can stand up here and do what you just did!

Julie O. – I think I was always just a punk as a person! I was born in West Africa, my family is African, and I’ve always felt like I didn’t really fit in with my family, with my friends, and other things. That’s what maybe attracted me to music.  I would sit down and just play Jimmy Hendrix for like seven hours straight!

SPN – Dang!

Julie O. – I ended up having a guitar teacher that I took lessons with for a year and he kept teaching me - he took me under his wing and taught me Led Zeppelin. In college I tried to be a jazz guitar major. But they told me the type of jazz I play is not what they teach there!

They wouldn’t let me in their program at first and I had to re-audition. When I got in, I was the only girl in the jazz guitar program, I was the only black person in the jazz guitar program. I was sitting there learning percussion from a white guy telling me that “the jazz we teach here is not what you play!” I was like, well I don’t know if I want to play your kind of music. They kicked me out of their program.

SPN – I feel like “that’s not jazz enough for us” is the least jazz-y thing to say! I mean, there are some Miles Davis albums where you’re like “what the fuck are you on right now?!” He’s just trippin’ out. But yeah, that part of your story is really sad.

But now as an artist here in DC, what are you trying to do? What vibes are you trying to create in this space as you see it, and why to you feel that’s valuable as a form of expression?

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Julie O. ­– In general, I think it’s important for us all to see a broad range of musical styles. But I like doing something different that they haven’t seen. I’m a queer, indigenous, person of color playing guitar. You know there’s not a lot of people like that, and being up here I’m showing everyone that I’m not gonna be ashamed of that.  I’m gonna be who the fuck I am.

Crowd – Yeah!

Julie O. – People are gonna see that and deal with that. And then through the creative spaces in DC I’m meeting people through that community. I met you all (the StayDRMN crowd) when I was doing the documentary tour with the Boys Institute (because I’m a film maker as well). And I was amazed by this awesome group doing cool stuff in their community. I knew I wanted to be involved in that

SPN - What is on the horizon? Where are you going as an artist, and how can we follow that journey?

Julie O. – I’m always looking for people to play with. I play with different people for different shows...I’m always up to collaborate with creative people. I also do film. I have an EP coming up soon...

Crowd – New shit!!!

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Obviously the crowd that night was excited for Julie O.'s new shit. And you should be too! Follow her on FBIG | Sound Cloud | her website to get the latest on her creative vibes and the new shit she's coming out with soon!