1. Dance By Myself Julia Alfrida 3:07

Julia Alfrida is an independent artist from Stockholm, Sweden and probably most known for their participation in Melodifestivalen 2021 with their song “Rich”. 

Their career kicked off as they released their first single ”HER” summer 2019, which then led to them doing a guest appearance on Swedish national television to talk about the LGBTQIA+ message of the song. This then led to them performing live at Stockholm Pride, Copenhagen Pride among other great locations in Sweden during the same year. 

In February 2020 they released their debut EP ”EPISODE23”, with even more honest and raw material that hit us all close to home. Later in 2020 they won the Swedish radio contest P4 Nästa Stockholm with their song “Dark Doom” and got handpicked from the contest to participate in Melodifestivalen 2021. 

Following this they were asked to appear on a compilation album with queer artists late in the spring 2020. All the profits and proceeds from this album goes to The Trevor Project, an organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth. 

Most recent news is that Julia released their debut album “IF I DIE LET THIS ALBUM COME OUT” the 7th of October. The theme of the album circles around their “inner child”, how life, the society and the world has made an impact on them as a person. The songs of the album follows a ”througline” or red thread as we say in Sweden according to the theme while they also separate in both lyrics, genre and melody. 

We can hear the singles “Monster” and “Coming Out” on the album that Julia released last spring. “Coming Out” is about Julias coming out journey as a queer person in general but more specifically as a nonbinary person. We can also hear the exciting and suggestive single “Pride Parade” that Julia released back in July, that can be described as a dystopian pride song that is about internalized homophobia and transphobia. 

One other track that stands out from the album is “Dance By Myself” which has a very catchy vibe to it in terms of lyrics, melody and production, and you get a kind of rebellious feeling when you’re listening to that song. 

Says Julia about their music, “Many of the songs I write reflect the dark and light sides of me growing up to become the person I am today. I believe growing up as queer person and being highly sensitive has been a major reason for my mental health struggles. But it has also shown me many upsides like ability to feel, put things in perspective and express myself creatively for example. It has given me a rich emotional life and for that I’m grateful.”

What does the future hold for Julia? Julia has recently started to deliver lectures around Sweden about their life journey for younger people and also an adult audience. Julia explains that this is something that goes hand in hand with the music and messages that they put out and that gives them a greater purpose. 

Right now Julia has the ambition to start promoting their debut album and their music more and want to reach a wider international audience. They have applied and hope to be a part of a program called “Keychange” that starts in 2023 which is a program financed by the EU and that helps artists that belong to a gender minority in the music industry develop their careers.

SOURCE: Official Bio