Julia Jacklin

Don't Let The Kids Win (Polyvinyl)

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Julia Jacklin grew up in the Blue Mountains, NSW. As a kid, she sang. First classical music, then pop-punk tunes in a high-school covers band. By the time she moved to Sydney in her early 20s, she’d cobbled together sketches of her own – observational folk songs laced with a melancholic ache, but buoyed with a wry humor and Jacklin’s rich, distinctive voice.

Fleshing them out at sporadic DIY shows and songwriter nights around Sydney, Jacklin collected a band of friends and headed to New Zealand to record with Ben Edwards (Marlon Williams, Aldous Harding, Nadia Reid). Three weeks later, she returned home with her debut album Dont Let The Kids Win.

“I thought it was going to be a heartbreak record,” says Jacklin. “But in hindsight I see it was about hitting 24 and being like wait, this isn’t what I imagined this part of my life to look like. I thought I was going to be a lot more impressive. This record came from the mad rush to make something before any more time passed me by.”

Dont Let The Kids Win was released in October, 2016. And something happened: Jacklin’s conviction was realized. This album, so concerned with the rush of passing time, slowed the clock.

“I’m finally feeling my age,” says Jacklin. “When you feel like you’ve done something worthwhile, you relax a bit. That’s a nice feeling I have now, that I definitely didn’t have when I made the record.”
Another new occurrence – Jacklin’s trajectory has soared. In the wake of the album’s release she has toured the world and been invited to perform at many of the worlds biggest festivals including Glastonbury, Primavera, Roskilde, FYF, Newport Folk, Splendour In The Grass, Latitude, Laneway and more.

Don’t Let The Kids Win has been a critics favorite, featuring on numerous end of year lists in 2016, and Jacklin has enjoyed milestone moments like nominations for APRA Australian Song of the Year, Album of the Year at the Triple J Awards, featuring on NPR’s Tiny Desk Series, and selling out the Metro Theatre in Sydney, performing to 1200 hometown fans singing back every word.

Jacklin has also relocated to Barcelona for the time being, with plans to recapture the Spanish she learned while living in Costa Rica at 19.

It’s a relentless level of ambition to live with, but after a life-changing year of touring the world, it at least comes with a level of satisfaction for what has been achieved.

“I’m quite proud of myself,” she says. “I still have a lot to prove, but I’m happy where I am right now. It’s important to recognize those moments in your life. Not let any kind of anxieties creep in. Push them out and think, ‘No, I’m going to enjoy this right now.’’

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Tour

  •  
    Jul 07, 2017
    Philadelphia, PA
    Union Transfer

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    Jul 08, 2017
    Washington, D.C.
    9:30 Club

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    Jul 11, 2017
    Cleveland, OH
    Grog Shop

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    Jul 23, 2017
    Los Angeles, CA
    FYF Fest

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    Jul 26, 2017
    Brooklyn, NY
    Union Pool

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    Jul 29, 2017
    Newport, RI
    Newport Folk Festival

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    Sat. Aug 5 – Sun. Aug 6
    Oregon, USA
    Pickathon Festival

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    Nov 13, 2017
    Brooklyn, NY
    Rough Trade

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    Nov 15, 2017
    Toronto, ON
    The Drake

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    Nov 17, 2017
    Chicago, IL
    Schubas

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    Nov 18, 2017
    Vancouver, BC
    Biltmore

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    Nov 19, 2017
    Portland, OR
    Doug Fir

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    Nov 20, 2017
    San Francisco, CA
    Café Du Nord