Julia Jacklin

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Julia Jacklin
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Julia Jacklin at the Roskilde Festival, 2017
Background information
Born (1990-08-30) 30 August 1990 (age 28)
OriginSydney, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation(s)composer, musician
InstrumentsVocals, Guitar
Years active2013 – present
Associated actsPhantastic Ferniture, Salta, Elizabeth Hughes

Julia Jacklin (born 30 August 1990) is an Australian singer/songwriter based in Sydney, Australia.[2]


Jacklin grew up in the Blue Mountains, Australia, in a family of school teachers. Inspired by Britney Spears, at the age of 10 she took classical singing lessons before joining a high school band which did Avril Lavigne and Evanescence covers.[3] She studied social policy at Sydney University,[4] and after graduating she lived in a garage in Glebe, a suburb of Sydney, and worked in a factory making essential oils.[5] Growing up, Jacklin didn't know anyone who was a full-time musician, and her family didn't understand what it meant to be a musician: “They didn’t really see it as being something that was going to work out, at all,” Jacklin says in an interview with Sound of Boston.[6] She continued to perform locally,[2] and formed the band Salta together with Liz Hughes in 2012.[7][8]

She gained an audience and significant critical acclaim through her first two singles "Pool Party" and "Coming of Age" which both received radio airplay on BBC Radio 6 Music.[9] She has been touring extensively since March 2016 in the US, UK, Europe and Australia, appearing at various festivals (most notably End of the Road Festival, Electric Picnic and South by Southwest). She has played headline gigs and has also supported artists such as Whitney, Marlon Williams and Okkervil River.[10] In 2016, Rolling Stone Australia tipped Jacklin as one of their "Future Is Now" artists,[11] while Triple J nominated her for a J Award for Unearthed Artist of the Year.[12] Jacklin didn't really consider herself a full-time musician until August 2016 when she really started touring and figured she couldn't work her regular job anymore.[13]

Her debut studio album, Don't Let the Kids Win, was released in October 2016 on Transgressive Records.[2] The Guardian described it as "one of those albums that will slowly creep into the affections of a large number of people" while Rolling Stone Australia found her songs "simple and unadorned".[14] The album was recorded and produced by Bed Edwards over a three-week period.[3] It features Eddie Boyd (guitar), Tom Stephens (drums, bass), Mitchell Lloyd (bass), Joe McCallum (drums).

In January 2017, Julia Jacklin was named "Next Big Thing" at the FBi Radio SMAC Awards for 2016[15] before she embarked on another extensive tour of Europe. In April 2017, Julia Jacklin appeared on the cover of Australian music magazine, Happy Mag.[16]

In March 2018 Jacklin confirmed, via social media, that she had completed her second album.


Allmusic described her music as a 'meld of dreamy indie pop and confessional alt-country',[2] while she cites as her influences Doris Day, The Andrews Sisters, Björk and Billy Bragg.[17][3] She has also mentioned Fiona Apple and Leonard Cohen as influences.[13]

Visual style[edit]

In an interview with Sound of Boston, Jacklin notes her music video style is inspired by Lars Tunbjörk, a Swedish photographer who captured the mundane and absurd moments of modern life.[5] Due to pressure from her label and the deadline for pressing vinyl, the artwork for Don't Let The Kids Win was shot in a house in the Blue Mountains, and the blue yoga ball was included to add colour.[5]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak positions
Don't Let the Kids Win 42
  • Released: 22 February 2019
  • Label: Transgressive, Polyvinyl, Liberation[21]
22 67


  • "Don't Let the Kids Win" (2016)[21]
  • "Pool Party" (2016)[21]
  • "Leadlight" (2016)[23]
  • "Coming of Age" (2016)[21]
  • "Hay Plain" (2016)[24]
  • "Eastwick / Cold Caller" (2017)[21]
  • "Body" (2018)[25]
  • "Head Alone" (2018)[26]
  • "Pressure to Party" (2019)[27]
  • "Comfort" (2019)[28]


  1. ^ "Your Definitive Guide to the Hunter's Live Music, Movies and Theatre". The Newcastle Herald. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 2 February 2018. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d Monger, James Christopher. "Julia Jacklin | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-11-08.
  3. ^ a b c Cartledge, Luke (30 August 2016). "Coming Of Age: An Interview With Julia Jacklin". The Quietus. Retrieved 2016-11-08.
  4. ^ Snook, Emma (2016-10-10). "Don't Let The Kids Win: Julia Jacklin". DIY Magazine. Retrieved 2016-10-28.
  5. ^ a b c Bedian, Knar. "Interview: Talking Business Cards and Custom Fonts with Julia Jacklin". Sound of Boston. Sound of Boston. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  6. ^ "Julia Jacklin website". Retrieved 2016-10-26.
  7. ^ Collis, Andrew (2013-09-29). "Two ladies, two guitars …' – An interview with Julia Jacklin of Salta". South Sydney Herald. Retrieved 2016-10-28.
  8. ^ "Salta - Artist Directory". TeamRock. Retrieved 2016-11-08.
  9. ^ "comparemyradio.com". Retrieved 2016-10-27.
  10. ^ "songkick.com". Retrieved 2016-10-27.
  11. ^ Shanahan, Lucy (2016-10-25). "Rolling Stone Australia". Rolling Stone Australia. Retrieved 2016-10-26.
  12. ^ "J Awards 2016: Nominations for 2016". Triple J. 2 November 2016. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  13. ^ a b "Interview: Julia Jacklin on L.A., becoming a full-time musician, In N Out Burger". Pass The Aux. Retrieved 2017-04-13.
  14. ^ Don't Let The Kids Win reviews:
  15. ^ "FBi SMAC Awards 2016".
  16. ^ "Interview with Julia Jacklin - Happy Mag issue # 4".
  17. ^ Phillips, Greg. "Australian Musician". Retrieved 2016-10-28.
  18. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 31 October 2016. Retrieved 29 October 2016.
  19. ^ "NZ Top 40 Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 4 March 2019. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  20. ^ "Julia Jacklin | full Official Chart history". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  21. ^ a b c d e f "Julia Jacklin". Discogs.
  22. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 4 March 2019. Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  23. ^ "Julia Jacklin Shares New Song 'Leadlight' & Australian Tour Dates". Music Feeds. 15 July 2016.
  24. ^ Records, Transgressive. "Listen to 'Hay Plain' a week before the release of Julia Jacklin's debut album". www.transgressiverecords.com.
  25. ^ "One Song Considered: Julia Jacklin's 'Body'". NPR.org.
  26. ^ Newstead, Al (8 November 2018). "First Spin: Julia Jacklin shares 'Head Alone', announces new album and tour". triple j.
  27. ^ "Julia Jacklin shares propulsive new single "Pressure to Party": Stream". 24 January 2019.
  28. ^ "Julia Jacklin Makes a 'Crushing' Statement Of Self". NPR.org.

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