A classical pianist, a contestant on Australia’s X-Factor, a budding K-pop star…these are all descriptors that in the past have been used to describe Julia Wu. Yet now, the 24 year-old Asian Australian stands tall as one of the Mandopop industry’s most popular and sought-after R&B acts. When quizzed about how all these bizarrely different career trajectories led her to her current path, Wu’s answer revealed even more of her down-to-earth nature.
“I think when I took up all these challenges and opportunities, to me it’s always been learning opportunities, everything I did. I didn’t think too much going into it, I thought … I love singing, there’s an opportunity to go into that industry, I’m gonna take it.”
Debuting just two years ago in 2017 with her first album 1:28, Wu saw niche interest in her music accumulate with several lo-fi R&B tracks such as Under the Taipei Night Sky台北夜空下 and 你是不是有點動心 , before collaborations with some of the Taiwanese hip-hop community’s hottest tracks of the year (Walk Until We Fly走到飛, Mybong買榜) saw her visibility skyrocket exponentially in 2018.
“Being an artist at first, I didn’t even know what kind of artist position I was going to have. And neither did my company. They were like ‘Julia do you want to be a cool girl or do you want to go the sweet route?’ … I was like ‘I don’t know, how am I supposed to know?’ And that was at the point where no one was listening to my music, I was very new. But as I went along, people really related to my music, Under the Taipei Night Sky 台北夜空下，Do You Feel It Too 你是不是有點動心，and that kind of got the word spread out … because I’m not packaged I just came out and said hello to everybody (laughs). And I’m just grateful they like what they see and what they hear.”