Julien Chang’s 2019

Photo of Julien Chang (photo credit Erica Snyder)

What’s been the most exciting thing you’ve done in 2019?

I spent this summer backpacking through Europe for almost three months. It was the first time I had left America. I was moving around from city to city every couple of days and staying in hostel bunk beds and going out with strangers and so on. I know that wandering through western Europe is hardly very impressive to an experienced traveler. It’s like the beginner level. But having lived my whole life in Baltimore and not having traveled very much at all, it was a really unique time. Venice is nothing like Baltimore. That’s the truth. I was just back in Europe last week for my first tour. Coming back with a performative mindset as opposed to the contemplative one that I was able to travel with over the summer was again a totally unique experience. Playing shows in London and Paris and Brussels was really a dream. Hard to believe I’ve gotten to do it.

What’s been your biggest challenge of 2019?

I think school is probably the most honest answer. I finished my first year as a college kid in May. I just started back again with year two in September. Papers and books, papers and books. It’s good for me though. I think idleness would get to me too easily without the deadlines and so on. What I’ve learned after last week on the road is that school is a jarringly different life from touring. Have you ever seen Hannah Montana?

Where’s the coolest place you’ve played music in 2019?

In London, we played a show at Servants Jazz Quarters. It was our second night in London and only our second show in Europe. Really a very cool venue. It’s underneath a bar. It’s got a low ceiling and everyone is cramped in together. I was face to face with the audience. Very cool.

What’s the one album you’ve loved most in 2019?

I’ve listened to Leonard Cohen‘s first record a lot this year. That and Plastic Ono Band. As far as new stuff goes, the new Tyler, the Creator and Flying Lotus records are crazy. They’re what’s cool in music right now.


What’s been the song that’s most soundtracked your 2019?

That’s an impossible question to answer. This year has felt like so many in one! If there were one song that could be the soundtrack, it would have to be awkwardly long, express a handful of moods that don’t really blend naturally, string them together with rather jarring transitions and sometimes incoherent lyrics, and let loose with its fair share of chaos. That being said, I guess St. Stephen would be a good candidate. Love that song.

What have you hated about 2019?

The politics probably.

What are you most excited about for in 2020?

I want to see if I can travel again next summer. I’d like to go to China with my dad and siblings. We’re each a quarter Chinese but none of us have ever been there. My dad, who’s half Chinese, has only been once, and he went with his dad.

Finally, what’s the one thing about your 2019 that you’d like to share?

It’s a big year of firsts. I released my first album, I went on tour for the first time, I finished my first year of college, I got to leave America for the first time. It’s really been incredibly exciting. I’m looking forward to what’s next!

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Max Mazonowicz

Updated: Dec 10, 2019

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