Julian and his mum Cynthia
Have you been very nervous on your first tour? Have you been afraid
to go on stage?
Well, actually I wanted to go on tour after my second
album, because then I would have had enough song material that would
have strengthen my security and self-confidence. But my agent told
me that I have to do that first tour because my album "Valotte"
was selling so well in the USA. He said that people would forget me
very fast if I didn't play live now. I just had 24 hours to decide.
Even though I had no idea what would have to be done to go on tour,
I knew that these live gigs could be very important for me. So I said
yes. In the first two weeks I tried to feel confident on stage but
it didn't work. I was soo restless, and the only words I said on stage
were: "The next song is…" And these few words I said so
quiet that probably nobody understood them. After about two weeks
I started to relax more and more and learned to communicate with the
Your father was known for not talking on the phone, and you said
yourself that you are too lazy to talk on the phone. Is that still the
No, I try to be a professional in every way. In the
past I would rather have cancelled all appointments than to follow
an exact schedule. And I was always late for these appointments so
I couldn't be in time at the next one. I was very very unreliable.
Today I am always on time. I have a job and I do everything that will
be helpful for my career.
Are you talking on the phone these days?
Yes, of course. Really, I can be very happy to have
gotten the chance to make music to my profession. That is what I always
wanted to do. I am very thankful that so many people supported me
in my wish. That's why I try to do my best if I work together with
Probably a lot of people think that it was very easy for John Lennon's
son to get a contract.
Well, first I was rejected a few times. A lot of people
didn't want to burn their fingers with my name. I wanted to present
my demo-tapes much earlier. My father's death kept me waiting for
a bit longer. That was the time when there was nothing to do and I
hung around in clubs and bars. But I had to wait for some time until
all that upset about that tragic incident would calm down, before
I could start my own career.