A Musical Life: Julie Brin

May 13, 2016

Credit Paula Love Moore

Julie Brin is vocalist with the band Stimulus and has performed and recorded with a variety of projects including Half of Reason. She is also administrative assistant to the general manager at KMUW.

“People do not believe that I’m an introvert—because I can get on stage. But I do have stage fright. It takes me about to about the middle of the second set before I’m really comfortable. And, at that point, I’m not really even there. I’m not even really aware of the audience. I have kind of occupied this space in this middle of the universe that’s almost like a holodeck. I kind of see whatever I want to see. Then it’s just crazy when I open my eyes and it’s, like, ‘Oh my gosh! There are people out there!’ I manage. I have to spend a lot of time on my own.

Sometimes audiences don’t show what they’re feeling. I think it’s because everybody’s so used to watching television or movies anymore. It’s like they don’t realize that we’re actual people up there. They don’t think about the fact that we can see their expressions. So they’re not always emoting back to us. It really depends on the individuals of course. But I love it when they’re dancing and singing along. Because actually it freaks me out when they just sit there and watch. It’s like, ‘They’re paying attention! Stop that! Drink some more!’”