Who is Junius Frey? Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?
I’m definitely a layered person, but simply put, I’m a just a boy with a big dream. I’m so proud to be an artist, specifically a queer artist of color. I have a big heart. I cry… often. I hope my music can be a vehicle of love and hope for people who need it.
How has living in LA influenced the music you make?
What kind of situations make you want to work on music?
LA is an essential backdrop for my message and for my music. I just love and respect the community of artists and dreamers here so much. It’s really special. Thematically, I love writing songs about love, which is not a surprise. For the longest time, I’ve really enjoyed romanticizing heartbreak through my music. I’m in the songwriting process right now for my next project and every step of the creation process has been really healing for me. If I can communicate to the world my own version of love, as it exists in all forms, I’m happy.
Can you share some insight on your recent visual EP, “The Glitter Manifesto”? What are you most proud of on this release?
This EP is my flagpole that I’m planting in the ground. It’s a declaration to the universe that I’m embracing my identity as an artist. Conceptually, The Glitter Manifesto is the exploration and journey of my sexuality, examining themes of self-control and heartbreak to love and liberation. I’m honestly just so proud to put my first project out there. It has been really liberating on so many levels for me. I feel blessed that God has given me an opportunity to finally show the world who I know I really am inside.
How did one of the songs off of the trilogy, ”Love Is Love" come into being? What got you in the mood to create this?
“Love Is Love” is my anthem. It encapsulates my core mission as an artist, which is to spread light and love to the LGBTQ community and beyond. I was so excited to win the Audience Choice Award at OutWebFest for this music video this year. The video is a visual love letter to young romance and all the optimism that comes with embracing love in its purest form.
Aside from your visual EP, what are you most excited for this year?
I’m excited to get out there and perform more. It feels so great being able to connect with people instantly while I’m on stage. There’s nothing like it. I performed at OC Pride on the main stage this year, which was a milestone moment for me for sure. I also recently got to perform at the Abbey, which has always been a dream of mine. I mean, it’s the freaking Abbey! I’m looking forward to connecting with more audiences with my music. I have started working with an amazing company called Revry, which is the largest LGBTQ content streaming service in the world. To me, they are the future of queer storytelling. As a platform, Revry uplifts artists like me and gives our community the voice to change the world and help move society forward.
What's the biggest obstacle you keep facing as an artist?
Sometimes my passion precedes the process. I’m learning to be patient and enjoy the ride. Also disciplining myself to buy less purses and shoes in the meantime, so I have more money for music videos and studio time/ recording. It’s definitely a challenge but self-control is a powerful thing.
How do you see the role of an artist in today's society?
Artists help teach society how to understand their emotions and be more empathetic to the experiences of others. We are fluent in the language of emotion. We heal society’s brokenness, which I really can’t think of anything more important or necessary.
What is your dream project?
A collaboration with either Lady Gaga, Britney Spears or Beyonce. Maybe all three. That would be major.
Top 3 favorite films?
Mean Girls, Moulin Rouge and LALA Land
Top 3 music on your playlist right now?
Kesha’s new album “Rainbow”, old school Kelly Clarkson, and I love Christian music (Mosaic MSC and Hillsong Young & Free)
Book you’re currently reading:
Return to Love by Marriane Williamson
Who are your role models?
My Mom, Jesus, Oprah Winfrey, Hillary Clinton and JK Rowling
Currently binge watching...
Insecure, Crazy-Ex Girlfriend, Broad City, Difficult People
Any advice you can give to any aspiring artists out there?
If you have even a glimmer of creativity or spark of inspiration, follow that note. Keep trying and be persistent. Your inner artist will never fail you. Creativity is in all of us.
If you’re going to have a book, what title would it be?
My future memoir will be called “The Burdens of Being Beautiful”
If you will be given the chance and opportunity to help a specific charity, what would it be and why?
I will be actually starting my own non-profit/ social enterprise very soon in the arts to help benefit LGBTQ youth advocacy. I’m passionate about elevating LGBTQ youth and making sure they know they are seen and loved for who they really are. I hope to be able to use my platform as an artist and advocate to dismantle any dissenting narratives in society and really show young people they can do anything! They are the future and I believe it.
Quote to live by?
“Have the courage to follow your own heart and intuition. They somehow know what you already want to become.” – Steve Jobs