Interview with Joshua Ieuan Williams (@saintcalifornia)

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Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path? 

Been in bands with my older brother since I was 6, cycling between playing drums/bass/guitar until I was more interested in production and DJing. Started DJing my catholic middle school dances, and eventually releasing on Soundcloud until I received support from Spotify & other big artists. My mum and dad were always musical, my granddad was a jazz singer in East London during the ’60s. My mum thinks he’s the reason I’ve done so well at a young age, and I like to believe that too.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this? 

Miley Cyrus heard I was a headliner at San Francisco Gay Pride Parade in 2018, and sent me clothes from her line to wear on stage! It was the most surprising and heartwarming support I have ever received in my life. She had a hard time spelling my name correctly on social media afterward, but I don’t blame her! 

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”? 

Evolve! Change your scenery, use new sounds, listen to different music, and hang out with different people. If you are constantly progressing, your art will reflect it and you will be able to open that connection to allow more authentic and unique experiences to manifest.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? 

Billie Eilish and I were really close friends back before she took off. We would constantly uplift each other to try new things and there were many times I felt like she was mentoring me, even though I was a few years her senior. Years later, I was at her very first show in Los Angeles, and with a crowd of maybe 50 people, she made sure I knew she saw me there. Nothing but love for her, I miss her loads.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

With my new PRIDE merch line, in the past month, I have raised over $1000 USD for Point of Pride, a non-profit organisation that supports trans youth & adults with supplying them the right medical gear to help them live more authentically.

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life? 

“It’s time to take off my prisoner disguise” is one that sticks out the most as of recently. I just feel we sometimes find ourselves stuck in places on our own doing, and it takes a while to notice. There’s nothing more empowering than presence and paying attention to what’s keeping you low, and by taking that first step of removing your “prisoner disguise”, you have started on your journey to healing. Especially now that the whole world has stopped moving, we have more time now than ever to re-evaluate what is truly important to us.

How can our readers follow you on social media? 

Look up “ieuan” ! I am everywhere, sort of like a plague. But I’m nice !

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