Taking Over YouTube
One Song at a Time
user Julia Nunes plays the ukulele and harmonizes with herself on covers of pop music by artists including Ben Folds
, The Beatles
, Say Anything
, Kanye West
and Destinys Child
. Most often a Self-Backing Vocalist
she has made her way in the music industry completely through sheer talent and self promotion. Also has a legion of adoring fans.
Tropes used in Julia Nunes' songs include:
- Album Title Drop: "Fair Weather" from Settle Down:
And they say 'Julia, just settle down,
There's room for the new girl in town'.
- The Cover Changes The Gender: Averted in her version of 3 Oh! 3's "Don't Trust Me" - there'd have to be a lot of lyrical changes to make the gender switch work anyway. And several others, such as "Build Me Up Buttercup" and "Mr. Brightside".
- Dark-Skinned Blond: In the summer, by her own admission
- Does Not Like Shoes: She prefers playing barefoot whenever possible, although often concert venues insist she wear shoes for safety reasons. She even appeared barefoot as a musical guest on Conan.
- Genki Girl: She can seem a bit hyper in her vlogs and outtakes.
- Girl Next Door
- Hilarious Outtakes: Sometimes appended to the end of her youtube videos.
- Jerkass : Apparently most of her ex-boyfriends were this, if her music is anything to go off of.
- Lyrical Dissonance : "Odd" for starters, there are many more.
- Meaningful Name The popularization of the ukulele is attributed in part to Manuel Nunes (also Nunes rhymes with "tunes").
- Miniscule Rocking: The album Settle Down includes three "vignettes" - "He Is Mad" and "I Wasn't Worried" are both just shy of a minute, while "Pizza" is a mere 23 seconds.
- A New Yorker but not from New York City.
- The Napoleon : Averted, she may be short, but she appears to be very comfortable with it, and frequently plays off of/makes joke around her lack of vertical growth.
- Scatting: "Into The Sunshine" has a repeated section where the lyrics are just "ba ba ba".
- Self-Backing Vocalist: Over 90% of the videos on her youtube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/jaaaaaaa
- Most of the time this is true on the album versions of her songs. Settle Down has several songs that prominently feature harmonies by groups of actual backup singers though - she's said that this was inspired by all the singing along that her live audiences do.
- Sunny Sunflower Disposition: Fittingly matching her page image.
- When She Smiles: Much like another famous Julia, she has a radiant smile that transforms her face.