Juli Horányi, the fragile iron girl
Juli, Youlï, elf-like girl, lover, girlfriend, daughter, singer and so many more PLUS-es are in this delicate girl with whom I had the pleasure to conduct an interview filled with laughters mixed with serious moments. She caught my attention at the very first time when I met her and I felt that she is more than her pretty smile and talented voice so I decided to get to know her and her message better and introduce you as well: Juli Horányi.
Zsuzska: It comes naturally to ask you about music so tell me more about your life before you entered X Factor talent show?
Juli: I have been singing since I was a little baby and due to my mom’s encouragement I started music school when I was 8. I had a short creative „break” while I finished a drama school and then graduated as a custom designer from university. During those years I realized that I couldn’t live without music so in 2011 I founded my first band Mius together with my good friend Gergő Álmos and beside being the lead singer I also started writing songs. After spending 3 wonderful years X Factor came to my life requiring my whole dedication so I left the band to focus on the show.
Zsuzska: After concerts in club you found yourself on the stage of the most viewed TV program. How did you cope with the increased attention?
Juli: Interesting enough I only took my presence serious once I got voted to the live show. Singing was important but I tried to stay away from the spotlight as much as it was possible. It was hard to handle that much attention from one day to the other. I always wanted to be known for my talent and not because I was the girl from the TV who sang those melodies which had been already successful by their original singers. Instead I wanted to share my message through my music which finally happened 3 years ago when I established my own band, Youlï.
Zsuzska: There is passion in your eyes when you talk about your band! Where does your (super)power come from which may surprise people?
Juli: Most people see me first as the girl with the cute smile but I have immense strength within which came from my family who showed how hard work pays off. I have always been surrounded by incredibly strong females in my family, showing the example how to fight for your dreams, even if you are left alone and have to work while you keep your beloved family together. Still doing it with dignity!
Zsuzska: Speaking of strong women, what does self-confidence mean to you?
Juli: Self-confidence to me is knowing that I am able to do whatever I wish to and noone can stop me. Sometimes of course we all fall but your inner confidence is crucial at those times too so you can move on and continue! And the contract of yourse I signed with myself! It contains all that I agreed on with myself where the limits are and I try not to break these rules. My mom always taught me to be conscious about my self image and a car accident also taught me how to pay attention to my surroundings. We must see if people around us serve our highest good or they just confuse us.
Zsuzska: Have you always accepted the way you are or had your share of inner battles?
Juli: I had my own body issues as a teenager since I was always taller than the others but thanks to a model agency I could turn the disadvantage to be my power and I could look at my height with loving eyes. I always say that no matter how deep you fall, just look around and see all the beauty that surrounds you and what we call life.
Zsuzska: Speaking of beauty, when was the last time you felt beautiful? What were you wearing and what was the situation?
Juli: It’s an easy to recall as it has happened recently at a concert we gave in Esztergom with my band. I felt that I really arrived and everything fell to the right piece. Own songs, talented musicians around me, a grateful audience and a fantastic dress by Je Suis Belle that I could wear that night. It was a real flow experience and we all felt the energies and vibes around us. I was so happy to show who I am and share my message with the world.
Zsuzska: What does make a woman beautiful?
Juli: If she has multi facets in her life and ready to live to her full potential while taking care of others, being kind and accepting. I’m lucky to know many women like this: Erika Varga, the designer of Romani Design; Kriszta Viszmeg, the CEO of Pesti Est; Teodóra Bán, the CEO of Budapest Festival & Tourist Center / Szabad Tér Theatre Nonprofit Ltd; Alexandra Borbély, actress whom I met only twice in person but I am amazed by her talent and achievements. My cousin, Melinda Egedi-Kovács who runs an alchemist school beside being a mother, my own mom, Edit Egedi who still have faith in humanity after alll she went through and you, Zsuzska.
Zsuzska: That’s so sweet of you, thanks! Finally please tell me about your latest love child which I am sure has so much in common with my mission!
Juli: I agree since my latest song revolves around harmful critical comments and bullies which was inspired by a personal experience of mine. The title is Better than me and it refers to all the haters that they can try and do it better than me! I’m so proud that it was voted as the song of the month by a Los Angeles agency this April and it was scored by my friend and band founder partner, Lőrinc Bubnó. We got some support from the Absolut vodka company as they saw the potential to create a video out of the song together with Dávid Knapp director and Máté Batka camera-man. We shot it in May and finally next week we can show it to the world how my personal story gets alive in the music video which was shot in a very short amount of time as we had only half day to do so.
Zsuzska: I can’t wait to hear and see this song which carries such an important message! Thank you for the interview and I’m sure it was not the last time we talked!