Tell Me Something: Julia Farrar - singer, tea lover, night owl

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Julia Farrar is one of the lead singers in Slander, an up-and-coming nifty rock combo. (Check them out at New London's iamfestival Sept. 7) An animal lover, casual astronomer, and serious musician, Farrar began singing in bands when she was 16 years old. She co-wrote and starred in Slander's latest video by filmmaker Serena Reynolds, and recently returned to modelling. After years of being away from the camera, Farrar recently posed for a fine art photography shoot with photographer and Mystic native Michelle Gemma, which you can see online at

Say you have a present day high school locker. Whose picture would be hanging in it?

Tilda Swinton, she's just incredible. I could look at her face all day.

What's your favorite sandwich?

Tomato, mozzarella, and basil on any type of gluten-free bread. I've been gluten free for 5 years now so I don't eat a lot sandwiches.

What's your favorite Beatles song?

"And Your Bird Can Sing" is one of many.

Name an item you can't live without:

Tea. I drink copious amounts of tea everyday and it is essential to my being.

Item you should live without and keep meaning to get rid of:

I have a pair of moccasins with a huge hole in the toe that I really should throw away but they're just so comfortable!

Last book you couldn't put down:

"Women Who Run With The Wolves" by Clarissa Pinkola Estes.

You're a DJ at a club. What's the night's last song:

Chic - "Everybody Dance." You've got to have everyone dance for the last song.

What's a word you can never spell correctly on the first try:

Conscious gets me every time.

What's the last TV show you binge-watched?

"Six Feet Under".

Do you have any pet peeves?

Bad eye contact. I need to look someone in the eye when I talk to them.

Which is better: Saturday night or Sunday morning?

Saturday night! I'm a night person so I don't usually see too much of Sunday morning.

New York or Los Angeles?

New York. It's the epicenter of our world and musically it's more of an inspiring city to me than LA. Playing in New York has brought me to a whole new level of appreciation for the place.

Sorbet or ice cream?


Soduku or crossword?

Crosswords, all day long. It's the best brain exercise.

What did you think you were going to be when you grew up?

I knew I wanted to be a performer from age 3 but at the time my passion was modern dance. I think I would probably be doing that now if music hadn't intervened.

What historical event would you like to have been witness to?

The big bang. I would love to see the moment the universe came into existence. Human history has never interested me in the way natural history does. I'm also fascinated with space and the concept of the universe.

What is your favorite local place to recharge and/or find serenity?

I love the woods and have always found being in nature to be the most effective way to restore my energy. There are so many beautiful places to go here that I really can't choose a favorite but Haley Farm [in Groton] is probably the one I frequent most.

Who is the person alive today you most admire?

My mom! She's an incredibly positive person and I admire her strength and hope.


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