Catching Dreams With Detty Juju | Interview

Exposed Vocals: So tell us your story. Where did you grow up? What made you decide to become an artist?
I grew up in a Hungarian city called Pécs. I've always loved performing, singing and acting, despite being shy offstage. I have written stories since I was a child, but writing real songs came lately, when I moved back home from Budapest, where I finished an acting school. I started studying other things to get a job for a living, but in my spare time I taught myself to play piano and guitar. Composing and writing lyrics became my new passion. It was growing into a bigger picture inside my mind, a whole concept of a rock band, an album about dreams, visions that I desired to bring to life. Detty Juju was born, it's my way of defining my imagination. I met Rudolf Flod, my guitarist in 2015, we started working together and we released our first album, Dreamcatcher at the end of 2016.
Exposed Vocals: Since everyone was a start-up once, can you give any smaller or local bands or artists looking to get gigs and airplay some tips?
Don't fear to express yourself . If you are black sheep, embrace it. Find inspiration for creating your own path – there is nothing new under the sun, but no one is 'youer than you'. Manifest your dreams into reality. Just do what you will and be your own dream catcher. Believe in the magic, but work even harder, because the music industry is very tough.
Exposed Vocals: Do you ever make mistakes during performances? How do you handle that?
Of course I make mistakes, I'm human. Your only responsibility as a singer or musician is to entertain people, so nobody will get killed by a wrong note hit. You should learn from the mistakes, and move on. Be creative and spontaneous, if something goes wrong, just act like it's part of the performance.
Exposed Vocals: Do you tour? Anything interesting happen on tour that you think our readers would enjoy hearing about?
Not yet. I perform in my hometown. Obviously I wanna go further, but I've just finished my first album. I'd like to reach as many people as possible.
Exposed Vocals: Any planned studio upgrades? What are you working with now?
My debut album, 'Dreamcatcher' is out now. It's a concept album about different dreams of one night. These songs are usually metaphorical, like our real dreams. The whole story of the album can be viewed as a personal transformation in the cycling life, in the world you cannot change. I've done a music video for the darkest song on the album, called 'Nightmare Inside'. I will be shooting more videos soon.
Exposed Vocals: How do you find ways to promote your music? What works best for you?
I keep my eyes open to opportunities and I think about different ways to promote my music. I've got an official website, I use social media, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter... Instagram is my favourite, because I love photography.
Exposed Vocals: If you could perform anywhere and with any artists (Dead or Alive) where and who would it be with? Why?
I would love to perform with Marilyn Manson and Alice Cooper, my biggest idols. Meaningful lyrics and imagery – these are very important to me, not only the music.
Exposed Vocals: So, what’s next? Any new upcoming projects that you want to talk about?
I always write, create something. Much more ideas than time and money to accomplish them.
Exposed Vocals: If you weren’t making music, what would you be doing?
Acting, making movies, writing books, etc... Or just cuddling animals. It would be a great job.
Exposed Vocals: What should fans look forward to in the next year or so?
They should come and watch us live, it will be fun.
Exposed Vocals: Any Shout-outs?
I would like to give a shout-out to my musical partner, guitar hero, and good friend, Flod. I'm so grateful to him!