Volume 92, Issue 44

Friday, November 20, 1998

go north


Hatfield makes own Bed

Photo by Michael Lavine
STOP SWINGING THAT WATCH, CAN'T LOOK AWAY. Julian Hatfield comes to the Embassy this Saturday to mesmerize her crowd.

By Sabrina Carinci

Gazette Staff

Three years after her last album, Only Everything, Juliana Hatfield is ready to unleash her new release Bed.

On this, her fourth regular studio album, she describes the records as universal – a result of the feelings which were encompassed into the songwriting. "There's only a handful of emotions people feel and pretty much everyone feels the same emotions – anger, love, sadness, frustration," Hatfield explains. "There's about 10 emotions and everyone feels them at one time or another so I just feel, when I write a song, there's gonna be people who can understand and relate to it because people are basically the same."

Although Hatfield does not purposely attempt to please all musical tastes, she believes her work encompasses not only her feelings but her life as well. "My whole repertoire doesn't follow any moulds," Hatfield says. "I never try to fit a mould and I don't try to tailor my music to reach a mass audience. I just do what I feel like doing."

Though Bed was recorded rather quickly, Hatfield says she does not have any regrets about the manner in which the final product was put together.

"I recorded [Bed] in a week. I had spent two years working on an album that never came out and so after that whole fiasco, I wanted to do the opposite and just make something really fast and really raw."

According to Hatfield, the title of the album reflects some of the feelings she felt when writing the songs. "It's called Bed because it's about a period of time when I felt kinda down and I just wanted to stay in bed all day. It's all about feeling frustrated," she divulges.

Hatfield says her songwriting is usually completed when she is alone and able to write without distractions. She is motivated and inspired by a long list of people including fellow musicians like Evan Dando of the Lemonheads. "I've known Evan for 10 years. I played bass for him and I've learned a lot from him – he's very talented," she states.

Aside from inspirations, Hatfield says she knew she wanted to be a musician at an early age. "This might sound really drippy. I had a weird vision when I was about 16. I had an actual vision of myself doing music in the future, for a living. It was a specific moment in time when I realized I had to do music."

Hatfield attributes her music career not only to her youthful revolution, but to her upbringing and the support of her parents as well. "I was always around music and my parents also let me be very individual. They never steered me in any direction and when I decided I wanted to do music for a living they never discouraged me."

With respect to her songwriting, Hatfield describes her lyrics as both imaginative and cathartic, using real emotions and feelings, although not necessarily autobiographical. "I'd compare it to a really good actor," she says. "A good actor will take a piece of writing that is fictional, but then the actor will take this character and will cry real tears and the actor will laugh real laughter – [but these feelings] are coming from the actor's own emotions."

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