Each month, we'll turn the spotlight on some of the more unique acts we find at the Yorklyn Live! Center for the Creative Arts Open Mic Night

The Center for the Creative Arts in Yorklyn’s monthly Open Mic Night attracts some of the best and most interesting talent the region has to offer.

As part of our ongoing livestreaming of the action each third Thursday of the month, the Hockessin Community News will occasionally highlight some of that talent with an exclusive Q&A.

This month features 17-year-old Julia Johnson, who recently brought her violin skills to open mic, where she wowed the crowd with her virtuosity.

NAME Julia Johnson
AGE 17
HOMETOWN West Chester, Pa.  

Q How did you first start playing violin?
A I first wanted to play violin when I was about 6 years old. I remember my dad playing a song for me in the car and it was the soundtrack for the movie "The Last of the Mohicans". As funny as it sounds, it was what made me want to play the violin. Although I wasn’t old enough to see the movie, the music just blew me away. It wasn’t until two years later when I had my first violin lesson, and when I started playing it just clicked. I didn’t sound good at all, but I couldn’t get enough.

Q What or who are your influences?
A One of my major influences is definitely Lindsey Stirling. She is the person that really motivated me to practice longer and ultimately gave me the idea that I could make this my career. I first took notice of Lindsey when I was 12 (2012) when I heard with her original music, and I think my head exploded. All I knew was that this was what I needed to do. I needed to perform, I needed to create, and of course my parents told me that I needed to practice. So I decided to experiment with different genres of music like EDM, Chillstep, and R&B. Lindsey really opened my eyes to a whole new world of music and to this day, I still want to be the same rockstar violinist I envisioned when I was 12.

Q What advice would you give other young musicians starting out?
A To all the young musicians out there, I would say never be afraid, and it’s ok to be different. When you’re young it’s hard to realize that there are so many ways to define, hear, and feel music. Young kids tend to be molded into strictly classical, jazz, or performing musicians, and they usually don't get to determine what kind of musician they want to be. So to that I say, be different. You are the one in control of your musical journey, and you should play, feel, and hear as you see fit. Lastly, I would say have fun. To all the young musicians out there, have fun, experimenting and playing music. You’ll be amazed at what you might find.