I'm Making a Solo Album & There's a TJT Reunion Coming Too!

In my own words: I’ve never had any desire to be a solo artist. The thought of it sorta’ frightens me, to be honest. When my band of 10 years, the Juliana Theory, broke up in 2006, I frankly quit music. I always loved being in a band, touring, writing songs, and the dynamic of working together with other musicians running a business we believed in. I was beyond fortunate enough to be in two bands that not only had fantastic musicians and songwriters but great friends as well. I was spoiled by how good I had it and figured I’d just let the dream go after a great ten-year run. Not long after the breakup I moved to Los Angeles where I ran a vintage clothing store, designed websites, and took odd jobs. All the while, though, I was still writing songs. These songs didn’t have a home but they were just coming to me honestly and from a very genuine place. As soon as I’d write something I’d quickly record a rough version and then forget about it. Over the last few years these homeless songs piled up on mini recorders, cell-phone voice memos, and hard drives with little hope of seeing the light of day. But that all changed recently.

A couple of months ago I moved from LA to New York City. My dog, who was practically like my kid, died suddenly during the move and that combined with the whole coast-to-coast displacement got me into a state of thinking. When I got to NYC, I sat down to re-evaluate my life and I came face to face with the fact that I’ve never gotten over being on the road and making music. All I’ve ever really loved to do is be a music maker and if there’s anything I’ve learned in all my years of touring and writing songs, it’s that life’s too short to waste your time doing things you’re not passionate about. So, in my self-questioning I went and listened to the 50+ songs I had written over the past 4 years and realized that there is a lot of stuff in there I feel quite strongly about. I’ve been going through a good deal of soul searching in the last few years and most of these lyrics make that pretty obvious. I can say with certainty that these are the best batch of lyrics I’ve ever written, although it’s scary how personal they are. Everything about this music is quite different from what people may expect from me. It’s definitely the most bare-bones stuff I’ve ever written and my vocals have never been so un-effected and un-contrived. For the first time in my recorded life my voice actually sounds like the real me when I’m just singing by myself in a room. It’s natural and, most importantly, unforced. I genuinely have no idea what anyone is going to think of it all but I do know that I believe in the raw emotion behind these songs and I believe in the feeling of the music with all of my heart. So, with all of this in mind, I’ve come to the decision that I am going to get back on the horse and start releasing music again. I’m going to play shows, hit the road, and do what I’ve always done since I left college at 18 to make music my full-time job. I’d be honored and thrilled to have your participation with me, in fact, I can’t do it without you. My first official release is in the midst of being recorded and I am hoping to have it out as soon as possible. I have to take a small break from working on it in the near future to score a feature film, but my biggest priority is getting this music out. So please join me at my website / blog, facebook and twitter (man, that’s a lot of stuff) so I can let you know how it’s coming along. I’ll be giving away music as soon as it is ready and I can’t wait. Thanks so much for reading this. It means the world to me. I look forward to getting these songs out of this little studio and into the hands (and iTunes) of anyone who would like to give them a listen.

Sincerely and Humbly,
Brett Detar

And if you have yet to hear there is a set of Juliana Theory reunion shows coming in the summer.