Julia Bardo signs to Wichita Records

Graduate Success

BIMM Institute Manchester is pleased to announce Songwriting graduate Julia Bardo’s recent contract signing with Wichita Recordings, which has been home to the likes of Bloc Party, The Cribs, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Best Coast and Los Campesinos!

Italian born indie guitar songsmith Julia has been one to watch on the Manchester live scene and UK festival circuit since completing an Artist Development Diploma in Songwriting at the college. So it came as no surprise to hear the young artist had been signed by such a reputable independent record label.

Her debut single, 2019’s ‘Desire’, saw her garnering support from the likes of Line Of best Fit and BBC Radio.

Demonstrating a consistent rise to prominence, Bardo’s recently released follow-up ‘I Wanna Feel Love’ was premiered online by industry tastemakers The Fader.

Speaking about the lyrical inspiration behind the track, Bardo said:

“I was in a relationship that didn’t work for me. I felt like I lost my inspiration—There was no colour in my life. I started to think, ‘Is this how I want my life to be? Is my life over at 24? Is this really the way I want to be loved?’ So I started to write about the way I see love. I’ve always wanted to feel special for someone, I’ve always wanted a fiery and intense, passionate love. And eventually I got it.”

Commenting on the inspiration behind the video for the single, Bardo said:

In the video, I impersonate an older version of myself — a more mature woman, almost like a retired film star from the ’60s, who’s been waiting her whole life for something to happen, for love to come. The video is about this never-ending wait — waiting for something to end, waiting for something to start, waiting for someone to come home, for a phone call, for someone who’s going to love me.”

Julia’s debut EP, ‘Phase’ is due for imminent release on Wichita this March. And we’re certain she’ll continue to be one to watch on the festival circuit this year.

In the meantime, you can catch Julia live on her upcoming UK tour.
  • 2/27 – Stoke, @ The Sugarmill 
  • 3/01 – Brighton, Chalk 
  • 3/02 – Bristol, SWX 
  • 3/05 – London, Annie Mac presents show @ Shacklewell Arms  
  • 3/08 – Leeds, Headrow House
  • 3/11 – Manchester, YES
  • 3/12 – Derby, The Venue
  • 3/13 – Liverpool, Studio 2
  • 3/14 – York, Fulford Arms
  • 3/19 – London, Pin Ups
  • 3/21 – Sheffield, Delicious Clam
  • 3/28 – Halifax, Orange Box * w/ The Orielles

Are you interested in studying the same course that Julia Bardo did? Discover more about our Artist Diploma in Songwriting here.

POSTED ON: February 3, 2020
  • Manchester, Songwriting