If you could spend time writing with any songwriter or composer who would it be?
Annella – It’s hard to choose just one… Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel for their captivating simplicity, Joy Williams for her evoking melodies and Frederick Chopin for his romantic timelessness.
Julida – I would pick Regina Spektor. Her music almost never goes where I think it will and yet it sounds perfect.
Sean – Kurt Cobain so I could understand his process.
Brent – Nadia Boulanger because she taught the best of the best.
What do you like to do outside of music?
Annella- Cooking, photography, and decorating pisanki (Polish egg ornaments)
Julida – Anything adventurous, rock climbing, and cooking
Sean – Developing city composting, exercising, prayer and meditation
Brent- I enjoy playing disc golf, studying craft brewing, and gaming with my friends.
Do you have a go-to show outfit?
Annella- A cute sundress paired with comfy sandals or stylish flats.
Julida – My burnt orange jumper with black, tied up, sturdy heals. I look elegant yet I don’t have to worry about the dress being too short for the height of the stage or me losing my balance in skinny heals.
Sean – Even though I usually wear glasses I like to wear contacts for a show so the glasses can’t slip.
Brent – A bowtie, because bowties are cool.
About the Band
JulyDa is a Minneapolis-based pop-rock band featuring the lead singer Julida Alter on keys and cello, and, her husband, Sean Alter, on everything else (mostly guitar, bass, and cajón). Layered guitar intertwined with deep, cello and synth lines support the intricate and honest vocals. JulyDa is an additional project from the bigger six-member group, The Blacksmith’s Daughters.
Inspired from old poetry, their new album, TBD shares many timeless messages and stories. With a mix of synthesized and real sounds, the instrumentation creatively supports the vast emotions found in these songs; from childlike eagerness for the future to the destructive nature of repressed anger. In contrast, their first EP, Do You Hear Me 2018, emphasized heavier more rock-centered music. In support of their new music, JulyDa will be having their album release party at TBD and releasing their music on all online platforms.
The Blacksmith’s Daughters, featuring both Annella Platta and Julida Alter on vocals and piano, are a Minneapolis-based Americana /folk-rock band that incorporates classical instrumentation into modern song writing. Rocking guitar intertwined with harp-like ukulele and lush string parts perfectly support the intricate melodies and tight harmonies that only sisters who grew up singing together could achieve. The BSD features the sisters’ iron-clad musicians and also husbands, guitarist Sean Alter, and multi-instrumentalist, Brent Platta. A third married couple in the band, close enough to be family, are Jeremy and Krista Swider playing violin and viola (Sonorous Strings). They have two albums out, Seasons Turn (2017) and Truth (2016). They are currently working on a Christmas album to be released in 2020.
Through generations of blacksmithing in Annella and Julida's family, spanning centuries to what is present-day eastern Poland, the sisters grew up surrounded by the art-form. Their father and master blacksmith, Boleslaw Kochanowski, instilled in them the importance of “creating art with a purpose” and keeping family bonds strong. His exquisite wrought iron accomplishes both, as does The Blacksmith’s Daughters music. If you are curious to learn more about the initial inspiration for the band’s name check out the family business at Boleslaw Kochanowski Wrought Iron.