Meet Jullian, A 35 year old Spotify Playlist Curator from Belgium!
“I made that playlist because I was listening to a lot of funk, electro, hip-hop and soul music. I could feel what attracted me to those songs was something similar, with the same origin. So I started looking for the songs within those genres with the most intersections, looking for the bridges and connections between those genres, then putting those songs together. I tried various combinations to make them match until this actual version.”
What music did you grow up listening to as a young kid?
I remember one of the first album I got as a kid was Queen - News of the world. On that time, we didn't have a massive access to loads of tracks and albums, and we would spend a lot of time, listening over and over again to the same albums, distinguishing every detail and knowing them all by heart. I like the deep focus that goes with this process, at the same time towards something external to us, but also in introspection. As a native French speaker, I wasn't able to understand the English lyrics when I was a kid but that didn't bother me. Music has its own language. Of course, I also listened to French artists like Renaud, and that formed a part of my poetic landscape.
Name one of your favorite albums of all time?
My answer couldn’t be permanent, but when I think of an album as a whole, I can’t help thinking about Serge Gainsbourg’s ‘l'homme à la tête de chou’ which is one of the first “concept albums”, released in 1976. Its tracks follow each others like chapters in a book and depict an intriguing yet twisted and dramatic story. The music is truly amazing, hypnotic, sensual, sometimes in a very tense and alternative rock style, other times in a very relaxing and joyful reggae mood, always with a strong alternative and cinematographic touch. Not to mention the amazing and sometimes crazy lyrics as dreamlike projections of love, lust, passion and destruction, with a very soft and bright touch, magnified by Gainsbourg’s deep and warm voice.
Name your top 3 favorite artist and why?
I really can’t say who are my three favorite artists. I don’t really have a ranking in my mind. I tend to listen to a wide variety of genre. I listen to music for various reasons, looking for different types of sensations and emotions. I’m going to answer in term of importance in building my relationship to music, influencing my life style and the amount of joy they transmitted to me. Although there are many other things that matter in music to me. Bob Marley is certainly one of the artists that brought me the most inspiration, positive feelings, amazing vibes, I love his voice and his music as well as his social and political involvement. Manu Chao is another artist whose career is very admirable. Firstly within the band Mano Negra, active from 1987 to 1994, and then, when he released his first solo album ‘Clandestino’. I'll finally mention Stromae, the Belgian singer-songwriter. He’s one of the few from my country who became internationally famous in the last years, at least to that extent. That's not what I’m looking for, but that’s just a consequence of the way he used electronic music codes with French songs feeling and emotions, along with a vibrant and deep voice. His genius also expressed itself in his marketing, mostly on Youtube, through short videos building up interest, attention and curiosity.
Do you play any instruments? If no, which instrument do you wish you could play?
Yes, I started playing the guitar and singing when I was 15 years old. My first guitar was a Spanish classic guitar, and it's still my speciality. I quickly started to write songs and a few years later, within a band named JAGM, released our first album 'Interrogation Affirmative'. It was a rock band with funk, reggae and hip-hop influences, where I was playing the classic guitar and singing songs that I wrote myself, in the most part. That experience gave me the most satisfying and enjoyable times on stage. Then I started a solo project and released the album 'Origines' in 2012 under the name 'Jullian'. It is an acoustic project, with double-bass, cajon, accordion and Spanish guitars, supporting the vocals in French and Spanish. After that I had quite a long break and did other things. But a passion won't leave and I am now working on a third album, which should be ready by 2020, and include much more electronic and hiphop influences!
What is your favorite quote?
I just read that one recently and really and like it : "If you don't become the ocean, you'll be seasick everyday." Leonard Cohen.