Meet Julian Gonzales a 36-year-old born in Fresno, CA, resident of greater SoCal.
“ grew up with this music. It always reminds me of bbqing with my parents, riding around town in my mom's 1972 slug bug that you could hear a mile away. Music was always a big part of any family gathering growing up. I wanted to make a playlist that reminded me of those times growing up. Good times with family. The love songs that are in this playlist are unlike anything artists come out with today, full of so much soul.”
What music did you grow up listening to as a young kid?
Nothing but old school funk, disco, and classic r&B. We weren't allowed to listen to classic rock, the only exception was Santana LOL. Growing up in rural Central California, this was what the heartbeat was to the Mexican-American experience, at least with my family.
What is your favorite quote?
“When there's nothing left to burn you have to set yourself on fire”
Name one of your favorite albums of all time?
Deee-Lite - World Clique. When I bought this cassette with money my grandparents gave me I was enamored by this amazing dance music! The roots of house coming through in the tunes along with all the positivity and the power of love being pronounced openly through the album legit made me play the cassette so much that I warped it!
What is the best concert you’ve ever been to?
I've gone to my fair share of raves, massives, etc and I have to say that seeing Moby's DJ set was MIND ALTERING. That guy goes SO HARD! This was at EDC back in 2007 or 2008, but all those thousands of people grooving to his hard beats was amazing.
What artist, dead or alive, who would you interview and why?
MISSY ELLIOTT. The way that woman's brain works has to be unworldly. To think of such SICK tempos and beats. I had the chance to see her live two years ago at FYF in Los Angeles and WHOA, best party EVER! She's always been so innovative, using crazy imagery in her music videos to tell a story. Where does she get her inspiration from and how does she make the vision manifest to something we can all see and enjoy?