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Juls: The Process

JULS HAS SHAPED THE AFROBEATS SOUND SINCE 2013, BUT HIS JOURNEY IS ONLY BEGINNING

Influenced by his dad’s jazz CDs, Kanye West, J Dilla and others, Juls has created a distinct sound that has set him a name amongst the greats in afrobeats music.

From a struggling producer trying to get musicians to jump on his boom-bap influenced beats, Juls had his first break when Nigerian duo Show Dem Camp enlisted him for their single Feel Alright. The producer’s first single in 2013 became a definitive sound for Show Dem Camps, ‘Palmwine Music’.

This followed with a song with Sarkodie on ‘Inflation’ which brought the producer to light while he was still working as a National Service personnel in Ghana.

After his National service, Juls relocated the UK where chance led him to explore his DJing skills while schooling in Surrey. His Djing days in Surrey introduced him to the university crowd, connecting him with a wider UK audience.

After a long break, words left by Ghanaian music living legend, Panji Anoff of Pidgin Music continuously rang in his ears. He needed to find an artist and mould a sound with him. So when he connected with Mr Eazi after hearing his first EP, About to Blow, Juls knew the time was ripe to explore.
While still working in finance, he created the ‘Bankulize’ sound with Mr Eazi by stripping an original song from Mr Eazi’s EP. This collaboration with Mr Eazi led to hit songs like Skin Tight, Shitor, Hollup and Anointing.

The rest, they say, is history. His works encouraged him to release three independent projects which led to various awards nominations such as the MOGO, Ghana Music Awards UK and AFRIMA in the USA.

In a tell-all Instagram Live session that spanned 3 hours, Juls goes into quitting his job to focus on his music career. Jetting off around the world to DJ, and creating music with some of the world greatest artists including Goldlink, Masego, Juls and Wande Coal, and meeting 9th Wonder, Drake and Alicia Keys.

Juls’ IG Live tell-all revealed his hard work, tenacity, creativity and overall impact.

As he grows on his journey, we can only look forward to more greatness from Juls, baby. Pre add Juls’ upcoming Progressing Play (PP), Happy Place,  available 1st May, 2020 here.

Listen to the whole playlist from the live here:

Benewaah is the lead curator and editor at Harmattan Rain. Her love for music is closely rivaled by her love for plantain.

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