Bands like JULIE are not formed, they are born.
The essence of JULIE’s music is fervent indie rock performed with the passion of the band’s namesake spitfire. Lifelong friends and Los Angeles residents, vocalist Nathan Blumenfeld-James and guitarist, Dustin Bath found themselves walking out of a nightclub where a petite woman was being restrained by her friends from trying to ‘beat up’ the bouncer. “Julie… Julie” they said “Let’s just go home.” As her friends walked toward the car, Julie ran back toward the bouncer and got a hit in. “That fearless nature – that was what we had in our music,” says Dustin. “To be known for being fearless in the face of such odds was why we named the band Julie.”
Nathan and Dustin have a 10-year history of musical growth – first in bands together and later in production of artists like X-Games superstar, Danny Way and Mark Hoppus of BLINK 182. When keyboard player, Mark Nilan Jr, bassist, Jon Spence and drummer Adam Alessi joined up with the duo, they completed the ‘birth’ process. Nathan states, “Being in JULIE is one of the most rewarding/hardest/most beautiful experience and it is truly my calling.”
The group members also have a common history in the entertainment industry – working behind the scenes in television and film. As a result, friends and fans of JULIE range from Kirsten Dunst to Stephen Bochco and Angela Lansbury to Jack Osbourne among others. Another fan, rapper Obie Trice, went one step further – collaborating with the group on a remix of their highly-innovative single, “Foggin Up A Clear View.”
To this impassioned alt-rock, JULIE adds depth and whimsy in equal measure. A post-punk edge paired with horn-section heightening makes the music on AN ACT OF COMMUNICATION unlike anything you have heard before. “Do Si Do” is a lascivious rocker tricked out with some retro elements that make it stand out on any modern rock playlist. A melodramatic beauty, “Through Your Mind’s Eye,” deals with the worry about how we are perceived – something JULIE has shed with aplomb. “We are committed to staying fresh, not formulaic and doing what we do regardless of trends,” adds Dustin.
The live show is as spectacular as the music – adding belly dancers, live strings and horns to Nathan’s amped-up performance style. “JULIE’s music will make you feel good inside,” says Dustin. “There is an unexplainable magic and chemistry in the songs and their performance – we all feel it and so do our fans,” adds Nathan.
Emerging as a band that refuses to be limited by a genre, JULIE is following their muse wherever she may take them.