Podcast / April 2016 | Mixmag In Session with D’julz. A showcase of French flare

April 30, 2016

Source: Mixmag


IN SESSION: D’JULZ

A showcase of French flare

  • FUNSTER
  • 28 APRIL 2016

D’Julz is an absolute master of his craft, there’s no doubt about it.

With his Bass Culture imprint, he’s curated one of the finest house music discographies around and a quick scan through the artists that have released via the label shows off a who’s who of talent. Mr G, Cassy, John Dimas, Mr Tophat & Art Alfie and D’Julz himself have all offered up tantalising records that work wonders both in the club and in your lounge (most probably during a crack-on).

Before all that though, he began his career spinning at underground parties in Paris, honing his craft and getting to grips with turntables, a skill that he, of course, still utilises today and is one of the best we’ve seen hit the wax. Years of playing and grafting saw his bookings grow around Europe and his profile steadily rose. It was in 1997 however, 12 years before he started his label, that he launched the first Bass Culture parties at Paris’ Rex Club and anyone familiar with the French capital’s scene, knows that the Rex is one of the most lauded venues in the city.

The party is one of the longest-running events there and he’s managed to move with the times in terms of his bookings. DJs like Raresh, Jeremy Underground and Seth Troxler have featured on line-ups within the last year and Steve Rachmad, The Martinez Brothers, Nastia, Praslesh are all set to play soon.

And what’s most striking about Julien’s career is that he runs his label and parties and has time to be a prolific producer, too.

Ovum, 20:20 Vision, Pokerflat, Real Tone, Get Physical, Mobilee and Rekids are just some of the imprints that have played home to D’Julz’s music and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. His music is seductive, classy and smooth. Hearing it on a system is a joy but hearing him mix it himself is even more beautiful.

When we went to DC10 last summer for the Circo Loco opening, the line-up was outrageous. It was more of a festival roster crammed into the club’s three spaces and picking who to go and see became more of a chore than a pleasure. But there was one certainty, one set that couldn’t be missed.

As we piled into the bustling Terrace for the Frenchman, everything made sense. Here’s a DJ who has spent years carving out a style and sound for himself with an added French flare that you can’t just learn, and he’s playing one of the best rooms in the world. Perfect.

Julien’s 2016 schedule is as hectic as ever and he’s returning to Circo Loco as a resident this summer. The 50th release on Bass Culture will come from fellow legend Mr G and he’s already dropped one amazing record from Lady Blaktronika this year so trust us when we say, the best is yet to come.

There’s no tracklist for this one because he wants the diggers out there to work for it and we rate that, a lot.

Funster is Mixmag’s Digital Music Editor. Follow him on Twitter here

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