Dutch DJ and producer Julian Cross just unveiled his new single ‘Asteroids’, a spellbinding release that captures an ethereal-like vocal performance complimented by enchanting House grooves… and the track is the second single to arrive on Julian’s forthcoming debut album Nebula (set for release on December 17th), inspired by future cosmic elements from the entire electronic music spectrum.
At the same time, Julian is launching New Breed Records, a new label that will be the home for his own modern and infectious sounds while also providing a platform for up and coming artists and producers to show their talents.
To know a bit more about what is to come from Julian – with his label but especially the album, and more – we had the chance to ask him a few questions.. All is below, enjoy!
Hi Julian, thanks for taking the time to speak with us! First of all, can you tell us more about you?
You’re welcome! The pleasure is all mine.
I was born in 1998 in The Hague (The Netherlands) but grew up near Antwerp (Belgium). In fact it al started when I was a teenager and I saw a DJ mixer at a friend’s place and tried it. At that moment something was triggered. I went to Pioneer in the Netherlands to get a series of lessons on how to produce and when I wasn’t at school I was busy making music. I just love music and everything that comes with it. That is also the reason I decided I wanted to follow this path, in fact, I just really love to do what I do. Next to producing music, I also enjoy hanging out with friends or teaching my dog Ace (a boxer) some tricks, who usually accompanies me to the studio.
You’ve just released a new foretaste from your debut album recently, named ‘Asteroids’, catchy title! What’s the story behind it?
Asteroids is about our subconscious. We are fast asleep but our subconscious is wide- awake. Nobody knows what comes on their path, but I am sure everyone has already experienced a moment where they hoped their dreams would come true. All those ideas cross our subconscious mind like Asteroids every night, again and again.
What’s your creative process for making music? Maybe do you have some tips to share?
Making and creating a single is a process, a process of trial and error, over and over again. My experience is that I go through a process too while creating a single. It’s a time that, on a certain moment you list everything, think about it and evaluate it. A tip I’d like to give; don’t give up, keep trying.
What does 2020 hold in store for Julian Cross? Any clues that we could get about upcoming releases, or collaborations?
The release of my album Nebula is scheduled for December and one of the tracks will be a collab with Leona Griffin. I’m also working on several video clips and those clips combined will be a kind of miniature film. I also want to help young upcoming artists with my label New Breed Records. In the near future I want to continue doing what I like to do the most: making music.
Last but not least, what single night out has been the most memorable for you as a performer? And as an attendee?
I have experienced several ‘wow’ moments. I got the opportunity to play a set at The Gathering of Tomorrowland. That experience was really insane. When I stood there I pinched myself in the arm to check if it was real. I also went to Tomorrowland as an attendee, and also that was an exceptional experience. They really do create a wonderful ‘imaginary’ world. They really try to strive for perfection. Tomorrowland really is a fantastic project.