Pins and Digits features guests spots from some of New Zealand’s most talented musicians including Jonathan Crayford, Paul Dyne, Lewis McCallum, Jeremy Toy (opensouls), John Bell, Isaac Aesili, Steph Brown and stand out tracks from the fresh vocal talents of Mara TK (Electric Wire Hustle) and Parks (Ladi6). The Waikato Times has described the album as staying “true to the funk, never losing the groove through brilliant down tempo compositions.” Pins & Digits is being released in Japan next month by Wonderful Noise featuring a stunning remix of “Falling Down” by DJ Mitsu the Beats.
Julien’s first release, the Phantom Limbo EP introduced Julien as a producer and served as a platform for him to showcase his sizable percussion and production skills. Lead single 'Maddingos' was nominated for a bnet award 2007, and remains a local anthem for DJs. Stylistically Pins and Digits combines the big bass, brass and beats aesthetic of the Phantom Limbo EP with futuristic keyboards and synthesised sounds.
Since his selection for the Red Bull Music Academy in Rome in 2004 Julien has been working with international artists and forging his own unique sound as a producer. Julien spent two weeks in Cologne in 2007 where he recorded, collaborated and co-produced with legendary musicians and producers including the Mizell brothers (Motown/ Jackson 5, Donald Byrd, Bobbi Humphrey), Om'mas Keith (Sa- Ra), Steve Spacek, Mark Pritchard (Harmonic 313), Andreya Triana, Black Spade , Theo Parrish , Roman Rosic, Skymark and Sophie Loizou.