Juli Lee as an honest and sincere career. Her musical selection and good judgment has dared borders. The dj sets by Juli Lee are powerful statement, emblematic of her no-holds-barred approach. We take the opportunity to interview her.
Can you tell us a little about your experience? Where are you from / how did you get into music? Was it all internet based?
Music is one of the constant factors in my life. I used to dance in a dance company and perceived music strongly through my body and the movement to it, and then at some point I started editing the pieces we danced to. As an autodidact, I then worked my way into the matter of producing and caught fire pretty quickly. Djing came along quite by chance. At that time, I had the opportunity to practise in my friends’ basement and had no ambition to become a club DJ. At that time I was still using vinyl. The internet actually had very little to do with my career at first.
Who have been your main inspirations (both musical and in ‘life’)? And how have they affected your sound?
Ben Mühlethaler, a producer from my hometown, who has already worked for Prince, but is one of the most humble people I know. He has influenced me a lot in terms of music and work ethic. But in general, I’m inspired by people with integrity and enthusiasm. People who go through life with an open heart.
How would you define your sound?
That’s a really difficult question, because I’m constantly developing in small steps. Basically I like organic sounds, which in combination with less organic rubs. I love to process sounds from nature and the environment in such a way that they are not recognisable as such at first listen. A rolling groove is also often part of my productions.
How has your sound evolved so far?
I think I used to be a bit more poppy…more vocals, more melody, less clubby.
What can you tell us about your last job? What inspired you? What do you want to convey?
The last thing I worked on was a remix. I think everything I do also reflects my current stage in life and is therefore part of my inspiration.
I always want to make music that unites and that is pro-love. Even though love can hurt, I think it is the driving force for us as human beings.
Are you the type of producer who can create music on the fly or do you need to be rooted in a studio?
It depends a bit on what stage a track is in, but basically I actually like to work from different places.
What can you tell us about your latest productions? What did you want to convey? What next productions can we expect?
I think I already partly answered this question above. At the moment I want to finish a few things that I started when I was still playing in clubs. I’ve been working a lot on details lately. as well as mixing-issues, taking a closer look at plugins I’ve had for ages, and also learning a lot of new things, because I had few deadlines and could really take my time. I don’t know yet what I’ll release next from the tracks I’m currently working on.
But I’m sure there will be a few remixes.
What can you tell us about your tour in MYR? What about your track on the compilation? What was your belief? What inspired you?
The MYR family is a wonderful, warm-hearted little community in which I have felt very much at home since my first release. It was a great pleasure for me to contribute to the compilation. The track ‘Overrated’ is actually quite light-hearted, but the title and vocals reflect my struggle with the judgements we constantly make and endure.
WHAT can you tell us about your debut on the MYR label?
As already mentioned, I was very attached to the label from my very first release. A lot of heart and soul goes into every single release.
And what about your work in art? What scale are you working on? What is the concept behind the job?
I want to be able to work with music, to deal with it. I want to spend a large part of my life with music. I don’t know yet which paths will emerge.
How are you living the current situation because of COVID? Has your work affected a lot? Do you think there is hope? I feel like the underground scene will continue to persist.
Do you think we can go back to “normal” events and festivals?
Before Corona, I played every weekend. I miss it unbelievably. But yes, I have hope. I realised once again what an important element it is for people to experience music together. That will not be lost. Perhaps this situation will also give rise to new, smaller, more familiar occasions, which I would very much welcome. Perhaps rotten structures will be broken up anyway. For example, the pricing policy for international headliners, where the idea of fees has sometimes taken on absurd forms.
I don’t dare to predict what we can expect in this ‘new’ normality. But I am convinced that it will continue and I am curious to see how.
What projects are you working on at the moment?
We are just setting up a new record label, which is affiliated to the club ‘Haus von Klaus’ in Zurich, where I am also a resident. We are committed to promoting Swiss electronic music and creating international links. We think that there are many gifted producers in the electronic field in Switzerland, but they are often not known beyond the country’s borders.