British-born Ghanian music producer Julian Nicco Anaan, known professionally as Juls recently got invited as a member of The Recording Academy — which is responsible for organizing the annual Grammy Awards. Juls was one of the 2,321 invitees, inducted for the year 2020. We bring you eight facts about the music producer who has worked with several in the Nigerian Ghanian, UK and American music artistes.
1. As a kid, his Dad wanted him to take piano classes but he declined.
2. He started producing beats in his third year at the University of Legon in Ghana, studying Finance. He was taught production by Ghanian rapper E.L.
3. Before the big break he was a full-time banker, working a 9-5 job.
4. Before the Afrobeats production he is known for, he started out producing Hip-Hop beats, emulating iconic producers like Kanye West, Just Blaze and J. Dilla, sampling old-school music. His girlfriend who wasn’t a rap music fan was behind the switch, she convinced him into making afro-fusions.
5. His first popular produced hit was ‘Feel Alright’ for Show Dem Camp in 2012.
6. Juls is also a DJ, and has had gigs playing at some of the world’s major festivals including SXSW, Encore Festival, The Ends Festival, Lauryn Hill’s Diaspora Calling Tour.
7. Aside working with Nigerian, Ghanian and UK artistes, he has worked with American artistes GoldLink, Lauryn Hill, Tyler the Creator, Masego.
8. The Mr Eazi’s ‘Bankulize’ single produced by Juls had earlier been released in 2013 in a mixtape ‘About To Blow’. Juls reaches out to Mr Eazi—who at the time wasn’t serious with music—via Twitter for the vocal recording to remake a new instrumental. The new version was released in 2014.