Julian Chown is a Music Producer, keyboard player and Recording Studio owner in London that has worked with hundreds of recording artists.
Julian’s from a musical family, his Mum is a piano teacher who never insisted on him learning piano, though he wanted to learn strange instruments for a laugh. She always asked him to sing notes she played on the piano and still does to this day. At a young age, he was invited to a gospel church. This was a musical eye-opener for Julian as it seemed to hypnotise everyone. The piano and drums were funky whilst the piano was somewhat cheesy and groove-based, whilst everyone danced and had a good time. When the music became more intense, so too did the people that got in touch with a “spirit” (a musical spirit perhaps – as Universal one?). This lead him on to discovering James Brown, Otis Redding, Marvin Gay and various Motown classic artists. The piano was played differently in gospel and was nothing like classical or English music that he heard as a youngster. It simply sounded cool, and people were going nuts over it.
Talking to friends soon lead to paying some serious attention on bands such as Hendrix, Deep Purple, Yes, The Doors, The Who, Small Faces, Rolling Stones, Traffic (Stevie Winwood), Led Zepellin, Billy Joel, and Elton John. These all inspired him over many years to come. Whilst at school, everyone was listening to late 80’s breakdance and hiphop, acid house, pop and cheeky disco/funk tracks. All these styles gave a different edge and Julian enjoyed them. He had found a passion for the keyboard and to cut a story short, eventually bought them and still uses them to this day.
In 1988, he worked hard to save money for a keyboard, Atari music machine and bicycle. This mission began with delivering newspapers, stacking shelves in Sainsburys, washing up in restaurants and bike repairs – which all led on to something very special. Eventually, enough funds had been saved up to buy his very first digital piano. It was 1990 and he bought a Roland U220 sound module along side a second hand full size Roland MKB300 controller keyboard.
A year later after many jam sessions and discovering 4 track recording, he enrolled on a Sound Engineering course in London. That landed him various jobs as assistant engineer in various studios around London. The first studio was “Raezor Studios”, in Wandsworth, West London.
Inside the live room was a gorgeous piano, and across from there was a Hammond B3 Organ with a Leslie speaker. There was a 48 channel SSL 4000 series mixing console in the control room, which Julian learnt to mix and root various outboard gear too.
At Raezor, Julian worked alongside many great music producers and engineers. He watched and discovered various mixing techniques applied by Chris Potter, Owen Davies, Doug Bennet and Mark Frith, whilst rubbing shoulders with London Records, Universal and others.
Joules Productions Studios during that time included “Bunk Junk and Genius”, “Marc Angelo’s” and “Glentham Film Studios”. These gained him a vast amount of knowledge within pop, jazz, rock, soul and also dubbing mixing and production in film and albums.He then continued his studies at Brunel University to learn more about music composition, performance and production. This followed on to working at Sony Computer Entertainment Europe as Sound Designer and Composer at Team Soho, where he worked on several Playstation 2 titles. As the years commenced, Julian continued building up his own studio, full of keyboard instruments and recording gear. This commenced on to starting Joules Productions over a decade ago. It is from here that he works with various artists and other studios.