Meet Julian Gray [Voyage LA Magazine]
Today we’d like to introduce you to Julian Gray.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I’ve grown up around music my entire life. My dad is a guitarist and had a home studio I used to mess around in when I was a kid. I was also very interested in computers and was constantly taking electronics apart and putting them back together as a young teen. I think the marriage of my love of music and creative arts from my upbringing and my love of electronics and computers really is what got me started in electronic music. Using a computer to write music and create art of all kinds was always very fascinating to me.
Over the years, I’ve had some large monumental jumps that have gotten me to where I am today. One of the biggest ones was getting direct support from deadmau5, signing some of my music to his record label mau5trap. Another is when I started my educational YouTube channel back in 2011 with hopes of helping my friends learn to DJ. I think success comes in the form of a lot of small things that accumulate over time. There’s never really a “big break,” I think it’s just inching your way forward little by little with every day.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Honestly, it’s been a great time. Of course, there’s been ups and downs, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I think I ran into the same struggles that most upcoming musicians run into. “how do I build a fanbase,” “will people like this?”, “am I wasting my time.” I think the best way to approach these ideas is to just work through them. Use negative thoughts as ammunition to improve yourself, and realign for your next attempt. Never let negative thoughts and haters get you down. That’s what worked for me.
We’d love to hear more about your organization.
My company Julian Gray Media is a music education platform. I mentor and teach hundreds of students in the form of private lessons, online seminars, YouTube videos, and Online courses via platforms like Sonic Academy.
I’m very proud that I’ve been able to leave a mark on the next generation of musicians. I think that’s what I’m most proud of.
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I would have found a mentor early on to teach me everything. I would have saved a lot of time in trial and error. I had the ego that “I can do everything myself,” and it’s so much easier just to find someone who knows what they’re doing and to learn from them.
NEVER pretend to know everything, always act like you’re the dumbest person in the room. You should always be trying to learn as much as possible from everyone you can. Even if the knowledge isn’t applicable to you, or if you don’t gain anything from it, it’s better to hear it in the chance that it IS valuable than to continue talking so much that you forget to listen.
Robert Polgar, Juan Ramirez
By: Voyage LA • May 7, 2019