Julion De’Angelo is a multi-instrumentalist, producer, and DJ based in Detroit, MI. From playing the bass, cello, and drums since his preteen years growing up in North Carolina, music has always been the center of Julion’s world. With experience playing in a number of different groups – from free jazz and metal, to noise and punk – It’s this experimental sensibility and familiarity with the avant-garde that he brings to each of his musical endeavors. Specifically, the dance floor.
Julion’s first club experiences took place at the D.I.Y. club, Nightlight, and at FrequeNC & Hot Releases parties, in Chapel Hill, NC. These are the places where a stronger understanding of dance music and of bodily movement began to take shape for Julion. In all of his work, there is acute attention to the impact of vibrations on bodies, as well as the (sacred) energetic relationship that can occur between musician and listener.
Upon moving to Detroit, Julion continues to deepen his immersion in the world of contemporary Black music. In 2017, he released a debut split-EP called “Roots That Talk” with Thomas Xu, on Sound Signature; this joint release inspired them to host a party of the same name. With other releases on Meakusma, Japan’s Freedom School, and Tone Log Records he has continued to cultivate his heavy sound rooted in the Black American experience.
Forever connecting with his roots, he spends his time building instruments as well as playing percussion for Lisa McCall’s Afro Cuban Dance Class in Detroit. Julion’s mission is focused on freedom of Black expression through sound and movement.