Julius Papp is a house music producer and DJ whose
roots lie in Disco of the 70’s and New Wave of the 80’s. Julius was born and raised
in Montreal, Canada, and got tuned into dance music through the city’s
flourishing club scene and diverse radio broadcasts.He started collecting
vinyl records in the late 70’s and took to the turntables in 1985,
scoring his first major club gig 2 years later.
Early DJ influences for Julius came from reading about specific parties
that were piloted by talented music programmers that even today, still
influence the youngest of aspiring DJ’s. Legends like Larry Levan
at the Paradise Garage in NYC to Frankie Knuckles at The Warehouse in Chicago
to Tony Humphries’ weekly at Zanzibar in New Jersey. Always inspired
by any track listing in those articles, Julius would hunt down the music
that became classics, worshipped by their discerning audiences. To this
day, his goal is to keep solidifying his music foundation by being open
minded and eclectic in absorbing the music that truly touches him.
That open minded attitude has also groomed Julius into fine tuning his
musical palette by giving him a dominant sound which exudes a deep and
soulful perspective, which he translates onto the dancefloor. That being
said, he blends various styles together (including Latin, Afro, Disco,
Jazz) with such fluidity that it is difficult at times to put a defining
stamp on his sound. Contributing to that is his willingness to take a chance.
He always tries to push the envelope by introducing music that may or may
not go over well, but feels deserves the exposure. He takes his audience
on a musical journey with various mood and energy changes.
Not content to limiting his ambitions on the dancefloor, Julius began producing
music in 1994. The studio was another outlet for Julius’ creative
ideas to flow. His early releases were on the downtempo Acid Jazz tip.
He drew attention as part of the jazz and funk scene in San Francisco via
the Mushroom Jazz parties alongside resident Mark Farina.
As Julius’ production catalogue grew, so did the amount of labels
he released music on including – Nervous (NYC), Maxi (NYC), Large
(Chicago), Yellow (Paris), King ST (NYC), Loveslap (SF) and OM (SF).
A veteran DJ and Producer, Julius has refined a style of dance music that
has taken him beyond the boundaries of San Francisco to global praise and
recognition. Being nominated as “Most Innovative Producer” at
the 2004 House Music Awards is a perfect example of that. Putting him in
the company of Joey Negro, Osunlade, DJ Gregory, DJ Spinna and Ben Watt
was an absolute honor for him.
Along with working wizardry in the studio, Julius has become a familiar
face behind the decks, which has taken him around the world. He has DJ’d
at popular mainstays like “Pacha” in Ibiza and “Ministry
of Sound” in London,To Zouk in Singapore.
Currently, Julius has a collaboration with Miguel Migs which takes place
at Mighty every Saturday night called “Salted Saturdays” and
features other local and international DJ’s.
In 2003 Julius Papp ventured into the label arena with NeoDisco Music.
Named after the sound that continues to inspire Julius, the label offers
him an alternate outlet to release his own productions without feeling
pressured into producing formulaic music that might become predictable.