Jullian Gomes was born and brought up in the Republic of South Africa listening to Soul, Latin and Kwaito, before discovering House Music at the tender age of eight.
Since his first gig in 2003, his career has travelled only upward, and his love for production and skill-set grew steadily with it. Alongside cousin Michael G, he began the G.Family collective and has released on top South African Independent labels including: Soulcandi and House Afrika, which was followed shortly by records on influential International labels such as Realtone Records, Foliage Records, Atjazz Record Company and Seasons Limited.
In 2010 he stepped off the shores of his home continent to participate at the Red Bull Music Academy, which took place in London.
He has since then been invited to play at several local festivals including Oppikoppi, Rocking the Daisies, Cape Town Electronic Music Festival and in 2011 he was invited to play a dream slot at Sonar Festival 2011 in Barcelona, one of the most highly regarded music festivals in the world.
At 23 years of age in 2012, Jullian picked up his first MTN South African Music Award Nominee, when G.Family’s Album ”Break the Silence – Deep House Chronicles 6″ was nominated in the category ”Best Dance Album”.Deciding to take a break from the G.Family collective in early 2012, Jullian Gomes released his solo debut single ”Love Song 28” (Ft. Bobby) as well as his second single in collaboration with Atjazz titled ”Overshadowed”.
2012/2013 also saw Jullian Gomes remixing for artists like Black Coffee, The Layabouts and British Soul legend Omar as well as working on remixes for Defected Records, Ralf Gum & Atjazz. Early 2013 saw Jullian pick up an award for the video of ”Love Song 28” (Feat. Bobby) at the Metro Fm Awards.
Rolling with UK veteran and influential industry stalwart Atjazz and his Record Company in 2013, Jullian Gomes and Atjazz collaborated on their album ”The Gift The Curse” which was seen as one of the most interesting hook-ups in modern house music. The album also featured artists such as Osunlade, Robert Owens, Wunmi, Zano, Clive Astin and John Agesilas.
The success of his releases worldwide has afforded him the opportunity to travel and perform in parts of the world such as: Barcelona, London, Amsterdam, Paris, Berlin, Stockholm, Sierre, Tisno, Tokyo, Dubai, Swaziland, Namibia, Mauritius, Mozambique and South Africa to name a few.
2016 saw the release of ‘’Late Dreamer’’ the debut album by Jullian Gomes.Late Dreamer debuted as the No.1 Dance/Electronic album on iTunes South Africa on the 30th September 2016 and is unmistakably the sound of ‘Jullian Gomes’ - wonderfully laid back, thick chunky beat-ridden soulful house music featuring some incredible talent. From the teachings of the wonderful wordsmith OVEOUS, to South Africa’s most celebrated female in dance music ‘Bucie’, Liquideep’s ‘Ziyon’ and talenteers Lazarusman, Daev Martin, Sio, Kabomo, Bobby, Sarai Jazz, and Martin Iveson. A clear and well thought out collection of songs, that together make a warm and attractive addition to the world of electronic soul music.
The album started out its life in a spark of realisation with Jullian’s mind working in overdrive thinking way back to a time where it all started for him. Working his day job to make his daily bread and thereafter falling asleep in his home studio in the dark of night pushing to carve his musical career. Waking up one morning ‘late’ to go to his day job, he asked himself the question “What am I late for?” this lead to Jullian’s priorities shifting wildly planting the seed that he may be too late to follow the dreams he had for all these years. The album and indeed Gomes’ whole musical career is the biggest leap of faith he has ever taken and it sure has paid off. Jullian may be in his own eyes a ‘Late Dreamer’, yet he has proved time and time again that dreams can come true if you believe.
Love and support from the people led to Late Dreamer receiving “Best Dance Album” as well as 1000 Memories (Feat. Sio) receiving “House Record Of The Year” at the very first Dance Music Awards South Africa 2017.
2018 saw Jullian Gomes start his own label “World Without End” early in the year and November brought the release of “Big Bad Crazy”. Following on 5 years after their exceptional debut collaboration “The Gift The Curse”, Atjazz & Jullian Gomes hit a home run with an incredible collection of audio artwork that was “Big Bad Crazy”. Debuting at No.1 on the iTunes (South Africa) chart as well as on Traxsource Top 100, the album was well received worldwide.
With only a short break since his debut long player “Late Dreamer”, Jullian released his sophomore solo album “Slow Poison” in 2019. Slow Poison delivered a plethora of styles from Jullian’s skill bank, ranging from story telling soundscapes through trademark deep house and soulful house into neo-electronic-disco. Slow Poison displayed Jullian’s versatility as an artist and debuted as the No.1 Dance/Electronic album on iTunes / Apple Music South Africa that year.
Out of the blue in 2020, Jullian Gomes presented an infectious rework of “Slow Poison”. The appropriately named remix album “Poisoned” came unexpectedly, as Jullian found himself in the throws of a lockdown during the global pandemic. Suddenly inspired; Jullian injected twists & turns in abundance and weaved in & out of new exciting ideas to reform "Slow Poison” into “Poisoned”, Which is yet another album full of diverse material.
His inclusion into such prestigious and notable occasions is a testament to the hard work and many years of plying his trade as an avid music fan, producer and DJ. Jullian Gomes is on an eternal quest to widen his musical horizons with shuffled claps and electronic soul.
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