Born in London, England on June 4, 1975, Julian Marley is the son of reggae legend Bob Marley and Barbados-born Lucy Pounder. Growing up as a youth in a musical atmosphere, the Grammy Award Nominated roots-reggae musician, singer-songwriter, producer and humanitarian quickly adopted a musical lifestyle, and at an early age and became a skillful, self-taught musician mastering the bass, drums, guitar and keyboards. During Julian’s formative years in Jamaica, he began to study under legendary reggae veterans such as Aston “Family Man” Barrett, Carlton Barrett, Earl “Wire” Lindo, Tyrone Downie and Earl “Chinna” Smith, all of whom inspired the then fledgling song-bird. In 1996, Julian released his debut entitled, Lion in the Morning, which launched him into the public eye. The album was a conscious effort and culmination of his musical development to date and reflected Julian’s growing maturity and musical sophistication. Recorded at Tuff Gong studios in Jamaica, Lion in the Morning is Julian’s own testament that clearly reflects his roots and heritage. The record was followed by a successful International tour with The Uprising, which included performances in Jamaica, New York City, Japan, Brazil and Mexico. In 1998, Julian contributed a vast range of musical elements to singer Lauryn Hill’s Grammy Award winning album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, including playing guitar on the single, “Forgive Them Father”. In 2003, Julian joined his siblings Stephen, Cedella, Damian, and Kymani to contribute a version of the single, ‘Master Blaster’ for Stevie Wonder's tribute album entitled, Conception: An Interpretation of Stevie Wonder Songs. That same year, Julian also recorded his sophomore effort entitled, A Time and Place at the Lion’s Den in Miami. An organic fusion of rootical reggae and jazz, A Time and Place was produced by his brother Stephen Marley, and the album cemented Julian’s next milestone on his artistic path. In 2005, along with the Marley family, Julian embarked on a series of ‘Africa Unite’ performances, which began in Ethiopia and included Ghana in 2006 and Jamaica in 2008. At the invitation of the Jamaican government, Julian Marley and The Uprising performed during the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, and celebrated along-side Jamaica's Gold medal-winning runner, Usain Bolt. In 2009, Julian Marley’s career rose to new heights with the success of his Grammy Award Nominated release entitled, Awake released on Ghetto Youths / Universal Music Group. The thought-provoking album was co-produced with his brothers Stephen Marley and Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley and recorded at the Lion’s Den in Miami and the Tuff Gong studio’s in Jamaica. Julian’s ‘Awake’ world tour with The Uprising flourished in 2009, and stemmed into a major North American, Caribbean and European run that included the Raggamuffin 2010 tour of Australia and New Zealand. In May 2010, Awake took home the award for ‘Best Album of the Year’ at the International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) in New York City. Marley’s tour with The Uprising continually expanded in 2010, and performance dates found Marley circling Europe, and scheduling back to back headlining performances in the UK, Greece and South America. Julian Marley ranks higher in the consciousness movement of music than most reggae artists recognized today. In the same tradition as his father, Julian is a devout Rastafarian whose music is inspired by life and spirituality. And while Julian has built a formidable reputation by transcending musical genres, we can be sure that all future endeavors that the music visionary embarks on will remain spiritual, moral and with a global mission. Julian notes, “I don’t plan the next step, I just continue on with Jah Works and somehow things seem to just come together naturally that way.” Julian Marley ranks higher in the consciousness movement of music than most reggae artists recognized today. In the same tradition as his father, Julian is a devout Rastafarian whose music is inspired by life and spirituality. And while Julian has built a formidable reputation by transcending musical genres, we can be sure that all future endeavors that the music visionary embarks on will remain spiritual, moral and with a global mission. Julian notes, “I don’t plan the next step, I just continue on with Jah Works and somehow things seem to just come together naturally that way.” Fast forward to 2018, and the dawn of an exciting new era for Julian. With a burgeoning medical/recreational marijuana business (“JuJu Royal”) already taking shape across the globe, the next chapter of his distinguished musical career is also bearing fruit. His brand new album, “As I Am” will be released this summer, and alongside it will be an extensive European & tour which will see Julian bring the music to the masses. It’s a stirring time for Julian, and the album, tour and other business interests will further enhance how much he has grown and developed over the last decade. www.Twitter.com/JulianMarley www.Facebook.com/JulianMarley www.instagram.com/julianrmarley
Subatomic Sound System
Spearheaded by producer, DJ, and multi-instrumentalist Emch, NYC’s Subatomic Sound System is leading a mission to re-establish the bass heavy, spacious soundscapes, and live improvisational remixing of classic Jamaican dub reggae music at the forefront of today’s producer-fueled, beat and bass driven music scene. Subatomic Sound System has pioneered a one-of-a-kind performance style that combines live musicians and electronics. Subatomic's innovative approach caught the ear of Bob Marley's producer and mentor, the legendary Lee “Scratch” Perry, who enlisted Subatomic in 2011 as his go to band for creating his famous Black Ark studio sound live. The Subatomic Sound System live band includes Jamaican conga legend Larry McDonald who has been playing since the inception of reggae with everyone from The Skatalites to Bob Marley & Peter Tosh to Gil Scot Heron. Most recently Subatomic & Scratch released a new single "Dub Organizer" and completed a US tour celebrating the 45th anniversary of the word's first dub reggae album 'Blackboard Jungle Dub' produced by Scratch in 1973, which featured the original recordings of several Marley songs like "Kaya" and "Keep on Moving". Subatomic also remixed the lead single "Morning is Coming" for Sting & Shaggy's recent Grammy nominated album. After numerous remixes and singles over the past decade, Scratch & Subatomic topped both reggae and electronic charts with their “Super Ape Returns To Conquer” album, a 21st century re-imagining of Perry’s visionary 1976 album. The new album breaks ground of its own as Subatomic's use of technology creates an unprecedented level of dynamic improvisation across frequencies, between live performers, computers, and studio manipulation, exploding traditional concepts of what is a live performance versus a studio recording. Other releases with dancehall artists like Anthony B, Elephant Man, and Jahdan Blakkamoore have further defined the reach of the Subatomic Sound dub style as well as unlikely collaborations and remixes that included filmmaker David Lynch, Ari Up of The Slits, a collective of Colombian cumbia producers, and more. Emch worked as a radio host on Radio NY FM for 3 years and continues to host a show on BrooklynRadio.com. Emch also worked for many years teaching at Dubspot and is the founder of Dub Champions Festival in the USA and Europe which organizes both performances and educational workshops on dub music. The Subatomic live show has toured the world in various configurations as an innovative combination of electronics and live instruments which recently inspired a viral documentary by Great Big Story.