- Words Louis Rabinowitz
Rising Gen Z star Julius Black chats to Notion about his lifelong love for The Beatles, his anti-heroic new EP and his excitement for live touring.
In Julius Black’s music, the old and the new exist in total harmony. Baker grew up absorbing some of the greats of musical history, opting to study classical music from a young age. He also took a keen interest in the music of iconic acts such as The Beatles and David Bowie as he came of age in New Zealand.
However, Black wasn’t content with just repackaging the tunes of yesteryear; he also gravitated towards some of the biggest contemporary acts around, such as James Blake, Kanye West and Frank Ocean. It’s in that mixture of past and present where his own music has found its form, with Black having built his own unique sound, both nostalgic and cutting-edge.
He released his debut EP ‘Dopamine’ last year, and he has been eager to keep up the pace. His latest run of work has culminated in a brand new five-song collection, ‘Together We Still Go Down in the Dark’, in which Black tells the story of a relationship through the stylised lens of a hero descending into madness after a toxic relationship. It’s a bold work of storytelling that clearly announces Black’s arrival as a member of the Gen Z music vanguard.
To celebrate his new EP drop, we sat down with Julius Black to chat about his storytelling choices, his mixture of music inspirations and his excitement at live touring.