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. His first solo effort, “Stand On Your Square” released on North Carolina label Tone Log Records, reflects chaos as the norm, each track finding their peace and discipline in African rhythms differently.  With his recent releases, including a remix for Meakusma & an EP for Japan’s Freedom School Records, he has continued to cultivate his heavy sound rooted in the Black American experience.

Forever connecting with his roots, he builds gourd instruments as well as playing percussion for Bomba drum and dance group Ricanstruction and Afro Cuban dance troupe Iyawo Dance Theatre in Detroit. Julion’s mission is focused on freedom of Black expression through sound and movement.

  1. Lady Reed  – The Sensuous Black Woman meets The Sensuous Black Man
  2. Glyn Maier – Gwyl
  3. O. Kitajima – Benzaiten (Thomas Xu Edit with Fries)
  4. Deenamic -Twisted Bones
  5. Kai Alce, Ron Trent – Sa K’Pase
  6. IG Culture – Separate
  7. Mike Dunn – Frantic Machine
  8. Kyle Hall – Spoof
  9. Gene Farris – April Snow
  10. Terry Hunter – Jouse Scat
  11. Terrance Dixon – After Five
  12. Our Own Organization – Days of Old
  13. Nubya Garcia – Stand With Each Other (KeiyaA Remix)
  14. Mongo Santamaria – New One
  15. John Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders – Evolution: Part One
  16. Scan Seven – The Resistance
  17. Roy Ayers – Life Is Just A Moment Pt. 2