– Happiness can be so simple –
– playing football in the park –
– making music with your friends –
– listening to Julius –
Erik: “I first met Michiel in High School. We got on very well and decided we should start a band. Great! But we needed a good singer.”
Michiel: “When I started studying at the conservatory I met Koen. I decided at once to introduce him to Erik and we all got along really well.”
Koen says: “We started meeting every Wednesday to make songs. After a couple of months we were like… man these songs are really good, we gotta do something!”
What they did was to name themselves Julius and send some of the songs to record companies. A&R man Menno Timmerman was so impressed he decided to start his own record company – Innercore Music.
The result was a debut album for both the band and the label. Then came the first single, ‘Back to the Days’.
When the single was featured in the American soap opera ‘The Bold and the Beautiful’, it was heard in 130 countries worldwide. In China, the Mayson guitar company asked Julius to become their mascot group.
In 2015, Julius toured China sponsored by Mayson guitars. They caused a sensation everywhere they went. In 2016, they will do two further tours of China – the first in May/June, the second in September/October.
Koen says: “We all get energy from working in this band. It’s hard work and fun at the same time. Our overall sound is optimistic. Some songs deal with serious matters but others bring sunshine.”
For Julius, 2016 will be ‘The Year of Bringing Sunshine to China’.
Koen Brouwer – Vocals
Erik Meereboer – Guitar
Michiel Rietveld – Acoustic guitar