Hi, I'm Julian. I’m hoping my brand of guitar playing can help take your music to the next level. I have been fortunate enough to work with some of EDM's rising stars, and I will do my best to bring your vision to life. If you want a collective showcase of my playing style, I highly recommend you check out my Youtube channel (/JulianHallMusic).
I picked up the guitar in 2004, and since then it has become an ever-growing focus in my life. The majority of my musical palette is based in heavy/technical music--everything from progressive metal to melodic dubstep. In 2018, I combined my love for EDM and technical guitar by creating "guitar solo arrangement videos" on my Youtube channel. Through these videos, I was able to build a following on social media and establish connections with some of my favorite artists, which eventually led to some opportunities to work with some heavy hitters in the EDM scene.
My guitar playing has been featured on releases from artists such as Crystal Skies, Jason Ross, Last Heroes, and MEDZ. I made an artist brand name, Julian Dae, and released my first collaboration with SWARM entitled "Unbreakable." More recently, I recorded guitar for the “Collide EP” by Crystal Skies, which was released on Seven Lions’ label, Ophelia Records. From ambient guitar voicings to quick overdriven leads, I strive to bring that extra bit of energy to the song.
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17 Reviews - 5 Repeat ClientsEndorse Julian Hall
Julian isn't just extremely talented when it comes to guitar work, but he is also very polite and easy to talk to. He gets things done quickly, and it is quality work every time! I couldn't recommend working with Julian more, and I will definitely continue to work with him for my future projects!
Julian is a fantastic guitarist with a great ear. he had no trouble finding the right vibe and tone to fit my track! thanks man!
Julian was even faster at responding than last time. Not only did he respond fast, he also provided an amazing guitar!
Julian was great to work with. Tailored a sound to fit my style perfectly. Look forward to working with him in the future!
Julian always provides quality guitar work! Communicates at all levels of of his productions, keeping clients updated as he adds new tracks and or starts your project. Revisions are made timely and effortlessly. I would recommend Julian to anyone!
Once again, working with Julian was amazing. Every time is as easy as the last. Julian is a phenomenal guitar player and it shows everytime!
Julian is a phenomenal session guitarist. He definitely has an ear for music and is able to come up with fantastic melodies. Very professional, friendly, and a fast worker. If you are looking to get some organic guitar in your music, I highly recommend Julian!
This is my second time working with Julian and it was just as effortless and amazing working with him as the first time. He continues to produce amazing guitars and will be my go to guy for whenever I need guitars!
Julian made this experience very pleasant!! He was able to complete the job timely and with quality. He kept me updated throughout the writing process, provided numerous ideas, and provided revisions as I ask for them. I would use him again and refer him to anyone looking for quality guitar work!
Julian is a super talented guitarist. He came up with amazing ideas in no time and the quality of his stems was simply amazing. Can't wait to work with him again!
Wow, Julian knows his game well. He's a good session guitarist and a great composer!
Julian was very easy to work with. He helped me come up melodies and bring my project to life. I will definitely be working with Julian again. Highly recommended!!
Julian is an amazing guitar player. I've had him do solos on some of my work and it's always perfect. Not only is the playing and recording great, but the material fits the part. Julian is your guy !!
julian is very professional and extremely talented. couldn’t ask for more!
Julian is absolutely incredible and hard working with what he does musically. He won't stop until what he's working on is in the best shape he can get it. He works so hard with his music and can shred like nobodies business so if you need somebody to go wild on a guitar for you, he's your man!
Julian absolutely shreds and is very professional. Delivers great recordings, doesn’t complain about doing revisions, and has already worked with some of the best producers in the game. Hit him up
Julian is amazing to work with! Not only does this guy have amazing melodies and tone, he also delivers fast and to taste. He has worked with some of the biggest names in the EDM community, and I have 0 doubts that he will continue to grow and make success in the industry! So I highly recommend him for sure!
Interview with Julian Hall
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: In February 2020, Crystal Skies asked me to record guitar for their upcoming EP. I had been a fan of their music for a while, and their remix of “You Don’t Want Me” by Beatcore inspired me to combine technical guitar with melodic EDM. To have them want to involve me in their songwriting process was surreal. I was featured on four out of five songs on their EP, and I received awesome feedback from fans telling me that my guitar leads were some of their favorite parts on the EP. Safe to say, Crystal Skies liked what I brought to the table, and now we are working on their next project.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Like my guitar player influences, I try to find my own balance of melodicism and technicality. Since the majority of my musical upbringing has been metal and technical/heavy music, I’m definitely not afraid to throw around some quick leads, but I don’t want to sacrifice melody for wankery. I’ve made a bunch of “guitar solo arrangement” videos on my Youtube channel, where I create solos over some of my favorite EDM, metal, and pop songs. Through making those videos, I’ve definitely built confidence in my playing style.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: It’s very modest. I use my Michael Kelly Hex guitar or Ernie Ball Music Man JP70 to plug into my Line 6 POD HD500 Multi-Effects Processor, and then run the USB-out from the POD into my 2016 Macbook Pro. I also have a Yamaha AC1R Acoustic that I plug into a Presonus Audiobox USB 96 interface to track acoustic parts using the built-in microphone inside the acoustic guitar. My DAW of choice is Logic Pro X.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I get to help people create music that they are proud of. Artists put their trust in me to bring something special to the table, and it’s always a rewarding feeling to hear that I was able to help bring their ideas to fruition.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: In my past experience with other platforms, I'd say the two questions I get asked the most frequently are "How long does it take?" and "How much does it cost?" Each project is different, and I do my best to keep an organized schedule so as to not overwhelm myself and compromise the needs and deadlines of my clients. Projects can vary from $75-$150, and turn around times can be between 3-5 days unless otherwise specified. It’s difficult to foresee how a project will progress--especially since it’s relating to art--but please don’t hesitate to ask me any questions that you may have. I want to ensure that you’re getting your money’s worth, and that you felt you made the right decision by involving me in your process.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Besides working on my next “guitar solo arrangement” video, I’m currently helping out the boys in Crystal Skies with their next project.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I haven’t met him, but JT Roach is a phenomenal singer-songwriter. He has been featured on some amazing EDM tracks, and his vocal tone is something else. I imagine he brings his A-game with every project he involves himself in.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both options have pros and cons. Digital is obviously becoming a more convenient and efficient medium, but analog still has some transient qualities that digital processing has yet to 100% mimic. I believe in the saying “complexity is the enemy of execution,” and digital has been more reliable/user friendly in my experience.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will do my best to make the song the best it can be. I promise to maintain full transparency and ask all the necessary questions needed to bring the best performance to your project.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: A stereotype with most guitar players is that we are self-centered individuals who look for any opportunity to steal the spotlight and flamboyantly shred into eternity. I’d be lying if I said that I never wanted to play like Eddie Van Halen or Steve Vai, but I’ve learned over the years that it’s easy to play fast but it’s way more difficult to make it captivating and memorable. Sometimes, less is more. Or if you’re Yngwie Malmsteen, more is more. Both statements are correct in certain regards, but I’d rather be a strong songwriter than an ostentatious shredder.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I typically ask if there are any deadlines that I should be aware of, as well as any similar sounding musical compositions/styles that I could use as a reference for when I start tracking. I pride myself on being an efficient worker, so I want to do my best to gather all the necessary information that could help expedite the process.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Trust your intuition and find someone who is honest to a fault. In this world of online interactions, it’s very easy to put up a front and set false expectations. When it comes to making the best music possible, it’s best to work with people who have a genuine connection to the project and are willing to put their best foot forward. If someone is an efficient communicator and showcases a high standard of professionalism, then you should feel assured that your project is in safe hands.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Microphone, acoustic guitar, interface, headphones, laptop (with an everlasting battery supply).
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Music has always been the main focus for my career. I’ve been playing guitar since I was ten-years-old, eventually joining my first band around 2014--a pop rock band called Surprise Me. Through Surprise Me, I was introduced to all of the aspects of being in a band: writing music, recording in a studio, rehearsing, playing live shows, building a fanbase, etc. After the band ended, I started to work on my own music as well as make videos on my Youtube channel. These videos eventually lead to some opportunities to work with some of my favorite artists.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Making music with Seven Lions would definitely be a memorable experience. His production style is so versatile, and he is able to incorporate strong melodies and dynamic sound design in every song he releases. It would be very interesting to be a part of his process.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Do your best to trust and follow your intuition. There is a quote by Devin Townsend that comes to mind: “Over the years, my whole creative process works best for me when I don’t think about it. I find that my subconscious mind has a much greater connection to where I'm at emotionally than I do if I try and think about it.” It’s easy to let your mind become overwhelmed with the infinite possibilities of where a song can go, but usually following your intuition/subconscious will take you to a more productive headspace.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: My focus is hard rock/metal, pop, and EDM, but I have had experience with other genres such as hip-hop, acoustic, and ambient music.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I’m tenacious and hold a high level of scrutiny for my playing. I become very single-minded when it comes to completing a task. I don’t want to feel that a lead was out of time, or that a chord was strummed incorrectly. There is a quote that is in the back of my head when I record--”Good enough, isn’t.” If I feel I should re-record something, then I’ll re-record it until it sounds the best it can be. I want to be absolutely certain that what I bring to the song is in time, in tune, and in line with the client’s vision.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I believe I bring a novel energy to a song through my guitar playing. Like I said before, I strive to make my guitar parts memorable. Whether that be some fingerpicked chords or a shreddy guitar lead, I want to do my best to give the song that extra bit of energy and character.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I will listen to the song on repeat to get the structure and emotional context into my subconscious. I’ll then record a few rough takes to establish a direction for where I want to take the guitar style. Once the ideas are solidified, I will review the track to see where I could tighten up/improve certain parts. Sometimes, I’ll even use a MIDI instrument to come up with new ideas that I could then transpose to real guitar. Every project is different, but I do my best to provide quality guitar work that is as clean as possible. Making music should be a fun and rewarding experience, and I want to put my best foot forward to serve as a catalyst for that process.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: From a guitar standpoint, I’ve admired players such as Jason Richardson, Per Nilsson, John Petrucci, Steve Vai, and Paul Gilbert--essentially, players who have a nice balance of technicality and melodicism in their playing style. Devin Townsend is another person who I look up to in the music world. He is so prolific in his musical endeavors, and he has a lot of genuine wisdom regarding creative and emotional expression in music. I’m also inspired by most EDM producers and how they are able to use a computer to construct grand pieces of music with elaborate song structures and sound design.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I do my best to make memorable guitar parts for every project that comes my way. Whether it’s making a catchy guitar lead for the chorus or writing dynamic guitar lines that bring extra energy to the verses, I have made it a habit to find space in the mix and provide guitar work that further enhances the overall feel of the song.