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Rising Stars: Meet Julian Maynard

Today we’d like to introduce you to Julian Maynard.  

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
My journey into the music industry starts like most others, playing in small bands. I’d sing and play rhythm guitar and bass. Really anything I could to be involved with music. Local shows to out-of-town gigs. One thing I started to notice was that we would play for only 2 different promoters, and the pay would always be the same flat fee. Our crowds were growing, so I decided to host the events myself. I did this until the band broke up and kind of lost my way for a little while. Started promoting themed house parties with a couple friends. We called ourselves the “Z00 KR3W.” Inspired by local PD after breaking up a party, calling us “a bunch of animals that belonged in a zoo.” Living in a small town with no nightlife, these gatherings were the buzz of the town. We eventually met someone more involved with nightlife, a local DJ. He put us in touch with a local bar owner, who asked us to host one of our house parties at his bar, And so started Z00 KR3W Events. Over 5 years, this was a heavy part of my life. We had weekly events; we still did our crazy “house party” themed events on occasion. Foam parties, paint parties, costume contests, full EDM style events. We had basically created our own “underground” events. In the mix of all this, I learn to DJ and play our events often. It was great to be back-involved with music. These were music events, in my opinion. Mostly because I have never drunk alcohol. The draw for me is the music and people. Creating experiences #1. Sure, there is a bar, but we also have atmosphere!!! Atmosphere is the most important aspect of any event. 

In 2016 I decided to sell all my unnecessary belongings and head off for Europe. This trip was short-lived due to what I considered to be the offer of a lifetime, a residency to DJ at Club Space in Miami. A close friend and college got a job to do operation for the one of the rooms and asked me to play on a weekly basis. I think, “OMG, IVE MADE IT.” lol If you know me or if you are a fan of house music, you would know that this venue is the pinnacle of venues to perform at for house music. The gig was almost everything id hope it would be, but it wasn’t to last. The club was in bad standings & not paying employees on time. Let go of my friend after an online meltdown. It was the worst. They would say “call Monday” (biz hours were 12-2 Monday only, lol) I would call Monday… “Ok Ok! Check will be there Saturday.” Go play at club, after go for check…no check… “call Monday.” I tell people ‘I got Miami’d” when I explain the experience. I do have to say that the club has since found new ownership, and they reached out to me sometime in 2018 with a check for unpaid invoices they found. They didn’t have to do this & I don’t hold any grudge. After that, I decided to move to Orlando with my family and kind of get a fresh start. I got involved with Alliance Events, DJing some but mostly helping with organizing their street team and promoting. This was great way for me to meet like-minded people and really get involved with the local scene. TBH, with everything I had been doing in Port Saint Lucie, working with Alliance was an easy transition. It was more or less the same “job,” just larger scale. I have now been with Alliance 6 years and have been part of this wild rollercoaster of the entertainment industry together happily and evolving. 

It’s 2022 now, and events are strong. Music is stronger. Producing original music almost daily. Hoping to leave a lasting mark in the industry. The sky is the limit right now. 

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
One experience that changed me: 

I’m playing club space. First night. I have 100 friends in the crowd. I play a set out of my soul!! The headline act says, “GREAT SET BRO!! You must send me your original music!” 

Right then, I felt I was in over my head. I didn’t feel like I deserve to be where I was. With one encouraging line, I was wiped because I had no original music. At the time, I was a full-on “DJ.” 

This experience has fueled me for the last 6 years. I am/was a talented DJ, but I made it to the top (as a DJ), and it didn’t last. If I am to remain in this industry, I had to focus on producing. 

Today I have a large catalog of original tracks and slowly working at sharing them with the world. 

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
DJ Julian M House music is my game. 

Fever Disco Party an event I produce. Disco, costumes, atmosphere all night. 

What sets me apart is my effort to detail. 

What sort of changes are you expecting over the next 5-10 years?
I believe the pandemic taught us to appreciate experience more. You have seen a large shift in how people spend money since. Unique events, untraditional venues. MORE than a stage and speakers. 

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