MATRIXSYNTH: Sequential Featured Artist Interview with JULIAN POLLACK

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Sequential Featured Artist Interview with JULIAN POLLACK

You can find the interview on Sequential's website here.

"Julian Pollack/J3PO is a pianist, keyboardist, and producer. Described by Timeout New York as a musician who “deftly balances virtuosity with tenderness,” Julian is an in-demand sideman as well a leader of his own projects. When he was 18 years old, having just moved to New York City from his native California hometown of Berkeley, he was featured on Piano Jazz, hosted by Marianne McPartland, the syndicated NPR radio program. Professionally, Julian has recorded and performed with the likes of Marcus Miller, Michael League (Snarky Puppy), Louis Cato (The Tonight Show), David Binney, The Lesson GK, Matt Chamberlain, Tim LeFebrve, Mike “Maz” Maher (Snarky Puppy), Grace Kelly, Ari Hoenig, Chris Bullock (Snarky Puppy), Nir Felder, Gil Goldstein (Esperanza Spalding), Chase Baird (Antonio Sanchez), Amanda Brown (Adele), Evan “EMAR” Marien, Grace Weber, and many others. He has played an integral role in the band The Lesson GK, which has held the famed “Lesson” Jam Session at Arelene’s Grocery on the Lower East Side of New York every Thursday night for many years. In 2019, Julian (as J3PO) will release his new album Small Plates, a collection of 12 tracks that range from simple lo-fi beats to complex jazztronica future house joints. Inspired by analog synths and sample-based music, the album fuses Julian’s love for today’s contemporary production styles with a nod to the jazz tradition and the spontaneity of live music and improvisation. Julian lives in Los Angeles, California.

We chatted with Julian on how he’s using Sequential’s instruments in his music."

You can find previous posts featuring Sequential's Spotlight series here.


  1. I have reached the point where I can declare I have never heard of any of them. Seriously. I don't know who any of those people are. I've heard of Adele, of course, but only as far as "Skyfall" is concerned, and Snarky Puppy in passing, but the rest? I have no idea. I'm just slightly stunned that there is a whole new generation, if that's what it is, of musicians out there whose work has slipped completely past me, and I didn't even miss it.

  2. Bearing in mind, of course, this is a press release, of sorts. And also bearing in mind, "Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something."

  3. Then, I listened to the videos on Sequential's page and Oh My God That's Awful. It's all that drum and bass crap I hate and I suddenly realize why all those names passed me by. It's because I was furiously ducking with my fingers stuffed into my ears, and hoping not to be noticed until everything got nice and quiet again. I have to go listen to some Dave Brubeck. No, it's really bad. Stop pretending it isn't.



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