New single from Russia with love

A singer who found fame on a TV talent search is continuing to move into the world of dance music thanks to a collaboration with a group of Russian artists.

Friday, 20th May 2016, 3:51 pm
Updated Friday, 20th May 2016, 4:56 pm
David Julien. Photo: Avery Cunliffe

Former contestant on BBC show The Voice David Julien is a featured artist on new single Nobody But You, the follow-up to last year’s You Dancing.

The two singles are both the product of an association with Russian group WildOnes, with David, who is originally from Tyldesley, contributing the melodic lines and vocals to the music penned by his colleagues.

Nobody But You sees David continuing to move away from the music which has previously made his name in favour of a floor-filling European dance sound and the Leigh-based musician says he is relishing the new challenge.

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David, 27, said: “Thew new one is very European, it has Ibiza and Amsterdam influences. It’s a bit out of the blue from what you would expect but it’s fun to try something different.

“It also turns out my voice suits that style of music, it fits over the beats and drops really well.

“It has been a massive learning curve because my influences are in rock ‘n’ roll, blues and genres like that, although the first band I was crazy about was Del Amitri.

“My manager is also helping WildOnes out a bit. The tracks aren’t quite radio friendly yet, it’s a little bit more underground, but they’ve a following in Russia and on the dance scene.”

David will feature on one more single by Wild Ones and is waiting for the music to be sent to the UK.

He is increasingly focusing on writing melodies and lyrics for other songwriters alongside developing his own material and has contributed to songs by artists from as far afield as Portugal and Spain.

He says the experience brings home the scale of the challenges trying to break into the music business.

He said: “There are so many top line writers out there. Some songs come through are really good, just as high quality as the stuff you hear on the radio, but it just doesn’t get picked up.

“If people send a demo you’ve got more freedom to change the structure but if it’s radio ready you have to work with what’s there and create something catchy.”

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