The longest membership with any one project for Julian “Julz-A” Hintz has been Terry Dame’s Electric Junkyard Gamelan, in which he has performed as the rapping Julz-A while also employing his expert percussion skills. Julz-A also co-produced EJG’s Third album, Life On Marz. His accordion projects started in early 2001 among the NYC based Japanese punk rock outfits of Dynamite Club and Peelander-Z. After many mutations and experiments, Julz-A finally arrived at the focus of a solo project with the release of his Squeeze Rock EP, and later with his follow up Squeeze Right EP. The solo material has developed into a band of bass, drums and accordion called Squeeze Rock, which has three releases called Look At That EP, Hungry (Single), and Pinball (“Off The G” Theme Song). Currently working on new recordings with a fresh sound, Squeeze Rock is sure to please even the most skeptic audiences.
Julz-A is part of a few creative teams developing new musical theater productions. More news about them should be surfacing in the next couple of years as scripts are finished.
Julz-A has performed as a soloist on national television at the world famous Apollo Theater on the same bill as Whoopi, Chingy and Ray Chew. He also performed with Ray Chew And The Crew at the un-televised Amateur Night At The Apollo show. Julz-A advanced to the semi-finals of the 2008 Williamsburg Live Songwriter Competition performing his song “Fortified.” He has opened for Eliza Gilkyson, Qui, and Northern State among others. Julz-A received an honorable mention for The Billboard World Song Contest in 2006 with his song “Burning Bellows” and in 2005 with his song “I Tried,” featured on the Squeeze Rock EP, as well as honorable mentions for the We Are Listening Singer/Songwriter Awards 2006 with his songs “Where?” and “Sunset Time.” Besides the Apollo appearances, notable Julz-A performances include appearances at Atlantis 10th Anniversary 2007, MMC11 2007, NXNE 2006, Celebrate Brooklyn 2005, The Rock Accordion Summit of New York and Providence 2005, The CalArts West Goes East Festival 2005, The Rock Accordion Summit of Philadelphia 2004, and The CMJ Music Marathon in 2002.