As a child, Julien Collins remembers seeing his brother produce music on his Mac computer.
Like many younger siblings, Collins was intrigued and excited by what his brother was up to, and was often seen peeking around the corner to try and see what his brother was up to next. .
Now 22, Collins produces his own beats and recently released a seven-track hip hop EP titled “Weird Kid.” Why the name? It’s the Ormond Beach resident’s way of expressing that there’s nothing wrong with being considered “weird.”
“It always stuck with me because when people — bullies or whatever — called you that, they used it in a negative connotation, but for me it’s something positive,” Collins said. “There are a lot of people who are too scared to express themselves, in any way they think so. So I took that negative connotation and made it positive.
But he wouldn’t be where he is today without Daytona State College’s music production technology program, an avenue he didn’t know existed until he was already in college to earn a degree. in psychology.
A way to let off steam
Music has always been a passion for Collins, even when he was a student at Flagler Palm Coast High School. He used to record songs in a small room in the library.
“It was a great way to let off steam, you know?” he said. feelings. I’ve been through a lot, so being able to express them is vital, for everyone.
Years later, during his freshman year of college at the DSC Palm Coast campus, one of his professors caught wind of his love for music and told him about the music production technology major at school. Collins was surprised – he didn’t know that was an option. He always thought that producing music was something you learned and did on your own.
“If I had known that my freshman year of high school, I would have taken school a lot more seriously, because it would have been something that I really enjoyed,” Collins said. “I know so many kids who make music and do all of this stuff that they’re not aware of, and it’s like a waste of potential not knowing that.
So he took a semester off, moved to Ormond Beach and got to work.
The music changed him
His advice to people wanting to produce music? Keep going and don’t give up.
Inspired by his mother, brother and teacher, Christopher Velazco, who Collins says is always trying to open new doors for him, Collins said he hopes to continue working on his music. Next year, he will be president of the music industry club of DSC. Growing older and producing music with his brother gave him the opportunity to reflect on his experiences.
“You start to become aware of things around you, so you look within and all this internalization that you didn’t know how to express hits you,” Collins said. “Making music was fun at first, but it really turned into something that changed my life and made me a better person.
Listen to “Weird Kid” on https://soundcloud.com/thatboyjules