Julien Nicolas was born in 1982, he started playing music by taking drum lessons with Christophe Drigon (Mano Solo). He joined The Agostini School in 1998, with Marc Lagrange as his drum teacher in Chalon sur Saône, where he managed and obtained the "Superior Diploma". At the same time, he was playing in many local trainings like A-KA-THA, orchestras, battacuda, and tours in France and Poland.
In 2003, he joined the band called Furia, with whom he recorded one of the first French metal-music DVD (La Source Noire, 2004) and also their third album "Khéros" (internationally distributed by Season Of Mist). They did around 150 gigs in France, Switzerland, Belgium...sharing the top of the bill with bands like Gojira, Dagoba, Hacride, Slayer, Soilwork, In Flames.
In 2005, Julien joined the French band Beyon-d-Lusion, together they recorded their first album (distributed by Adipocère Record, 2005).
In September 2006, he signed an endorsement with DW, Aquarian, Zildjian and Pro Orca.
In 2007, he joined the band called Akirise with whom he recorded their first album (Brouillez l'Ecoute, 2007); the pop-rock band The Nuances (signed with Coriace Management), and the band PHIL, they did around one hundred gigs...
In 2010, Julien joined the metal band KELLS and followed tours everywhere in Europe until the end of 2011. Then, he recorded the third album of the band, signed with Season Of Mist.
For the last ten years, Julien has also been giving private lessons in his own drum school, sponsored by DW/PDP".
By Clara Messerschmidt
About Zildjian Julien says: "I've always been playing with the Zildjian's, I find its tone excellent, and it perfectly corresponds to what I was looking for in terms of tone and projection...these cymbals are really great live as well as in the studio! I mix a little of each Zildjian cymbal series to have a quite large sound palette. I use as some K, A Custom, Avedis, Orientals, some Z...Zildjian's the best!"