Chris Julien aka 117Jules was born, raised and grew up in Luton town with his mum, dad and sister. His parents divorced when he was 8 years old and his dad moved away overseas. He continued to live with his mum and sister and attended Putteridge High school until the age of 15. He then continued his education at a DJ academy and it was there that he found his interest in rapping, lyric writing, producing and mixing.
When he was 17 years old, Chris moved to Chelmsford Essex. A year later he enlisted into the British army and joined the 1st Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment. He has served for over 7 years so far and has completed two full operational tours of Afghanistan, Herrick 11 and Herrick 16. He has gained qualifications as a Fire team commander, physical training instructor and several other achievements and promotions. It is also here where Chris acquired the nickname ‘Jules’.
Throughout all of this, he still continued to write lyrics and rap for friends and comrades as a hobby, until he decided to take his talent more seriously. He got back in touch with the DJ Academy in Luton and started using their facilities to record and make tracks. After posting a few tracks online and hearing some good positive feedback, in January 2014, Jules decided to invest in his own home recording equipment and started making a mixtape.
He got in touch with various producers and got introduced to other Artists. He made connections with Studios and media teams and after a year and a half of working over army leave and holidays, 117Jules released his debut mixtape; ‘117Jules – Fully Loaded ep’ on 11th July 2015.
Since then 117Jules has achieved airplay for his music on established radio stations like Westside radio 89.6fm, over 150,000 combined song plays on Soundcloud.com. Performed at open mic nights around London and released official music videos online on Youtube and Vevo.
He is now working with other established producers and artists within the industry on projects for the future. 117Jules ultimately wishes to leave the armed forces and be signed to a major label that can help to expose his talent and ability through music, to influence and inspire people all over the world.
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