An ever-curious and passionate musician, Julien Tassin loves mixing genres, exploring new avenues and trying out different styles.
Originally from Charleroi, Julien discovered music in a family of music lovers. Unconditional fans of the Beatles, his uncles offered him his first guitar at the age of eight, which led him to discover the bluesa few years later. While performing with local groups, he spent his days at the local media library where he discovered jazz.
His love for the music of John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Charles Mingus and so many others gradually diverted him from the classical approach to guitar music. The rhythm, harmonic richnessand freedom of jazz intrigued and fascinated him.
Continuously on the lookout for new inspirations, he entered the Royal Conservatory of Brussels where he studied guitar under Paolo Radoni. Aside from obtaining his degree, he acquired a unique vocabularythat he incorporated into his own musical language.
” – They played two sets of Tassin’s original compositions, of which the style can only be described as occupying the liminal space between rock, blues, punk, jazz and electronic music. The music was raw yet atmospheric, and allowed Tassin to show the true versatility his playing” London Jazz News
An eclectic guitarist, he was first noticed playing with The Crazy Moondog Band alongside bassist Daniel Romeo and musicians such as Eric Legnini, Christophe, Panzani and Rosario Giuliani.
Since 2015, he has toured with two experienced accomplices, veterans of all kinds of musical hybrids: double bassist Nicolas Thysand drummer Dré Pallemaerts. In September 2018 they released their first album together, Sweet Tension for Igloo Records. Co-founder with his cousin of the rock band Run SOFA, Julien is also a solo performer. In fall 2019, he will premier his solo project at BOZAR in Brussels.
All these experiences have allowed him to define a unique style of composition and playingthat borrows as much from blues as it does from jazz and rock.