Julien-K has quite the ambition during its summer touring schedule.
The California-based electronic band is joining the Revolution 3 tour as a special guest with alternative rock stars Bush, Stone Temple Pilots and The Cult at 6:30 p.m. July 20 at Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center.
In between, Julien-K is headlining its own tour in between, with dates at smaller concert venues.
“It’s going to as hectic as you can get. We’re going to play almost every day,” Julien-K lead singer Ryan Shuck said. “Athletically, it’s going to be extremely challenging, but it’s going to be awesome. We’re going to be headlining our own tour along with playing on a giant tour with awesome bands we’re huge fans of and friends with. Our own shows are going to be more intense because we’re going to play 15 songs with full production.”
Julien-K was formed by Shuck and Amir Derakh, founders of the band Orgy.
“We occupied the charts as Orgy at the same time as Stone Temple Pilots and Bush,” Shuck said. “I think a lot of those fans are going to like Julien-K, not just because the music is an evolution of what we were doing in Orgy, but we often play Orgy songs to remind people who we are and give them something they know. I think people usually put two and two together. The biggest amount of our fans come from that Orgy fan base.”
Shuck and Derakh released their first album as Julien-K in 2009 and officially left Orgy in 2010.
In 2010, Shuck and Derakh also released an album with Chester Bennington of Linkin Park under the name Dead by Sunrise. Bennington committed suicide July 20, 2017.
Bennington was the lead singer for Dead by Sunrise.
“We’re going to play a memorial in Milan and there’s a very strong chance we are going to play in Las Vegas honoring Chester and raising money for a charity for people with mental health (issues) and (for) suicide prevention,” Shuck said. “It’s hugely important to me, and I have a feeling we are going to be part of something. We have to keep alive the work that he did on Dead by Sunrise and keep that fire and flame protected.”
Shuck said he had the same issues as Bennington.
“I am an alcoholic and I have clinical depression,” he said.