The first time you tune into JuliJane’s Twitch channel, you may immediately become mesmerized by the spinning penguin, zebra cat and SpongeBob. Or you might find comfort in watching the little white kitten cartoon hanging out with you on screen. Or maybe you’ll just relax and enjoy the room full of dance floor lighting.
Or better yet, you may actually notice the DJane and how much she loves the music, what she does, and how she wants you to enjoy the tunes too, along with the feelings and vibes she creates.
Hailing from Bochum, Germany, JuliJane started her DJane career in the spring of 2014 and started streaming live sets on Twitch in January 2019. While you’ll hear a mix of techno, tech house, and psytrance, she prefers to say she doesn’t play music genres, but feelings instead. Her sets are entirely driven by her personal feelings and her desire to be authentic on camera, creating a personal vibe that’s all her and hopes her audience latches onto that and experiences the music the same way she does. If you like where she takes you, then she’s happy!
When she’s not performing on Twitch or at events, she’s a computer programmer and Linux system administrator. These skills definitely came in handy seeing as how she built the custom computer system that now runs her live streaming rig.
To top it all off, she’s also pursuing her love of music production, learning the tools and plugins required to compose and create her own dance tracks, which you can find on SoundCloud.
She is certainly a force in the DJane world that you’ll want to keep an eye on.
STL: What music got you started as a DJ?
JJ: Techno. I have been listening to it since I first heard “U96 – Das Boot” (which was usually called Techno even though it is arguably not) on the radio in 1991. However I didn’t find my way to the techno scene until the summer of 2013 when I attended my first outdoor (illegal) techno party. I immediately got soaked up by the scene. Then in early 2014 witnessed the first gigs of another local female DJ. That inspired me to try it out myself.
STL: What is your preferred music genre(s) to spin/mix?
JJ: Techno 🙂 But realistically I enjoy lots of music and most “four-on-the-floor” sounds, except for “big room house” and similar genres. In addition to techno and tech house, my other biggest love is psytrance, but I don’t spin it often because I don’t have many psytrance tracks in my library.
STL: What is your favorite stream you have done?
JJ: That is hard to say. I like the streams I do on Christmas Eve. In Germany, Christmas Eve is celebrated already, so a special holiday crowd comes to Twitch after the festivities are done. Other nice memories include the first stream I did as a Twitch partner and the stream where I received two huge raids in short succession and had over 600 viewers for a while, with over 400 of those choosing to stay for hours more.
STL: What made you become the DJane you are today?
JJ: The school of hard knocks. And the viewers.
STL: What is your favorite meal?
JJ: No such thing.
STL: Who do you inspire to be most like?
JJ: I strive to be myself. Many people describe me as “authentic” and that is a huge compliment for me. At the same time, my passion for the music does leave me longing for the success some other DJs and producers have.
STL: Who else in your family is a musician?
JJ: No one.
STL: How would you describe the energy in your streams and chat?
JJ: Despite the techno sounds, which can be quite “banging”. I love that my viewers are a little family and my chat a place to relax and chill. Some viewers use it for concentration or to make their work day more fun. I keep these things in mind and try to play and share my music (feelings) without being obtrusive.
STL: What is your favorite drink?
JJ: No favorite really, but I do drink a lot of cola and iced sweetened milk coffee.
STL: How much has Twitch changed over the COVID-19 lockdown for you?
JJ: Personally, I probably would not have made it to Twitch Partner without Covid-19, which led to a welcomed increase in viewer numbers. On the other hand, it has made DJing on Twitch much more competitive, reduced the chance of success for newcomers, drew in an influx of people motivated by money and big names who have been crushing the Twitch DJ scene. In my opinion, it has caused lots of issues, resulting in the Twitch music scene to lose part of its soul.
STL: What is your biggest change since becoming a Twitch DJ?
JJ: I now can play regularly in front of sizable “crowds”, and I even get some income out of it. It has also impacted my self-esteem and given me the confidence and confirmation that I truly am talented after having been dismissed for years by other local DJs.
STL: If you could give any advice to a new Twitch streamer, what would it be?
JJ: Do something different than the others do. Do what you want to do, not what you believe could be successful. Viewers can sense if a streamer is not genuine. And foremost: Just start streaming. Now. You will regret not having started earlier.
STL: How do you think things will change as lockdowns end and venues start to come back?
JJ: I assume that many big name DJs and those who are in it for the money and/or fame will leave, and I think that will be good for those who choose to keep streaming on Twitch for the right reasons.
STL: As a music producer, is it more of a hobby or do you have bigger plans/dreams for your music? If so, what are they?
JJ: It would be awesome to be able to make a living from my music, but I am also realistic enough to know that the chance is extremely small. I still have a lot to learn and my production skills need a lot more refinement and experience. 🙂 But I would love to play at least once in front of thousands of people though.