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Guitarist / composer / songwriter /// Progressive rock / metal
Julia’s debut EP “Springs Of Time” (released on 22 April 2013) features Derek Sherinian (ex-Dream Theater, Planet X, Black Country Communion, Billy Idol) as a special guest on keyboards, Marco Minnemann (The Aristocrats, Paul Gilbert, Steven Wilson) and Brian Tichy (ex-Whitesnake, S.U.N.) on drums and Chris Buck, Michael Devin (Whitesnake, S.U.N.) and Rufus Philpot (Planet X, S. Henderson) on bass.
Bringing the spotlight back onto instrumental rock, Julia has been called by fans “… an alien sent down to represent the last several decades of music…” paying justice to Julia’s music inspired by a wide range of influences from Jeff Beck to Steve Vai.
Julia’s expressive “emotions to the sound” performances along with her powerful sound and amazing technical abilities – one would not expect from a girl - have gained her multiple awards and recognition at international guitar festivals. Versatility and freedom of creation have been the key for developing Julia’s sound and touch.
With her main focus currently being on instrumental melodic / progressive rock / metal, Julia works in various styles, both as performer and composer, with her unique touch, groove and talent for writing catchy melodies.
Julia is one of the few russian born musicians gaining worldwide recognition and focusing on international career.
In 2012 Julia has become the first guitarist from Russia to get worldwide endorsements for LAG Guitars and Hughes & Kettner amps. Also in 2012 I was featured in Guitar World and Music Legends magazines.
2013 started off rockin’ with Julia’s performance at the NAMM Show Main Stage.
“Springs Of Time” EP Digital download, Digipack Limited Edition and exclusive merchandize is available in Julia’s Official music & merch store www.Julyrecords.com, downloads are also available worldwide on iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby, Bandcamp and other digital stores. At JulyRecords.com CDs and merch include free immediate download of the new “Springs Of Time” EP and signed photos via email.
Julia Kosterova: “Springs of Time” is a blend of melodic hard rock and progressive metal. I had a predominant melodic hard rock background in the past, and 2010- 2011 have become a turning point in my writing with a lot of conceptual prog suites. For the debut release I have chosen the best of my two worlds: power riffs and catchy melodies generously spiced with ‘progressive’ sophistication. This is more than a guitar instrumental album. As a composer and producer I did my best to avoid solo shred concept in the favor of elaborate compositions, contrasting parts and instruments dialogue. And I am proud and grateful to have some of the greatest musicians making it happen. There are more songs ready to be recorded and I’m willing to make the whole album at the same high level and even better.”