About Julia Lewis
Benjamin Falik is ambivalent about the idea of personal fame. That's one reason the producer, songwriter/producer chose the name Julia Lewis as a professional pseudonym: "It's little bit of smoke and mirrors," admits Falik, a Berkeley native. "I like playing with people's expectations."
That drive to upend the expected is a through line in Falik's work, as his reputation for making soulful, rhythmic bops -- emotional, human productions and remixes that blend hip-hop and electronic elements with a shot of his first love, jazz -- has spread throughout the Bay Area and beyond. In 2018, Falik earned a co-sign from Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds at the RnB legend’s inaugural songwriting camp in LA. In addition, Falik has been selected as a producer/writer for the prestigious song workshop, Secret Genius Los Angeles.
Falik grew up in a house full of music. His mother was a violinist and classical pianist; her father had been a violinist as well; and both of his sisters picked up the piano as children. Their younger brother soaked up the sounds and rewards of rigorous practice. There was, he says, a lot of Chopin.
Falik, for his part, studied jazz as a young teen, playing saxophone, bass, guitar and piano. Branching out into classic funk and R&B, the young musician eventually gravitated toward the experimentation of futuristic RnB and the urgency of hip-hop, insistent that he shouldn’t have to choose between Miles Davis and Mobb Deep.
The result is an impressive range: a drive for beats that are both soothing and surprising; a playful approach to blending the electronic and analog; an ear for obscure samples, digital synths and warm, old-school horns. It’s a confident style all his own, one that’s made him the go-to producer/ for singers like Joyce Wrice, Bosco, and Duckwrth – as well as rap artists like Rexx Life Raj, G-Eazy, Yung Pinch & Caleborate. "Handheld GPS," which he produced for Raj's debut LP Father Figure, has racked up 6 million plays on Spotify in the year since its release. Falik's talents as a live performer and DJ are equally diverse and in demand: In 2017 he opened for Too $hort, Dam Funk and Tennyson.
Upcoming releases from Falik include a late-2018 EP, as well as a continued stream of singles including artists like, Lil B, Maurice Moore, Guapdad 4000, and Gemaine and producers like Ryan Hemsworth, Drew Banga, and Mr. Carmack.