About three years ago, Torin Alston, Danlee Gildersleeve, Todd Davis and Sean Meehan came together to form JULIA., a Chapel Hill-based alternative blues-rock band turned "funk foursome." The band just finished recording their latest album in Asheville. Staff writer Ben McEntire sat down with Davis and Meehan to talk funk, flow and the evolution of the group.
The Daily Tar Heel: Can you tell me a little bit about how you found each other and the origins of the band?
Sean Meehan: The band has theoretically been around since about 2016, but it started off as a side project for Danlee, the guitar player, and me. We were in this other band at the time that was a fairly heavy metal band. JULIA. started as an alternative blues-rock project initially. We pushed that for a little bit and the other band sort of fell apart. Probably three years ago we started to get really serious and push it a little more. We began by trying to figure out what we wanted the sound to be, which initially had been kind of all over the place because we didn’t know what wanted. Then we kind of zeroed in on funk. I think about two and a half years ago we decided to look for a new vocalist and we got Torin to come in, and we started to solidify as a funk-rock band. About two years ago we got Todd to join.
DTH: Did the band originate in the Chapel Hill area?
Meehan: Initially the band was formed around Wake Forest, North Carolina, for like a year. It became a Chapel Hill band when I came here for school and we all moved up this way and picked up people around here. I met Todd at UNC through Carolina Jams (a UNC student organization for musicians).