Updated: May 25
If I didn’t already know Chris Ju was a musician, I would have known from his style: bright, backward, yellow hat slightly raised and off-center, muted-pink sweatshirt over a white T-shirt, all tied together with a short silver chain.
Every musician I’ve ever met has this effortless cool, as if style is a natural side-effect of what happens when someone chooses to pursue art – a choice that bleeds into all other choices, every fiber of their life seeming to say they’re not just marching to the beat of their own drum, but to a beat they’re creating.
Chris makes beats and produces music, which he’s done for artists like Tyga, Snoop Dogg, Joyner Lucas, B.o.B, and Inspectah Deck of Wu-Tang Clan.
Most of his instruments live on the computer: there’s one right above a long keyboard edged in gold and two to the right of his at-home recording studio...