UAE Band Juliana Down Signs International Deal
Juliana Down, the critically acclaimed UAE
rock band based and shortlisted nominee for Best in Dubai 2011, has secured its
first international management deal having signed with Above and Beyond Middle
The five-piece band consists of Dia
Hassan (vocals), Sari Ramadan (guitar), Andrew Gibson (bass), Lionel Fernandes
(keyboards) and James Sinclair (drums). Hello, boys!
to Fame for Juliana Down
So, who are AABME? Above and Beyond
Middle East is based in here with offices in Dubai, but has a significant
international presence with branches in London and representation in LA; Juliana
Down’s deal with them will secure a sharp rise to fame for the Dubai-based band
who are already enjoying a huge wave of success following their breakthrough
deal with Sony Music Middle East in March (2011) and the release of their
chart-topping album, Empires.
Drummer James Sinclair adds, “We’re
delighted to have signed with AABME - we think that this partnership represents
a significant step on the road to the international exposure we feel we are
ready for. Having played some big gigs in the region and enjoyed success with Empires
we can’t wait to take the JD sound into Europe and North America.”
Fans with Maroon 5
Control, the second single from Empires,
was released over the summer and is being played on heavy rotation on a number
of UAE radio stations. The video for the song was filmed when the band opened
for Maroon 5 in Dubai in front of 10,000 enthusiastic fans and is destined for
major airplay around the region and beyond.
In November, the band has been invited
to perform on the main stage at the Abu Dhabi Yasalam festival and is scheduled
to play a number of gigs throughout winter. In the new year the band are
planning to head back into the studio to record some fresh material, much of
which is already taking shape and will be debuted at various gigs in the coming
months. The band and their new management team are also planning a number of
ventures in the US and UK.
Want to see this band scoop the Best In
Dubai 2011 award? You can cast your vote for Juliana Downs here.