Richard “R.J.” Julia is the drummer of Midtown Social, bringing the driving backbone with a funk feel. Julia co-founded MTS in 2013 with a community-minded, socially-aware vision. Growing up, Julia listened to Motown on road trips with his family stacked in a Mazda B52 across the Southwest. He honed his chops in DrumCorps, a classical background that lends structure to his expressive style. Julia’s voice is influenced by Afrobeat and Jazz greats like Tony Allen and Elvin Jones, but with his own timely instinct. With MTS’s self-titled album release and tour, Julia looks to create a positive space for unity and love to shine.