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As an artist, Perry Julien is drawn to the spontaneity and immediacy of the photographic image. He’s photographed live music for four decades and for the last 15 years in Atlanta — and now, he’s sharing his passion with ARTS ATL. The energy projected by his subjects and surroundings is what inspires the images captured through his lens. 

From the raw excitement of live concerts, the tranquility of yoga, the palpable humanity of people on the street to the mysticalness of artistic nude photography, Julien freezes the moments that blend the margins between fantasy and reality. Below are several shots of local musicians that Julien has braved the pits to snap photos of.

You can take Butch Walker out of the South, but you can’t take the South out of Walker. It’s been decades since the pop rocker has lived in Georgia, but his music still has all the flavors ATL is familiar with.

In 1995, Monica debuted with platinum top 10 singles “Don’t Take It Personal” and “Before You Walk Out of My Life.” Since then, the R&B vocalist has kept the momentum going by releasing eight albums, one of which came out this year.

Blackberry Smoke provides Southern-fried rock and is currently touring the United States to promote its latest release, Find A Light.

Clifford Joseph Harris Jr., commonly known as T.I., entered the ATL music scene with a unique blend of Southern hip-hop. Having released 10 albums since 2001, the artist is known as one of many to have popularized the trap music subgenre.

The Coathangers have packed a punk rock punch since 2006, debuting at a small house party in Atlanta. What began as an excuse to come together and make some racket quickly turned into one of the most renowned punk rock groups to come out of this city.

Born André Lauren Benjamin, André 3000 is best known for his time as one half of the hip-hop duo Outcast. Since debuting his solo career in 2004, André 3000 has released several singles and an EP.

Since 2001, Deerhunter has provided a careful blend of folk rock and experimental soundscapes, which continue to push genre boundaries. The group’s most recent album, Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?, continues the boundary-pushing notion while confronting fear and temporality in today’s sociopolitical climate.

Killer Mike and El-P make up the imitable hip-hop duo Run the Jewels. The two have made waves in the local scene and beyond with tracks like “Legend Has It” and “Stay Gold” that have a life beyond the short shelf life that plagues the hip-hop industry.

There’s something humbling about garage rock. Whether it be the feelings of youthful rebellion or the upbeat rhythms, Black Lips capture it all while adding a Southern twist. The group debuted with a self-titled record in 2003 and has been running amok since.

As a founding father of trap music, Gucci Mane’s been carving out the rap genre since 2001 when he released La Flare. Since then, he has curated a long list of musical achievements: dozens of mixtapes, singles, collaborations and several studio albums.

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