It was only by a friend’s introduction to a modern pop album that Brooklyn-based Julius decided to shift focus from classical music to a sound of his own creation — mixing classical techniques with pop and hip hop. The Yale graduate was the first student in decades to accelerate through simultaneous undergraduate and master’s degree programs in music composition, hearing his work performed by major symphonies, and earning numerous international prizes. However, now he’s carving a new path in music, allowing his voice to be heard and catching listeners off guard with his raw emotion. “Falling On Hard Times” is an elegant but emotionally destructive song that serves as an introduction to a potential superstar. Fall in love with Julius below.