Julian Vogels is known as the technical co-founder at Soundbrenner, where he developed the wearable music accessories Soundbrenner Pulse and Core, which shape musicians’ practice habits worldwide. Recently he has transitioned out of Soundbrenner to pursue a career in clean tech. He is one of the first generation of IHK-certified transformation managers in sustainable culture and an active member of Music Declares Emergency Germany, a climate movement inside the music industry. In his free time Julian enjoys the Berlin music scene, plays the drums or goes bouldering.
Soundbrenner is a music technology company which integrates great design, hardware and software into a user experience which helps musicians master their craft.
Heading all operations and management at the German subsidiary, including preparatory accounting, wages accounting, contracts and funding applications, representation and events.
Preparation and management of all aspects (operations, logistics, artists) at conference "Time Forms: The Temporalities of Aesthetic Experience" at McGill University and Centre Phi, Montréal.
Development of the Montreal Sound Map iPhone Application in collaboration with Prof. Eric Lewis (Music Philosophy) of McGill University and Max Stein of Concordia University. The iOS app enables the creation of field recordings, to upload them to a server, as well as to visualize and time filter, as well as to replay existing recordings on a virtual map.
Top 10% (Hons.)
Specialization: Startups, Statistical Analysis, Blockchain
GPA: 3.95 (Hons.)
Specialization: Digital Musical Instrument Design. More information on my thesis website: Harmonica-inspired digital musical instrument design based on an existing gestural performance repertoire.
Specialization: Computer Science, Audio. Graduated with honors.
In my limited free time I am rock climbing, drumming, or tinkering with electronics. As an active member of Music Declares Emergency Germany I am organizing the international exchange and participate in declarer acquisition and networking activities. I also founded the Musical Instrument Maker Meetup Berlin with over 200 members, where we used to build modern custom musical instruments (before the pandemic).
I enjoy cooking and sustainable traveling to as many places as I can fit in a lifetime. I was born in Germany, lived in Togo, West Africa, Montréal, Québec/Canada, and Hong Kong. I am fluent in German, English and French. I am holding myself accountable by living a conscious lifestyle. I am vegetarian and don't own a car, avoid traveling by plane and consume little. However, nobody is perfect and I am tolerating the paradox while actively working towards a better future.
In the context of people management, I'd describe myself as a thorough and empathetic leader. I focus on the big picture and work on technical issues that cause the most pain, not evading them. While I want things to get done, I don't work my engineers to the bone. I will fire brilliant jerks, because team health is more important than the output of one engineer. I apply cultural intelligence to conflicts in international teams. I motivate and keep work fun. If an employee underperforms, it can only be because they need training and/or mentorship, which can be solved in most cases.
Julian spoke at various occasions, for example at re:publica, the Chaos Computer Camp, London Business School, HS Ansbach, HS Ostwestfalen-Lippe, Bosch, Evonik.