Squeeze Rock is the moniker and genre tag of the musical styles of Julian
"Julz-A" Hintz. Squeeze Rock is an Accordion alternative; Julz-A sings and
raps while playing the Squeeze Box. The sound can be compared to such
rapping proliferations as Beck, Outkast, Primus, and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Julz-A uses the accordion as a central figure in the rock riffs of his
songs. The Squeeze Rock sound is fundamentally alternative rock music with
influences ranging from Hip-Hop to Western Classical music, while even
leaving room for the world music of the instrument. Squeeze Rock pushes the
envelope in how we hear melodic guitar-driven music. Using production
methods that alter the way we listen to hip-hop and rapping with a musical
laboratory of raw accordion polyphony. The presentation is simple and
rooted in the pop sounds of the current century, but the use of accordion
pushes this eclectic sound into the unique realm that only Squeeze Rock can
The longest membership with any one project for Julian "Julz-A" Hintz has
been Terry Dame¹s Electric Junkyard Gamelan, in which he has performed as
the rapping Julz-A while also employing his expert percussion skills. His
accordion projects started in early 2001 among the NYC based Japanese punk
rock outfits of Dynamite Club and Peelander-Z. After many mutations and
experiments, Julz-A finally arrived at the focus of a solo project with the
release of his Squeeze Rock EP, and later with his follow up Squeeze Right
Julz-A has performed as a soloist on national television at the world famous
Apollo Theater on the same bill as Whoopi, Chingy and Ray Chew. He also
performed with Ray Chew And The Crew at the un-televised Amateur Night At
The Apollo show. Julz-A advanced to the semi-finals of the 2008
Williamsburg Live Songwriter Competition performing his song "Fortified."
He has opened for Eliza Gilkyson, Qui, and Northern State among others.
Julz-A received an honorable mention for The Billboard World Song Contest in
2006 with his song "Burning Bellows" and in 2005 with his song "I Tried,"
featured on the Squeeze Rock EP, as well as honorable mentions for the We
Are Listening Singer/Songwriter Awards 2006 with his songs "Where?" and
"Sunset Time." Besides the Apollo appearances, notable Julz-A performances
include appearances at Atlantis 10th Anniversary 2007, MMC11 2007, NXNE
2006, Celebrate Brooklyn 2005, The Rock Accordion Summit of New York and
Providence 2005, The CalArts West Goes East Festival 2005, The Rock
Accordion Summit of Philadelphia 2004, and The CMJ Music Marathon in 2002.