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Mr. Elorduy: The Melody Man

We all know Mr. Julian Elorduy ’03 as the religion teacher who carries around a guitar. But do you really know how important music is to him?  Mr. Elorduy’s career in music started when he was just 10 years old when he wrote his first song about a tree.  “I have just always had an […]

We all know Mr. Julian Elorduy ’03 as the religion teacher who carries around a guitar. But do you really know how important music is to him? 

Mr. Elorduy’s career in music started when he was just 10 years old when he wrote his first song about a tree. 

“I have just always had an interest in music, especially guitar, and just listening to my mother’s Beatles records and things like that,” he says. 

While attending Sutter Middle School, he encountered a band of skaters called The Trailer Park Boys who inspired him to pursue music further.

“We would have bands play on the quad and I would just get really excited about it,” the musician says.

When he entered high school, his passion for music expanded. Fueled by this growing passion for music, he started a band with his circle of friends.

“I joined my first band when I was 16 years old, responding to an ad at the Old Capitol Garage that was across the street from Capitol Park,” the religion teacher says.

His relationship with music broadened to new horizons beyond high school. At UC Davis, he was able to participate in a radio show for KDVS 90.3 FM, which only led him to greater things in the music industry. 

He was in a band called Mayyors and traveled up and down the west coast playing shows and self -released a bunch of music when living in San Francisco after college. From then on, he realized a career in music was something he was going to do.

“It’s just one of those things where you feel like you have something you just need to do,” he says passionately. 

He realized that without playing music, he was not being himself. Music is a part of Mr. Elorduy and something he needs to continue with in life.

“If you don’t do it, you are not exercising a part of your being,” he says.

He believes very strongly to have a balance and a creative outlet that allows him to be able to express himself in different ways.

“It’s a different way of keeping a diary or journal of maintaining a history or parts of my life,” the musician says.

His love for music continues on today, as he is currently part of a band called Julian Never, a group he started because he had a bunch of songs from the last five years of him living in San Francisco.

The band name Julian Never has some hidden meaning behind it. At the end of the movie The Bling Ring, a character reveals what a scoundrel she is and tells them to visit a website, blank- blank forever. 

“[The name is] just kind of angsty,” he said proudly. 

Recently he has showed his talents at the Press Club and Harlow’s. He continues to spread his music through out Sacramento playing at local venues. Julian Never has been a way for Mr. Elorduy to have reach people in a different way. 

“I have parts in my life that are quiet and shy, and it is a way for me to connect with people”, Mr. Elorduy says.

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