The Texas Party Scene has been on the rise lately, and with that comes new ways to discover this incredible music scene. My previous blog posts have covered students at the University of Texas and students at Rice University. This time I bring you a group of 20-somethings from Houston showcasing their growth into adulthood, as well as their love for music.
As a blogger with an eye on the Texas party scene, I came across Ken Julian through his Instagram account. He has a following of around 4,000 and is growing daily by sharing photos from parties he goes to in Houston and Austin. In addition to providing beautifully done photos, Ken has also given an inside look into the events he goes to. This gives his followers a chance to see what is going on behind closed doors – quite literally. Each party photograph taken by him can be tagged with their location and provides all of his followers access to these exclusive parties around Texas where they might not otherwise have gone or known about in the first place.
I had a chance to talk with Ken about his rise as an Instagram influencer in the Texas music scene. He was eager for the opportunity to speak on what he has done, where he is going, and how this all happened – almost by accident.
My name is Ken Julian. I’m currently 21, and I grew up in Spring, Texas, which is just outside of Houston, but I moved to Houston about a year and a half ago.
After my freshman year in college at the University of Texas-San Antonio (UTSA), it was time for me to move from home and start living life independently, away from my parents. So I started looking for a place to stay near UTSA and came across a listing on Craigslist for an apartment in the Montrose area of Houston that was very cheap. It had a room available, so I took it.
When I moved to Houston, I planned to focus on school and sort out everything else later. Instead, in May of 2014, I started looking at apartments in the area when I graduated and began my career. Moving once every year or two is not as uncommon as you would think.
I’m a big fan of Hip-hop music and have been since I was about 10, so most of my social life usually surrounded that genre of music. So that’s why it was so weird when I started attending house parties in November of 2014, and they had no hip-hop.
Recently I began following a few people on Instagram who posted photos from some big music festivals and DJ events like Electronic Daisy Carnival (EDC) in Las Vegas. They used some sort of filter while posting the pictures to make them look like they were taken in the ’70s. So I did some research on how these filters worked and picked up a few tricks myself.
I started posting pictures of events that I went to, and my friends thought they looked pretty cool. They suggested that I begin thinking about posting my photos online so other people could see them. I was hesitant at first because it wasn’t something I thought of as a possibility, but after seeing my friends’ success who had posted pictures on Instagram, I decided to give it a try.
That’s when I created an Instagram account and started uploading some photos from parties that my friends and I attended at Fitzgerald’s in Houston near the University of Houston. The images started getting likes and comments – not a lot, but enough to keep me wanting more. That’s when I decided that I would give Instagram a full-on shot at becoming an influencer.
One of the first parties I attended after creating my Instagram account was a place called Aura on Washington Avenue in Houston. I knew that it would be a prime location to take photos since the club is very well known and has been in the news quite often as a hot spot for celebrities. A lot of my friends from high school live in Houston, so I reach out to them all the time to see if they know any parties or clubs where we can go out. Two of my friends hooked me up with tickets to this party, and it was actually one of the artists at that party – Riff Raff – who I took a photo with that started getting me more followers on Instagram.
It’s been crazy from there. People love my Insta and all the party scenes that I post from all over the country. I recently flew to Dallas for a week to do an entire thing on how many parties I could hit up in one weekend. It was about ten or so, and the response to that set is still growing today because of it.
I’m not one for drinking and drugs – I never have been, but I like being around the party scene and observing what comes with that culture. A lot of people have asked me if I prefer clubs or house parties, but I like them both – it is all about a vibe and where you feel most comfortable.”
In closing, Ken that this to say:
“If you’re looking for a party scene, don’t sleep on Texas! We can go toe to toe with NYC or Los Angeles any night of the week!”