music for misfits

Juc [Jut͡s] is the first solo project of Julia Bencker from Munich. In addition to a classical piano education and a childhood as a studio singer, she has already had some regional success with her former band, the Balkanauten (headlining shows at festivals, appearances on Bayerischer Rundfunk and at the Oktoberfest).

Even though she loves live performances and handmade music (she also works as a classical alto), her heart actually beats for much darker and especially electronic sounds. She gave musical expression to this melancholic side of her emotional world for the first time at the end of 2019 with her debut EP Hello, my name is. With her music for misfits, she has dedicated herself to the mission of creating a creative playground for her listeners, where no one has to compromise to belong.

Juc cites electronic acts like Moderat, Polynation, Kiasmos and Trentemøller as influences, but also bands like Archive, Haelos and London Grammar.

Her latest release, Ritual, was released on 29.01.2021 on Bandcamp and all streaming platforms.

“Electronic music appeals to me because of its structure and the possibility to break it. For me, true freedom is only possible with a clear scope of action. Without rules, there’s nothing to align yourself to – and nothing to position yourself against. The absence of scope means the absence of choice – and who are we if we’re not able to choose our own fate?”

juc live - lockdown edition

With 12 female artists of all genres, RAKETEREI founder Imke Machura organised a festival over the Easter weekend 2020. The aim was to make female musicians visible and promote them during the German COVID 19 lockdown.

Our audience participated exclusively digitally via Zoom. Together we celebrated ourselves and the feminine in music. I was allowed to close the first evening as headliner – my very first concert with Juc!