Musician, visual artist, and performance artist Hetzel works with a mixture of theater, music, and media. He was born in Germany's Black Forest, studied visual communications at the Bauhaus University in Weimar (he completed his studies in 2008), and received a master's degree from the DasArts laboratory for new forms of theater and performance art in 2013. Today, he lives and works in Utrecht. All his works have been the result of international collaboration, and they have all been presented in various countries. Julian is also a founding member of the electro-pop group, the Pentatones.