In the late 1980s, Julie was a student on the Audio Engineering course at University College Salford run by famed producer/engineer of the folk revival Bill Leader (Bert Jansch, Pentangle, Christy Moore, The Dubliners and many more). Upon finishing the course Julie was offered the job of tape-op at the now legendary Strawberry Studios, where she put her studies to practical use. Thrown in at the deep end of studio recording, days were spent mic-ing up the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, nights spent mopping up after the Happy Mondays.
Julie later left Strawberry and went on to become head honcho at Mirage (formerly Pennine Sound Studios) and subsequently The Windings, in addition to freelancing at studios including New Order's Suite 16. These years saw her working with The Charlatans, 808 State, James, Sub Sub, A Guy Called Gerald, Inspiral Carpets, Monaco, Napalm Death, the Vienna Philharmonic, Intastella, The High, Revenge, Marion and Therapy? amongst others.
In 1995 Julie set up a 16 track analogue studio in an old Methodist hall where almost everything recorded there became a fave of John Peel including Mazey Fade (Domino), Prolapse (Cherry Red), Done Lying Down (Abstract Sounds) and her own riot grrrl pop combo Thrush Puppies who signed to short-lived 4AD offshoot Detox Artefacts. In 1997, disenchanted with the music industry, Julie split the Thrush Puppies, closed her studio and went looking to do something else. Music though, has a habit of never letting go. A year later she met Neutral Milk Hotel and fell in love with it all over again. NMH offshoot The Music Tapes stayed at her house using bits of her dismembered studio to finish their 'First Imaginary Symphony For Nomad' album, and she was off again.