There’s something to be said for getting noticed, for standing out from the crowd. Standing out for the right reasons though isn’t always the case. London’s T.Williams is one of those ‘right’ cases, having accomplished a full sweep of merited recognition over the last couple of years. Emerging onto the house scene in 2010 via Tom Lea’s Local Action imprint, T.Williams instantly marked himself as a breakthrough artist with a difference; his unique take on house music turning heads.
Whilst he may appear new to the house scene, Tesfa Williams is far from a newcomer to dance music with a decade of experience behind him in the grime scene as Dread D. Signed at the tender age of 17 to Jon E Cash’s Black Op’s with ‘Invasion’, Williams went on to have mass success in the grime and bass world selling thousands of singles worldwide. After a ten year reign, Williams found himself veering towards the world of house music. With a new found love of house and its sub-genres, T.Williams has since forged a sound signature that blends his grime days, dubstep, bass music and the evolution into house.
With a style that undoubtedly impacts, T.Williams crossover sound has been the catalyst for his success. Disparate and alluring amidst typical house vibes, T.Williams Uk funky sound strikes a note that immediately draws your ear. Not only rife with groove and feeling but meticulously produced and engineered, deep rumbling bass lines collide with the aggressive bounce of dubstep, house vocals bleed through intricate percussion work and calypso swing and African undertones ricochet off hard edged dub. Whilst 2010 yielded the industry to sit up and take notice with productions such as the hit record ‘Heartbeat’ featuring vocalist Terri Walker played extensively worldwide and reaching no.2 as iTunes best dance tracks of the year, it was throughout 2011 that T.Williams defined himself as one of the most successful breakthrough artists to be seen of late.
Releasing solo works on his own Deep Teknologi imprint, Local Action and Pattern, Williams remixes for Maya Jane Coles, Ben Westbeech and Skream were also received with high regard. Not stopping at pricking the ears of fellow artists and those of the dancefloor, the end of 2011 saw T.Williams nominated as ‘Best Breakthrough DJ’ by DJ Mag, named as one of the ‘DJ Stars of 2012’ by Time Out and picked by The Guardian for his Fact Magazine mix as one of their favourites of the year.
Ahead of the game with his productions, T.Williams also defies the conventions of deep house with his DJ sets seen across the UK and Europe as well as his weekly Rinse FM show. With a DJ schedule that spans London, Manchester and Bristol to Amsterdam, Cologne and Lisbon at clubs such as fabric, Mint, Ministry Of Sound, Studio K and The Cosmic Ballroom; T.Williams’ mature and infectious DJing confronts genre limitation whilst never faltering to move the dance floor. With plans for a new label project alongside upcoming releases for Buraka Som Sistema’s Enchufada label and Hypercolour; as well as remixes of Mexican pop startlet Ximena Sarinana, Universal album signed Javeon McCarthy and of Cubenx for Agoria’s Infine imprint, it would seem that 2012 will see T.Williams propel to even further heights.