Deep Teknologi record label founder T.Williams is the quality music maker perfectly blending house and garage together to create smooth, pulse-raising, reggae-licked riddims.
Changing the very face of the underground electronic music scene, T. Williams used to create and perform under the moniker Dread D. Williams. Today he prefers to keep things simple as T. Williams, chopping and screwing obscure beats into epic sets. Ingeniously educated in the art of understanding exactly what it takes to get a good tune off the ground, Williams is well acquainted with every breaking artist, before their hype drops. Remixing for the likes of Maya Jane Coles, Breach, Skream and Tesfa, Williams thought he’d add i-D to his star-studded list and dropped us an exclusive mix, before coming by the i-D HQ to chat about his life and times.
“One day in my life consists of having my head down in the studio at the best of times. First thing’s first, I wake up and turn my laptop on before I have even got out of bed. Most mornings there will probably be a lovely email from my manager requesting me to do something similar to this. Once I have attempted to get through the emails weeding out the urgent and non urgent, I move on to download any new music I find in my inbox. It is all admin before I get out of bed.
Whilst having breakfast and getting ready to go to the studio, which is in Wembley, North-West London, I will have an iTunes playlist of fresh music playing, stopping to add stars beside tracks I find particularly interesting. Once I have got through this pile of admin, I then make my way to studio. On the way to the studio I play yesterday’s projects and ideas, also slip in some demos for the label. Those are always interesting. Once at the studio I begin work trying to make sure I do no more than 4 hours in a row before I have a break. I’m currently working on a vocal project for PMR which should be with us over the coming months.
So at the moment I am working to deadlines, which is fine as it gives a strong structure to my day. In between doing these serious projects, I throw ideas down in Logic as they come to me. It happens all the time, I’ll be working on one thing then an idea for a new track pops into my head, so I’ll just abandon the current project for an hour or so to get the idea down and add notes so I know where I was going with it. Maybe even hum a little loop into my iPhone, that always helps when I come back to the track. I tend to try and only do 8hrs then begin to make my way home, but I have spent many days in the studio from 10am one morning to 7am the following. If I feel like I have done enough work for one day when I get home I call it a night and look forward to starting the whole process again the next day.
RBMA take over The Nest in Dalston on Sunday 8th April. Catch T Williams, MJ Cole, Wookie, Elijah & Skilliam and loads more between 7pm and 4am.
T.Williams ‘Can We’ EP is out now on Enchufada
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Text: Milly McMahon