MOSCA & T. Williams
821 22nd Street
Denver, CO, 80205
Doors 9:00 PM (event ends at 2:00 AM)
This event is 21 and over
We've all read enough artist biographies by now. This is just a little intro to the music I make, the trax I run, and a bit about me.
Long story short, I mostly make and play underground house and techno. I came up on the standard diet of hiphop, jungle, rock and indie, as well as lots of dub reggae, dancehall and world music, so I've got as many influences as anyone else I guess. But it took me a while to figure out what it was about music I love, and really it's just a certain vibe… The shit that grabs me most has always been dark but still sexy, it's deep and emotional but with energy, it's dissonant and experimental and raw but still made for the club, and above all it's got endless groove, it rolls… the direction is always >>>
So that's what I aim for when I'm making tunes or digging for them. I'm a producer first – as in I started producing before I started to DJ – but to be honest I can't really say one or the other is more important to me. I love other people's music too much to ever just play my own trax. But I also love producing, struggling to make that mythical perfect tune, you know? I know it'll probably never happen but that's some kinda guiding light for me. I know I don't put out enough tunes, sorry about that… I'm working on it though. Even after all these years of producing I still feel like the new kid though, I'm still learning about music, and to be honest I hope that never changes.
One other thing to mention – I have a two hour show on BBC Radio 1 where I get in the mix and also bring in some friends and heroes in for guest mixes. This is probably the best way to understand what I've been talking about here…
But anyway I could bang on about music all day so best to stop here. Thanks for reading.
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 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 five 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. 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.
In 2012 two new relationships then came to the fore that propelled Tesfa to greater heights. Firstly, a weekly show on the legendary (and now fully legal) London FM radio station, Rinse FM, that has featured the likes of Jessie Ware, Soul Clap, Luke Solomon, Dusky and Duke Dumont guest; culminating in T mixing Rinse 21, one of the most vital of the renowned mix series yet.
Secondly, Tesfa's relationship with one the hottest labels of the moment, PMR – home to Jessie Ware, Disclosure and Julio Bashmore – began, via his remix of Javeon McCarthy's "Lost Time". The remix was made Record of the Week by BBC Radio 1 breakfast show host Nick Grimshaw, and also picked up plays from Annie Mac, Jaymo & Andy George and Fearne Cotton. From here the relationship blossomed, Tesfa signing to the label exclusively and releasing his debut EP for the label, "Pain & Love" in September 2012, and in the process picking up another ROTW from Grimshaw, and this time plays from 7 different Radio 1 DJs. From their further remixes of major label talent such as Trey Songz, Ximena Sarinana and Lianne La Havas followed, as well as his biggest to date, of "Latch" by Disclosure, which was the 3rd hottest track on Soundcloud, receiving just shy of 100,000 plays.
With a follow up EP, debut album and global touring set for 2013, it would seem that the next 12 months will see T.Williams propelled to yet further heights.
option4 just recently re-located to Denver where he has tried his best to quickly make a positive mark on the electronic dance scene. From becoming the full-time resident of Denver's longest running dance party (Lipgloss) to starting the overwhelmingly successful monthly dance party that has already received national acclaim (TheHundred), option4 looks forward to focusing specifically on production in the coming months. With his upcoming EP "To the Night" set to release August 16th 2012 on VCR records, option4 is something to watch to in the coming year. Delving into a feel that is heavily house influenced with a twinge of darker groove, his release schedule is packed from Summer '12 to Spring '13 on several different labels and collaborations. He also is a BMX enthusiast.