Williams grew up in a musical family and has been surrounded by instruments his entire life. He said that he’s always been “compulsively listening to music” and surrounding himself with instruments.
During high school, he and a friend played around with freestyle rap and made mixtapes. At Butler University, Williams was able to record his first tracks at a recording studio on campus.
As one can imagine, having a teacher that makes his own music is a pretty unique experience. Williams says that while some students don’t care all that much, most are interested in how he balances his work with being a local musician.
Unfortunately, there are not many role models to look up to that are able to keep working on their artistic passion while maintaining a more traditional job. Williams finds that the general message right now is that “as you get older you have to stop doing the things you did when you were younger.” He says it’s entirely possible to make time for the things you love as you get older while keeping up with your responsibilities.
Last year, Williams began creating a playlist for Black History Month, and he partnered with Fishers Parks this year to curate the 2021 Fishers Black History Month playlist, as well. The playlist is a compilation of Black artists who have made an impact on the Black community. Williams said he wanted to show these artists in full, not just as one hit song. He says that too many times artists are flattened and that especially in Black history, it’s important “to have a more dynamic understanding.”
Along with listening to the playlist, be sure to follow him on Instagram for daily posts this month celebrating Black heritage and culture.
Cassidy Robertson is the Community Engagement and PR Intern for the City of Fishers and has been with the city for four months. She enjoys shopping and eating local in downtown Fishers, and in her spare time, she loves working on puzzles and reading a good book. She also enjoys playing with her three dogs and loves watching Fishers continue to develop both as an economic and social hub.