A Few Williams is an ongoing musical project by wandering musical minstrel Ollie Mansell, who is currently a fish out of his beloved Mancunian waters while living in Sydney, Australia.
He has been producing a variety of musical genres under a number of different guises for around 7 years, and has DJed regularly in and around Manchester for the last 5. With his frequent collaborator, confidant, and general compadre Ben Revel he started and ran a successful club night called Stomping Ground, which was 'bloody ace', 'a marvel', 'messy' and 'shit' depending on whom you asked (me, Ben, me, and everybody else, respectively). Only joking, it wasn't (and isn't) shit.
Stomping Ground held down a number of residencies, most recently (and successfully) in the brick-lined halls of Red Rum, in Fallowfield, South Manchester. It also put on a series of now-legendary Boat Parties on the famous Manchester ship canals, with an array of fantastic guests such as Sax Offender, Chris Kemsley from Lovers and Gamblers, and Micron resident AO.
However, for the present, the Days of the Stomp have been consigned to the rear-view... not forever of course, but until geography permits more involvement.
Since relocating to the southern hemisphere and away from his musical heritage / aural support system (not to mention affordable nightlife) he has turned his hand away from club orientated sounds, in the direction of everything else. The purpose of the A Few Williams project is to focus these efforts and explore some new sonic avenues!
He makes music primarily on Cockos Reaper, partly out of respect for any group that names a legitimate company 'Cockos', but mainly because its one of the very few pieces of top quality music software that the manufactures have made affordable for bedroom producers.