Desmond Williams

Desmond Williams

Desmond Williams is an American electronica musician, as well as a record producer and was the chief sound engineer for the Eighteenth Street Lounge Music record label. Born in Jamaica and raised in Montclair, New Jersey, Williams has been known for his remixing and producing style.

In 1993, Williams began working with the legendary reggae/dub engineer, Scientist. Together, they did a great deal of experimentation with new digital audio techniques, as well as mixing live events for such artists as Third World, Supercat, Freddie MacGregor, etc. In 1995, they co-produced an album for the renown Sugar Minott entitled "International" for RAS Records.

In 2000, Desmond was hired by Thievery Corporation to work with their fledgling studio. Desmond performed many tasks for Thievery Corporation and the label, ESL Music. He was the head engineer, co-producer for many of Thievery Corporations tracks, played bass, guitar, and or keyboards for most of the tracks on the Thievery albums, "Mirror Conspiracy" and "Outernationalist", and was responsible for basic production work on many of the Thievery remixes.

In 2000, Williams created his initial EP, Theme from a Dream. In 2002, he released his debut album, Delights of the Garden. After leaving ESL Music in 2003, Williams co-founded the Washington, D.C. based Rhythm & Culture Recordings record label with then partner, Farid Ali. He released an EP entitled East West Highway, and collaborated with Philip Brooks, formerly of Avatars of Dub, to form a group called Browntempo (a phrase he coined to describe their music). Browntempo had one release on Rhythm & Culture Recordings before the label folded in 2005.

In 2008 Desmond Williams collaborated with Midnite and released a cd titled Kayamagan.

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