Meet Harran J. Williams

Born in the country of Trinidad and Tobago, I’m pretty sure I came out of the womb playing drums.  My first exposure to drums outside of pots and pans and a toy drum set that I got when I was very young (and destroyed with a couple of weeks of constant playing) came at the age of six when I played for my Uncle’s church choir.  When I reached middle school my music experience took a different turn when I was asked to play a different instrument.  Since there were so many drummers who signed up for band, I then took up trumpet.  It was then I also started to play the bass guitar since that’s what my dad played.  My mom, who plays the piano and who was a vocal coach, strongly encouraged that I take at least one year of piano.  It was her belief that it would be beneficial to me no matter what instrument I played.  I ended up taking two years of piano lessons which came in handy.

Between 8th grade and 9th grade I was in my first band outside of school called Juvenile Aspiring Musicians or JAM.  In this band I played keys.  We played a couple of local gigs but our biggest gig was at the Mann Music Center in Philadelphia, PA prior to the Philadelphia Orchestra performing that night.  It was also around this time I was introduce to Cakewalk and producing music which was big for me because I was then getting into computers and the idea of combining music and computers was life changing in my mind.

By the time I graduated high school, I was able to play the trombone, tuba, french horn, guitar, most non-melodic and melodic percussion instruments like the xylophone, congas, timpani, and others.  By the way, yes I was that guy who was in concert band, marching band, jazz band, and pit orchestra.

Fast forward to after college where I began to play drums in music gigs in local/community theaters, private parties, weddings and bar/bat mitzvahs.  I “relearned” bass guitar and began to teach myself jazz piano.  I also now am working on doing more producing of music.  My interests are sort of all over the place but I gravitate a lot to hip hop, dubstep, fusion jazz, gospel, and rock.