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The word is definitely out about this immensely talented deep house, down tempo, dirty disco and broken beat producer who URB magazine dubbed “A funkier Naked Music.” Jay Williams is jAswhO? (pron. Jase – hoo), a multifaceted musician (keyboards, guitar, bass player), accomplished producer, innovative performer and degree-certified audio engineer. His multi-instrumental prowess has led to frequent collaborations with a range of producers and artists; his previous discography reads like a who’s-who (or is that who’s Who?) of dope underground labels.

Williams came up with his distinctive moniker in 1989. He was a graffiti writer, and every wall he bombed he signed with a different first-name abbreviation, such as JasWhat?, JasHow?, JasWhy?, before settling on his current performance and recording title.

Inspired by UK garage imports in 1999 and 2000, as well as his friendships with Imperial Dub recordings’ Dubtribe and others in the vibrant SF house scene, Williams released his first single for Soulmine in 2001 titled “Raw House Vol 1.”

Williams’s goals for live music were simple: “I wanted to do live funky house that sounded as good as any record, not watered down or like lite-jazz!” He realized there were plenty of live acts doing other electronic music styles (breaks, trance etc.) but not many doing house, or doing it right. “The synergy in the Bay Area is ridiculous. Everyone is connected and working on similar projects. Everyone plays each other’s records.”

When Temple opened in 2007, Hemming brought Williams on as Music Director and a resident artist. These days he works behind the scenes at Temple’s in-house studio, tracking artists and musicians as well as developing and playing on a host of projects as an engineer or facilitator. “I’m the studio guy, so I get my hands dirty on most of the projects coming and going,” he explains. “My goal is to make hot music for Temple Music Group!” says an enthused Williams. “Let’s put SF on the map again.”

Additionally, Williams and singer Isabel Lozano have collaborated as Kuuma on an EP titled “Mixed Up”, released on February 17th, 2009 on T.M.G.

Williams also finds time to contribute to 40 Thieves, a collective project with Corey Black, Layne Fox and TK Disco who make punk-funk, disco dub and no-wave house. On a similar tip, Williams lent his signature syrupy bass licks to Ben Cook’s internationally embraced Stranger and Barfly (Rong, Coco Machete, Grayhound Records) recordings.


Partial jAswhO? Discography:
“Ladies” on Soulmine Records (House)
“The Fusion EP” (Temple Music Group)
“The JasWho? EP” (Electric Zen)
“Mash It Up” (Amphibus)
40 Thieves “Buzz City EP” (Redux)
Karsh Kale “Beautiful- Remix” (Six Degrees)
Peter Bjorn and John “Young Folks – Black Wangz Remix”

You can visit JasWho? here.

 

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