Esa, UK/SA - Biography
London based South African, Esa Williams is part of a unique breed of talent challenging the electronic music scene. Drawing influences from his roots but firmly looking towards the future, he embodies a sound without limitations. A charismatic and energy filled DJ as well as a gifted producer, his impressive and evolving output spans his early productions on his own Rememory Music label, to collaborations with Auntie Flo and the much-touted Highlife World Series. Take a trip through his back catalogue, one can find a distinct yet expansive musical identity of vibrant, rhythmic and wholeheartedly positive productions. His music is represented by acclaimed imprints such as Burek, Omena, and Hello Sailor.
Esa carved out a niche curating electronic music-focused educational programmes in Cuba, East Africa and South Africa. Using his knowledge and skills he inspired a new generation of enthusiastic DJ’s and producers around the world. Esa takes pride in championing music from artists who may have fallen through the cracks. He can be regarded as a creative polymath being able to connect the dots on many cultural, historical, musical and technical levels
Now he’s found new ways to channel these experiences and stories through his music, performances and collaborative projects. Esa played a leading role in firing up the legacy of Ata Kak and bringing together the already legendary Ata Kak band. The formation is going for their third and fourth tour this year with Esa being busy on and off stage as their captain, conductor and producer.
Through his residence at Worldwide FM, Esa shares amazing tales that are inspired by his musical journey’s. Taking inspiration from all the travels, all the people he met, and all the artists he played with, Esa is now readying new work to present his musical vision. Expect a world connected in musical, cultural and historical traditions to be enjoyed by simply listening and visualising the stories that are Esa.