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Meet Derex Williams

Today we’d like to introduce you to Derex Williams.

Derex, before we jump into specific questions about your work, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I was four years old when I first started playing guitar;the instrument was introduced to me by my pre school teacher’s husband who would come by and play for us.I always had a front row seat when he stopped by. Later that school year, a man dressed as Santa came to ask all the kids what they wanted for Christmas, once it was my turn to answer I told him I wanted a guitar and on Christmas morning I had my first guitar.

In my personal opinion, I wasn’t really good at playing until I was in ninth grade. I’m from a small town Helena, Arkansas, the only resource I had to help me learn guitar was the internet. I would watch hours of tutorials by Kerry2smooth, Jairus Mozee, Xeryus Gittens and more to further cultivate my playing so that I could create something unique and beautiful. After I graduated high school I studied music for a year at The University of Arkansas in Fayetteville,but once the school year was up I explained to my parents that I had to move to LA . I wanted to see how far God would take me and my gift. so, with a lot of hard work, prayer, and good faith I moved to LA and since I’ve been here I’ve played for artist like Terrell Hines, Teedra Moses and Arin Ray. I was also given the opportunity to MD UnpluggedLa, a platform for emerging artists, but honestly I credit where I am in life right now to my faith in God.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Perception is everything I wouldn’t classify anything I’ve encountered as a struggle but more so as a lesson. One thing I’ve learned since being in LA is versatility. I have strong roots in Gospel, Blues, and R&B but a lot of gigs I’ve received required me to tap into different styles and tones all while still sounding like Myself if you know what I mean. A MD I had once called it being a chameleon.

Please tell us about work.
I’m a guitarist great for live concerts and session work but I also teach guitar and produce. Since I moved to LA a lot of the musicians that I look up to are becoming my mentors and peers and that’s something I’m extremely proud of. The only thing that makes me different are my life experiences and if you ever hear me play it will give you more insight on who I am than this interview haha.

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1 Comment

  1. Xeryus

    September 6, 2022 at 10:32

    Such an amazing guitarist you up next 🎸🤘🏾🔥🔥

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