This week on Discovery Friday we take a look at Player One aka Crayg Williams. Crayg started his musical endeavours making Metal music from the age of 15. After countless bands ranging from Post rock to Tech Metal he was mostly known for fronting a band called Terraform who released a series of music videos including his personal favourite ‘Negative Auras’ –
Whilst he wasn’t playing shows, Crayg was actually producing music for other artists from his studio and actually co-wrote a full length death metal album for a band as a ghost writer.
Given all of the practice he had sat behind a computer screen with real instruments to play with, he soon lusted for the freedom to make his own music & after a year of parting ways with his band, he discovered Synthwave after watching Stranger Things Season 1.
“What can I say? I’m late to the party but then again, no one invited me. I’m just glad the doors were still open and I found my way here because I can’t get enough of it!”
He first launched his project Beat’em Max at the beginning of 2017 with his debut single ‘Ocean Speaker’. –
The rest of 2017 was spent locked away, writing for the album, starting the UK Synthwave Podcast with his good friend Jake Last & at the very end of 2017 he announced the name change from Beat’em Max to Player One with the release of his album “Out with the Old, In with the New” (Ironic much).
“When I first came up with the name Beat’em Max, it was a play on words and I thought I was clever, turns out I was dumb as Sh*t because I had no idea who Betamaxx was and this first year I’ve had a handful of snide remarks regarding the name so to please everyone including myself I felt it was time for a change, it was now or never.”
He admits he didn’t come up with the new name though…
“I actually have to thank Michael Oakley for the name Player One though…Without him I would’ve ended up calling the project ‘The Nothing’ (The Never Ending Story Antagonist) which lets just agree would have been a terrible idea.”
“I’m going to be working exclusively with The Patchbay this year making in the mix studio videos where we can dive in and pick apart my tracks as well as tutorials & whatever else seems cool at the time”
“I will be collaborating a lot this year with various singers & Producers. Look out for a series of singles & Music Videos that will define the foundations of Player One is all about, both musically and aesthetically.”
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