Will Holland is very busy boy. Still only 24 years old, he has established himself as one of the most talented and prolific artists in the world of alternative dance music today. Recording under various guises, Will first found acclaim as Quantic
, fusing jazz sensibility with dance floor orientated grooves and intelligent breaks. Exploring the worlds of jazz and deep funk his second project, the Quantic
Soul Orchestra, is a live affair. A group of highly talented players, the Q.S.O pays homage to the funk explosion of the early Seventies, and to the dusty 7 records that have always been an inspiration to Will. As well as Quantic
and the Q.S.O Will is one half of The Limp Twins, a duo he formed with Russ Porter.
Initially a deejay partnership, it wasnt long before they started recording, with Russ taking on the vocal duties and Will adding the magic with his savvy production. He has enjoyed consistent success with his Quantic
moniker. Releasing his first album The 5th Exotic in the summer of 2001, it was picked up on by some of the most respected names in underground music. Gilles Peterson
, Richard Dorfmiester, Mr Scruff
and LTJ Bukem
all rated it very highly, not surprising when tunes like Common Knowledge and the classic Life in the Rain had blazed across dance floors all over Europe. With elements of Jazz, Funk and Afro blended with tight breaks and Will's distinctive production The 5th Exotic proved irresistible to many, and won him many plaudits.
He built on this acclaim with the release of Apricot Morning less than a year later, dispelling any talk of the difficult second album. His sound seemed to expand in every direction on Apricot Morning collaborating with the incredible Alice Russell, MC EQ and Bristol's freshest hip hop crew, Aspects. Apricot Morning is a perfect snapshot of everything thats happening at the jazzier end of underground music in 2002, as proved by Gilles Peterson
who ranked it amongst his albums of the year.
Soul Orchestra's debut album Stampede is unleashed as of April 2003. The album is a strictly sample free, all-live affair influenced by super heavy original funk, soul, jazz and afro-beat. The band consists of highly talented musicians and features the sublime vocals of Alice Russell and John Hughes. Accredited with sheer, raw energy of their live sets, do not miss a chance to see the band perform live.
Not being one to rest on his laurels, Will is busy with his third solo Quantic
offering and the debut album from The Limp Twins Tales from Beyond The Groove is out November 2003! He has been invited to deejay throughout Europe, America , Canada, and Japan spreading the trademark Quantic
sound with each set. His music has been featured on countless compilations and appeared in TV soundtracks, and as ever he has a busy schedule of remixes from respected labels across the board.