An infusion of rap, indie-alt, and rock, Sketch Williams’ tracks are like audible wasabi – memorable and devilish, with a lingering punch.

Sketch Williams

The music industry isn’t known for longevity; few make it past 5 years. So when an artist releases a 10th album, not only is it a cause for celebration, it calls for a respectful tip of the hat. And this hat happens to be Sketch Williams’ ‘The Mad Hatter’.

 

30 year old Sketch Williams is a versatile songwriter, performer and actor. Combining classical, soulful sounds with hip-hop beats Williams delivers consistent hooks with a lyrical story-telling flow.

 

The music bug found Williams early. At 4 years old, the Winnipeg native was mastering piano lessons, and his creative future seemed clear. Williams grew up surrounded by a host of talented mentors (Ken Adams, Fresh I.E, Pat Carrabre) learning all kinds of instruments. This found Sketch racking up a variety of musical accolades including acceptance to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts,(2007) multitudes of movie music credits and a Grammy nomination as a musician with Toronto-based Fresh I.E.(2006)

 

2003 saw the release of his first album ‘Portrait of a Poet’, album #4 ‘Strength in the Static’ was completely self-produced, and this tenacious independent artist is now celebrating album #10 with ‘The Mad Hatter’, the requiem of love.

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DISCOGRAPHY

  • Portrait of a Poet – 2002

  • The Moonlit Tunnel – 2005

  • The City In The Clouds – 2007

  • Future Jam EP ( Limited Release ) – 2009

  • Strength in the Static – Sept 2011 (all tracks written and performed by Sketch Williams)

  • The Love Album – July 2012 ( created with movie and a book )

  • The Musician (Not Publicly Released) Spring 2013, total of 21 tracks

  • Dedication – 2015 ( acoustic album created with friends of his father who passed away in 2014)

  • The Twelve Song Album – Fall 2016 (album done over 12 days, 1 song/day composed via Facebook live)

  • The Mad Hatter – Spring 2020

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The Mad Hatter - Background

Release date Spring 2020

 

The music industry isn’t known for longevity; few make it past 5 years. So when an artist releases a 10th album, not only is it a cause for celebration, it calls for a respectful tip of the hat. And this hat happens to be Sketch Williams’ ‘The Mad Hatter’.

 

Born from a relationship that dissolved, along with the turmoil after the death of his father, the tracks on ‘The Mad Hatter’ reflects a journey of love and growth. And just like life, ‘The Mad Hatter’ isn’t just one flavour. These personal stories are shared through indie-alt rock, rap and hip hop. Life, love and music is an audible banquet.

 

‘The Mad Hatter’ features the versatile Williams who has written, composed and performed all the tracks. Combining a classical foundation with hip-hop, alt-rock beats and soulful lyrics, ‘The Mad Hatter’ is a humble showcase of talent across genres.

 

“I think all the songs I’ve written are love songs,” says Williams. “Everybody wants to be loved and have connection, with family, with friends, with partners. Sometimes it works, sometimes…not so much.”

 

‘The Mad Hatter’ is named after Lewis Carroll’s character in Alice in Wonderland. “He loved Alice,  was obsessed with her, but couldn’t have her,” explains Williams. “So the theme of wanting something, someone, being in love but not having it was the catalyst for this album.”

 

‘The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’ featuring Sketch Williams and his band, along with The Smoke Show and Civil Eyes will be embarking on a national tour in support of ‘The Mad Hatter’ starting on the east coast in the Fall of 2019. Dates and locations are forthcoming.

 

A short film by Toronto-based director Sidhant Sawant exploring the themes of love shared in ‘The Mad Hatter’ as a compliment the album is scheduled to be released in the Fall of 2020.

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