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DJ Williams pens ‘love letter’ to Richmond

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Electric guitarist, singer and former Richmond rock scene champ DJ Williams will return Sunday for a performance at Ember Music Hall.

His latest album “By Way of RVA” is a “love letter” to the city that Williams says defined him musically.

“I’ve always attributed Richmond to being the muse of my sound,” Williams said. “There is a very vibrant music scene in Richmond that I was constantly being inspired by.”




Born in New Jersey and raised in Richmond, DJ Williams began playing classical piano at age 4. He attended Midlothian Middle and Midlothian High schools, where he picked up his love for guitar and local rock shows. 

Born in New Jersey and raised in Richmond, Williams, 42, began playing classical piano at age 4. He attended Midlothian Middle and Midlothian High schools, where he picked up his love for guitar and local rock shows. 

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He recalls attending battle of the bands competitions in high school.

“I remember very vividly walking in the little cafeteria on Huguenot Road and seeing all these drum sets and instruments set up all over the room, and that just kind of sparked it off for me. That’s when I started to check out who else was playing in bands or trying to put a band together,” Williams said.

Released on Projekt Records, his own label, “By Way of RVA” fuses funk, rock and soul to create an eclectic mix of tracks that showcase Williams’ range in taste, which was shaped by Richmond’s diverse music scene. 




DJ Williams founded the DJ Williams Projekt and made a name for himself as lead guitarist in Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe. He has shared the stage with such talents as George Clinton, Dave Matthews Band, John Legend and many more.

Williams founded the DJ Williams Projekt and made a name for himself as lead guitarist in Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe. He has shared the stage with such talents as George Clinton, Dave Matthews Band, John Legend and many more.

“By Way of RVA” showcases Williams’ musical ingenuity. He played all of the instruments on the album, including drums, guitar and synths. Lyrically, Williams says the album is more personal.

“When I was writing this record, I wanted to pay homage to that scene and that vibe and my love for Richmond and all that the community has done for me to raise me up as a musician,” Williams said.

The six-track EP was recorded and mixed in his home studio in Denver, where he moved in 2018 to challenge his skills as a musician.




Currently on a 26-date tour around the U.S., DJ Williams said he will always carry a love for Richmond. His latest album, “By Way of RVA,” was recorded and mixed in his home studio in Denver, where he moved in 2018 to challenge his skills as a musician.

Currently on a 26-date tour around the U.S., Williams said he will always carry a love for the place he calls home.

“I feel like I’ve made a lot of people proud; I still have a very deep love for Richmond,” Williams said. “I will always consider Richmond home. I can still go back if I need to regroup, literally and figuratively.”

Sunday’s show will also feature the DJ Williams Band, Space Koi and Sqwerv. Doors at Ember Music Hall, located at 309 E. Broad St., open at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7. Tickets are $17 in advance and $22 the day of the show. 

Chelsea Jackson (804) 649-6965

[email protected]

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