William Hicks

Cool DJ Willie has been a staple in the nightlife community since he moved from Columbia in the early 90’s to Baltimore to help promote the legendary Fever events put together by Scott Henry and Charles Feelgood at the infamous Paradox nightclub. From Florida to Boston he and his friends reached out to all partiers on the east coast to preach the gospel of the Baltimore/Washington DC rave scene.

In 1995 DJ Willie started promoting his own downtempo events at Profusions, which helped launch the careers of many local bands and musicians such as Laketrout and Dj Infinity (who was elected best DJ by the City Paper) while keeping the event exciting with extravagant decorations and surprise guests. This is where he learned to DJ and moves crowds. Moving the event to a larger location at the Redwood Grill DJ Willie started making inroads into the hip hop and rock and roll scene by booking both genres on the same night. After two years at Redwood Grill Cool DJ Willie moved his event to Goodlove and hooked up with Big In Japan who would rock downstairs while he DJ’ed upstairs winning best night out in Baltimore by the City Paper.

In the spring of 1999 Cool DJ Willie took his eclectic sound to the airwaves on 88.9 WEAA where he founded the Audio (in)Fusion, which was dedicated to bringing the electronic sounds of the underground to the masses. Hosting guests from all over the world propelled him to DJ at events all across the country and places like Aruba and Mexico. At the same time he became a resident DJ at Red Maple and hosted many events thru out the mid-Atlantic region. In 2001 he started producing music under the moniker Shock Trauma, an experimental IDM band heavily influenced by Drum and Bass, which he continues to this day.

In 2005 Cool DJ Willie packed up and moved to Southwest Florida to help open EnVie Lounge where he was the music coordinator/DJ for 2 years helping the nightclub win multiple awards around the area. EnVie became the first nightclub in the area to host international DJ’s like Oscar G, Cedric Gervais and many others. Not content to play in just one area Cool DJ Willie reached out to likeminded promoters and found himself playing Daytona, Miami, Coral Gables and the legendary Church St in Orlando.

Ironically bored with the sun and the fun DJ Willie moved back home to start Innasound Music with DJ Jason Gray and helped form their production team which is releasing their first long player in the fall 0f 2010.

Always progressing forward DJ Willie’s sound encompasses all styles of music from the 80’s to the uber present. His motto is no matter where he is playing someone will be dancing.

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