ARTISTS: Beautiful Supermachines

Beautiful Supermachines


Over a career that spans more than three decades, he’s been at the leading edge of various watershed moments of punk, post-punk, noise-rock, and hip-hop, rubbed elbows with Ice-T and Dr. Dre, played “the secret white dude” behind the scenes of The Jungle Brothers’ seminal J. Beez Wit The Remedy, and more recently settled into an in-demand role as a local producer. “I just like hooks,” Williams says of his Jackson Pollock-like palette. “A hook to me can be in a fucking [Karlheinz] Stockhausen piece.” WhileWilliams’ blend of the avant-garde and bubblegum often makes for a good sound bite (Jeff Salamon at the Austin American-Statesman once noted that he was the only person who could “credibly write tracks for Terry Riley and Teddy Riley”), it makes it awfully difficult—and pointless—to delineate the myriad musical influences comprising Shut Up, the debut release from Williams’ new project, Beautiful Supermachines.


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