William emerged from the heartland, somewhere in between Mark Twain country, the Mississippi River & Highway 51. William started writing original songs & taking photographs at age 14 & hasn't stopped since. William's previous band "The Black Fortys" were named best college band of the year in 2008 by Rolling Stone Magazine & a subsequent tour with England's The Duke Spirit followed as well as opening for Nas for a Rolling Stone Live event. Fans of The Velvet Underground, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, John Lennon, Castanets, should know where William is coming from. William got his start in Berkeley, California where he funneled all his writings, songs, photos, recordings, & films into one foundation under one name & is currently working on a new album called "City of Thieves" & a short film with Chicago artist Maren Celest called "Water Snakes."