Infused into Will Villa´s music are the multicultural influences that define his life. The Colombian born, European educated DJ, producer, and entrepreneur is well known for his blending of many genres into one seamless musical journey through different parts of his life and the world that created who he is. It’s a mix of European electronic crispness, the tropical rhythms of Colombia and the urban roughshod of Comuna 13, but it’s also the precise transitions and tight scratches that comprise Will’s signature sound.
His latest release “Ay Curura” is a collaboration with long time friend and mentor Totó La Momposina. Recorded at Audiovisión Studios in Bogota, CO. alongside Toto and her band, and mixed by non other than the world renowned and highly sought Ken Lewis of New York, NY… Mr Lewis has created hits for some of the worlds biggest acts: Bruno Mars, Kanye West, and Alicia Keys to name just a few.
“Ay Curura” blends traditional Afro-Colombian rifts with electronic dance to create a tropical bass interpretation of a classic that is both as authentic as it is refreshing.
Its accompanying music video depicts a day in the life of young friends seductively dancing in tropical and urban environments in the port town of Cartagena de Indias. It is a true and accurate representation of coastal Colombian life.
In 2017 Will also released an EP Nutibara RMXs on Vlad Records featuring many of his friends, Locos por Juana, Paco Mendoza, Rancho Aparte, Puerto Candelaria, Nomfusi and many more.
Will’s early rearing and childhood was in Colombia, but his formative years were spent in Germany where he dreamed of finding a way to promote the latin culture that raised him.
After struggling to find support within the German music industry, he finally launched his own label, Nutibara Records, in 2008 when he began to support a new and aspiring Colombian sound. Looking back, Will had the following to say about this time:
“Today every music agency in the world wants to have a Colombian sound on their roaster, but back then I could only catch the attention of a few people, so I decided to do it myself.” This is the type of do it yourself mentality that defines Will’s passion and work… his ethic is this: if it doesn't yet exist, Will, will do it himself until the market itself comes to bare his vision, and this ethos has always defined who he is, and its always been enough to lead him to the next step.
Soon the hottest bands of the time.Culcha Candela invited him to support and manage their European tours with the labels first artists Profetas. Owing to his diverse skill set and musical versatility, Will found himself forging new and unexpected relationships with the worlds most renown artists…
Will, you could say was forged in the fire, as these impromptu management and production experiences served as his training in the music industry, and it was on the world’s largest scene where he served as tour manager, sound engineer, music producer and DJ. When all was said and done, Will toured and worked in more then 40 countries around the globe, and with some of the worlds most talented artists. These experiences helped to shape Will´s diverse capabilities, but his true passion has always been collaboration; the bringing together of diverse artists and the production staff necessary to create a truly transformative entertainment experience.
Suddenly he was connecting everybody, some booked his services, for others he did favors, but everywhere he went, people knew him for hooking up the biggest players in the latin music industry.
Germany’s most recognizable Reggae publication Riddim magazine wrote:
“…Will is a German Colombian with networking skills for which Facebook and LinkedIn would pay millions…"
Watch Will Villa starring Antioqueños de mundo on Teleantioquia
From Nutibara to SQRZ
Riddim magazine was definitely right about Will´s networking skills. In early 2018 Will embarked on his next adventure when he became tech entrepreneur founding and bootstrapping his new venture, SQRZ.
True to Will’s visionary mindset, his application proposes new ways of integrating communities and connecting people in a way never seen.
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