Video Premiere: DJ Williams Offers Hope During the Pandemic with “Everyday Is Love”
DJ Williams’ new solo record, Short Stories, will be released early in 2021. Although Williams plays guitar in Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, he performed all the basic tracks on the album, which consists of previously unheard material. The multi-instrumentalist then invited a variety of guests to appear on some of the songs, including Souleye, Andy Geib (Slightly Stoopid), Kenneth Crouch (Eric Clapton), Deshawn Alexander (Eric Krasno Band) and Eric Luba (Manycolors).
Today we are premiering the video for “Everyday is Love,” the first single from Short Stories. Williams notes that the opening line “Everyday feels like yesterday” is “obviously referring to the state of being at home every day during a pandemic, but finding the best in the situation.”
He adds, “This is one of the first songs I wrote for the record, at home where I had built a temporary makeshift studio in my living room. Once I had a melody for that opening line, I immediately heard the style of this being a four on the floor ballad like song. It’s definitely a departure from the stylings of most my music. I really wanted to focus on lyric writing for this record as well as challenging myself to new musical voices while playing the majority of instruments on this record.
“Curtis Mayfield has always been a HUGE inspiration in my playing and the reason I play guitar,” Williams explains. “That’s a lot of where the choice to sing falsetto on this track came in which can also be heard on another track called ‘Y’all Accept Bitcoin?’ I’m really looking forward to bringing these tracks alive on the stage and finding a balance with this material and the Shots Fired repertoire. This was a fun record to make and I’m already laying down ideas for a Vol II.”
Nate Griffith directed and edited the video, which playfully captures the many contributions that Williams made to the recording.
DJ Williams will debut the single this Friday, January 15 along with all of the material from Short Stories during a livestream “album reveal party.” The event will be limited to just 100 streams and advance passes are available now on a pay-what-you-will basis, beginning at just $1. His backing band, Shots Fired, will feature a special line-up for this intimate one-night-only performance (it will not be archived). The group will include: Michaelangelo Carruba (Turkuaz), Andrew Randazzo (Butcher Brown), Brian Mahne (The Root Downs) and Sam Reed (NoBS Brass Band).