01. Where are you right now and what are you doing?
Right now I’m sitting in my studio, situated just over the river in sunny Govan, Glasgow. Putting the finishing touches on my single of the year. A 145bpm heart racing affair. A record etched in hope, but at the same time, quite unforgiving and could save you a trip to the dentist because it will remove most of your teeth – that’s on the house.
It’s called The Last Rave On Earth. It’s relentless. I’m also finishing about my 4th interview of the day. Saved the best till last!
02. What year were you born?
03. Do you have a nickname?
Most call me Will. Some call me Big Bill. And Waltzy to my closest boys from back in Orkney.
04. What’s the coolest thing in your house?
Probably my fridge.
05. How would you describe yourself?
06. Worst experience as a DJ?
Probably missing about 8 flights home from Ibiza when I was supposed to be going home to Glasgow to get ready for an Argentina tour. I had to skip the Glasgow part because I kept falling asleep on the train from Manchester – I kept missing my stops – back and forth.
In the end I had to go straight to Heathrow – still clad in trunks, flip flops and a bag full of sand. Flew to Buenos Aires and somehow went straight to the festival and had one of the best gigs ever. I was 25. There’s no way I could be going about my business like that now. Absolute scandal.
07. Best experience as a DJ?
September 19th, 2019 – Mexico City. Anywhere in Mexico City. There is something about South America. The hot blooded, carnival like atmosphere. I played Mexico City with my manager John Askew – we were closing the second stage.
Although it was the second stage of the festival, it was still a decent sized stage. To be honest, I was a bit disappointed at the turn out. Maybe 300 people max? In a club, that looks good but in an open park, it doesn’t. John started his set and I’ll never forget what I saw. Hundreds of people running down to our stage. They must have left the main arena – which probably held 20k people – the place started to fill.
By the time I came on to perform my closing set, there must have been 10k people in front of me. I started my set with an edit I made of an old techno track: Cave – Carnival which has a huge carnival style drum solo. To hear this on a massive sound system, the place went bananas. I’ve got goosebumps right now talking about it. Then my first track kicked in – Heavy Gear – and I thought the stage was going to collapse.
It sounded like Javier Hernandez scoring in the 93rd minute in a world cup final. Every kick, every riff, every time I raised my hands – screams, shouts, chants. It’s the most insane atmosphere I’ve ever experienced not only as a DJ, but as a human being. That night changed my life. I can’t wait to get back.
08. Favourite record label?
I’m loving Victims Helpline at the minute.
09. What’s your biggest weakness?
My left hand.
10. First record you ever paid for?
If we’re talking any format, Paul Johnson – Get Get Down on cassette tape straight out of Woolies (RIP). If we’re literally talking vinyl, Roger Sanchez – Another Chance from HMV Doncaster.