HOW IT HAPPENED…As a South Philadelphia native, Philly Will was exposed to a vast array of music at early age. Though his passion for music is unmatched, it had not always been that way. Born William B. Harrison, Jr., Will grew up watching his father (a 30-year veteran DJ) rock every type of event from block parties to weddings. Fascinated by the craft, he began to learn how to mix at the age of 13. On random occasions throughout his high school years he’d find himself in the basement of his parents’ home brushing up on his skills. DJ’ing was not yet a passion; just a pastime. His first musical passion would come in form of writing and recording music with fellow classmate, Raak. Will and Raak went off to Temple University together and their careers began to take off in unsuspected ways. Raak blossomed into an uber-talented producer and Will stumbled onto the house party scene. Stumbling is a great way to describe the process as he was he forced to spontaneously fill in for a friend one night (DJ Mofo) who became sick during a Halloween party in 2009. He wowed everyone listening and watching. No one expected such a level of skill from a “regular guy”. This was THE eye-opening moment.
CURRENT CAREER…Club DJ. Live-show DJ. Producer. Since fully embracing the DJ lifestyle in 2009, Will has made quite a name for himself. As an “open-format” DJ with a focus on turntablism and simply making every opportunity count, he’s taken smaller avenues and built himself a buzz large enough to attract the likes of brands such as AnmlHse and Babylon Cartel. Those affiliations led to a number of special guest DJ appearances throughout the Philly nightlife scene landing him in venues such as The TLA, Fluid Nightclub, Union Transfer, The Barbary, Silk City and more. His path has earned him respect by both up-and-coming and seasoned DJs alike. His “open-format” style and exceptional turntable skills have also allowed him to storm onto the Atlantic City scene via Near Dark Entertainment.
Adding to that, he’s also the official event DJ for Pier Entertainment.
Kung Fu Necktie
69th Street Lounge
The Grape Room (Manayunk)
The Black Box @ Underground Arts
New Deck Tavern
Pub Webb (Pub Webb Live)
Sterling Hotel (Allentown, PA)
Crocodile Rock Café (Allentown, PA)
WC Murphy’s (Havertown, PA)
Shenanigan’s (Wilmington, DE)
Space 2 @ The Sound Table (Atlanta, GA)
X Bar @ Harrah’s (Atlantic City, NJ)
Blue Martini @ Bally’s (Atlantic City, NJ)
Springfield Inn (Sea Isle City, NJ)
Bally’s Bikini Beach Bar (Atlantic City, NJ)
Eden Louge @ Harrah’s (Atlantic City, NJ)
Center Bar @ Valley Forge Casino (Valley Forge, PA)