Today we’d like to introduce you to Casey Muze Williams.
Casey, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I am a percussionist by sprit. Born in Longview, TX. I got my love of music from my mom. She was always playing some of that “old school R&B, soul music. From Frankie Beverly and maze to temptations. I remember her dancing with me to “I wanna dance with somebody” by Whitney Houston. She always allowed me to explore music.
I started playing drums in JR. High. I was in love with the idea of being able to finally play an instrument.
I got my a drum set when I was in high school so that I could learn how to play in a 60’s and 70″s metal cover band. I played shows with this band that was never named all through grade school. After everyone graduated from high school and went off to college. My music focused shifted.
I discovered the MPC (Music Production Center), which is made by AKAI. This introduced me to the huge world of music production and DJing. I went to the local music store and got whatever drum machine I could afford. I then begin the work of teaching myself how to produce records for local artists. I called myself DJ Muzik Mind”. LOL. I D.J.ed all the school function for the high school and established an independent DJ and production business.
The goal was to save money to attend school for sound engineering. After moving to Dallas and enrolling Media Tech Institute “home of the musically insane, I began my life of partying stupid choices. I ended up not completing and eventually moving back to Longview.
After taking some time to figure what the hell I was doing with my life, I enrolled at school in Tyler, Tx to become a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. “A drug Counselor.” I eventually started playing drums at my church, and that lead to me diving into hand drums. I bought my first djembe and began learning this new type of percussion. I finished school and eventually got a job counseling teenagers in Lufkin, TX, and moved to Nacogdoches, TX.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I was in a new city and wanted to establish something new with my music. In 2015 I founded Starr Avenue Co along with my wife. This comUNITY based vision/mission was started for two reasons. One is to have drum circles whenever I wanted to. The other reason is to give the opportunity for every creative mind to be seen. We started with monthly drum circles. We slowly gained recognition in Nacogdoches. We began collaborating with local businesses and comUNITY organization. We now have the pleasure of representing three creative. These creatives express their art/creativity in totally different ways. We provide services to multiple cities: Livingston TX, Lufkin TX, Nacogdoches TX, Longview TX, Gladewater TX, Center TX, and most recently, Shreveport, LA.
Within the lifespan of Starr Avenue Co we have stepped into the public, hand drum workshops and social media marketing.
How can artists connect with other artists?
Just get out and do it.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
You can support us by following us on all social media platforms all at StarrAvenueCo: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. Come out to any one of our events. Buy our merch. Also if you want to donate through PayPal @StarrAvenueCo
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Michelle Jones of StarrAvenueCo