A true Renaissance Man and legend of the Seattle music scene, William Wilson is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer. He is recognizable as the charismatic frontman of the bands Audiorotic and Legion Within, and has been a featured artist on recordings and tours with the seminal industrial group KMFDM. Both his electronic and acoustic sets reveal a unique reality, viewed through the lens of political activism, stark introspection, and an ever-present desire to find beauty within chaos.
Wilson’s achievements in singing, songwriting, and performing include numerous notable performances and projects. Over his career, he has shared the stage with Voltaire, Gene Loves Jezebel, Peter Murphy, Legendary Pink Dots, Chemlab, Deadfly Ensemble and more. In February 2010, Wilson adeptly covered “Dead Man Walking” and “Space Oddity” for Seattle's annual Dancing on the Valentine benefit to fight Leukemia - his first solo acoustic performance in ten years, which was met with roaring success.
As the frontman and lead songwriter of the legendary Seattle band Legion Within, Wilson’s lyrics explored themes of despair, romanticism, and political activism. The band’s final album “Scourge” exhibits some of Wilson’s greatest lyrical achievements, against a backdrop of raw and authentic dark rock.
Wilson’s most recent project Audiorotic paired his melodic vocals with sultry bass lines and energetic, electronic rhythms. With a new sound, Wilson’s lyrics took on a more poetic tone, heard in the hopeful romance of songs like “Into Your Light” and “Stars Descend.” This largely synth-based project also solidified his authority as an electronic music producer and audio engineer - clearly displayed by the masterful dance cover of David Bowie’s “Cat People.”
Now, he revisits his musical history with this newly-established dark electronic perspective, and is rapidly adding more thought-provoking, sensual hits to his musical canon.