Will Atkinson; the 24 year old responsible for over 100 Radio 1 airplays since 2008, the man who engineered over 90 records between 2011 and 2013, the teenager who began producing at 14 and the boy who began mixing records at the age of 7…
Championing Judge Jules as one of the main reasons he got into Dance music after striking up a relationship following one of his gigs in 2008, Jules gave Will his first ever radio airplay, playing his track ‘Perpetual Sunrise’ back in 2008. This relationship continued with Will joining Judge Jules to play at Digital, Newcastle with the event recorded live as part of BBC Radio 1’s In New Music We Trust.
Will has since racked up over 100 BBC Radio 1 airplays from likes of Judge Jules, Pete Tong, Kutski & Simon Patterson. His track ‘Cloud Surfing’ was played 6 times over 6 consecutive weeks. The support has also been shown by playing his tracks many times on some of the biggest radio shows such as ASOT, FSOE and Ferry Corsten Countdown.
His work has claimed numerous Number 1 spots on Beatport in the Trance, Psy-Trance & Breaks charts his productions have been signed to some of the biggest record labels with releases on Armada, Subculture, Perfecto Fluoro, FSOE, Spinnin Records, Vandit, Damaged and Monster Records. Official remixes for Paul van Dyk, John O’Callaghan, Giuseppe Ottaviani, Simon Patterson & Alex Morph top off Will’s very impressive discography to date.
Not content with what he has already achieved in the industry he created the alias ‘Darkboy’. Darkboy was created to focus on the darker, psychedelic elements of Trance. The first release under this new alias was signed to Perfecto Fluoro, “Darker Shades of Black” hit number 1 on the Beatport Psy-Trance chart.
2011 & 2012 he Engineered & co-wrote over 60 tracks & performed in USA, South Korea, Mexico, BAT festival Argentina, Luminosity, Poland, Iceland, Godskitchen, The Arches, Coloursfest & Goodgreef while 2013-2014 are his best years for DJ career.
2014 sees Will made his debut tour in Australia, debut in Montenegro and performed in different countries and events over the World such as: Argentina, Czech Republic, Luminosity in Holland, Trance Nation in Holland, Ibiza shows including Pure Trance at Privilege & Gatecrasher, Subculture Toronto, FSOE Poland, UK super brands Goodgreef, Godskitchen & Colours and a debut tour will be held in USA.
In 2014 Will achieved big fame with his releases being signed to some of the biggest record labels such as Remix of Aly & Fila – Quiet Storm album on Armada, remix of Giuseppe Ottaviani track ‘Through Your Eyes’ on Vandit, debut release on WAO138 ‘Watch It Burn’ with Paul Webster, releases for Jordan Suckley fast rising label ‘Damaged’ and his track ‘Eternally’ (FSOE) hits #8 on Beatport. His upcoming release ‘Victims’ (Subculture) reached huge support so far and his debut mixed compilation for John O’Callaghan’s ‘Subculture’ is yet to come.
His natural talent and un-rivalled passion for music with hard work is set to make him future star in the scene so keep your eyes peeled & expect a lot more from Will Atkinson very soon.
Here’s what some of the top players in trance have to say about him
Armin van Buuren: “Pumping!”
Judge Jules: “I probably play more of his productions than any other producer.”
Simon Patterson:“Going to be massive!”