LIAM WILLIAMS-PRINCE - DRUMS AND BAND WELLINGTON MUSIC TEACHER
Liam began his musical career at secondary school. He played trombone in the school jazz band, drums and guitar in covers bands, took up singing lessons, and got involved performing in musical theatre. After a varied start, he eventually decided that the drums were his real calling.
In 2009 Liam was accepted into the jazz programme at the New Zealand School of Music, where he studied towards a Bachelor of Music with Honours. Liam studied with local jazz legends Roger Fox, Roger Sellers, Lance Phillip, Paul Dyne, and Norman Meehan, among others. In addition to the drum set, Liam studied basic jazz piano skills, music theory, composition and arranging, and various percussion including vibraphone and Latin American instruments, such as congas, bongos, bells and shakers. The degree also included scholarly work, covering topics such as jazz history, music and politics, ethnomusicology and popular music studies.
With four and a half years of intensive musical study under his belt, Liam took his new skills and passion for music to a professional level. He tutored classes at university, taught drums informally, and played in various Wellington-based bands including the Latin Club band, the Idhayam Collective, and various small jazz combos.
In 2014 Liam travelled for several months throughout Europe, where he played music in numerous places – jazz in Amsterdam, Berlin and Edinburgh; traditional folk music in Bulgaria; rock in Georgia; and bluegrass in Surrey, England. He also ran drum workshops during a short stay in London, teaching children from ages 5-15.
On his return to New Zealand in 2015, Liam joined several bands playing at various venues in and out of Wellington, and began teaching drums more regularly. His latest musical projects include the Earl Jefferson Band (blues/rock), Musica Ricercata (Italian folk music), and several jazz groups. Liam is currently studying towards a Master of Music, and continues to grow his musical exposure in Wellington and beyond."
"I find Liam really great. He can pick up any beat that i want to learn pretty much straight away. And he is very patient, he does not rush me. He always waits until I am comfortable before we move on to the next step. So, he is a good drummer and a good teacher, and this is all I could ask for. I really enjoy our lessons." - Alister Koning