Warren ‘Slim’ Williams is a musician who’s vibrant career has spanned over four decades.
Slim’s music has been termed Sophistafunk. Fulsome orchestrations combined with energy-driven percussion rhythms, jumping bass lines and soulful lyrics make his sound fun, danceable and eclectic. His success in music is rooted in his embrace of fresh ideas, shifting technology and old-school music values.
Slim began his career in music at the age of nine, when he began playing organ at the Mount Zion Baptist Church in Rocky Mountain, North Carolina, for 50 cents every Sunday. It was from this early age that music became permanent fixture in his life as he learned to play a variety of instruments and create his own music. When he and his family moved to Norfolk, Virginia, Slim began to play for his father’s church (his father being a pastor), as well as playing at military bases with local groups. At eighteen, Slim moved to Detroit marking the start of his professional career–working with Philippé Wynne of The Spinners, Rick Shepard and The Drifters.
In the 80’s Slim became lead composer, vocalist and keyboard player for Tchukon. It was with the band that Slim found himself in Quebec record an album in Morin-Heights. Making a new home in Quebec, Tchukon became studio session and live musicians for some of Montreal’s finest such as Geraldine Hunt, Michel Pagliaro, Boule Noir, Nanette Workman and many others. The band’s many successes includ CBC’s Rock Wars (link) and the American Star Search televised talent competition in 1986.
Slim became Musical Director for a number of colossal projects in the 90s including the Atlanta Olympic Games TV special, the World Basketball Championships in Toronto, and five years worth of Just for Laughs Galas. Slim has received numerous accolades such as the 1993 Gemini Awards with Oscar Peterson for their musical score for the short film In the Key Of Oscar, the Soa Paulo Brazil’s Film Festival for the short film Next Floor winner of Best Short at the Cannes Film Festival and received awards at 44 other film festivals, as well as being welcomed into the Smithsonian Institution.
Slim continues to be a contributing force within the Quebec music community and has recently teamed up with revered composer/producer Joel Campbell (Janet Jackson, Tina Turner, Annie Lennox) to found Boyz in the Woods studio in St. Adele. Slim, Joel and George Pelekoudis (engineer formerly of Morin Heights/Le Studio) have created a one-of-a-kind studio environment inside a barn-shrouded workspace in the sublime Laurentian Mountains.