We had the good fortune of connecting with Pat Williams and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Pat, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The most important factor behind my success has been to treat people right!
I’ve learned throughout my life and career that people will treat you how you treat them, no matter how popular you get.
As a musician and artist, there’s no ‘you’ without friends, family, and fans-do your best to be gracious, honest, and genuine.
Definitely my motto!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m a professional drummer and band leader. I started playing drums at the early age of 5, and debuted (as a 5 year old) playing with my Dad’s band at the Houston International Jazz Festival! I was fortunate to grow up in a house that constantly had music playing. At any given moment, we could go from Stevie Wonder to Miles Davis; From Earth, Wind, and Fire to Weather Report; From Marvin Gaye to Nancy Wilson…and so on and so forth. Hearing all of this music as a young child helped to mold me into the musician I am today. After over 20 years of being a ‘side-man’ for many local cover bands and recording artists, I decided it was time to start my own band and to take on the role as Music director for artists that come into town and would like to hire a local band. I also decided to write and release my own original music.
The transition from drummer to band leader wasn’t hard, but moving from “drummer” to “recording artist” was a little more difficult. I had to learn that the “business of music” is just as important (if not more) than the music itself. Having a great support system, and the right team is essential.
I’ve been blessed, and although I’ve been a musician all of my life, I feel like I’m just scratching the surface of my goals and dreams, and can’t wait for the world to hear my journey through song.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
There is so much to do in Houston at any given time! Depending on their taste for food- I would take them to The Breakfast Klub for breakfast; The Turkey Leg Hut for lunch; and Vic and Anthony’s/ Mastro’s for dinner. For live music- Scott Gertner’s Rhythm Room; The Ready Room; The Wortham Center/Jones Hall.
The Post building; Midtown, the museum district, and historic 3rd Ward are great hangouts as well.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My mother and father are my greatest influences and inspirations. My Father, Pat Williams, was a world-renowned trumpet player who toured with The Temptations, B.B. King, and Local Houston Legends Bubbha Thomas and The Lightmen, to name a few. He taught me how to be a professional musician, how to lead a band, and how to make sure that all facets of the “gig’ were taken care of before playing a note. My mother, Rita Benson, is a singer, who currently sings in church. She taught me how to be strong. How to be respectful of others, and most importantly, to have faith in God, and to never doubt that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!
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