Musically, clubbers are never quite sure what to expect from Djoko’s performances, other than they will be on point and hugely entertaining.
William Djoko’s entire persuasion emits pure charisma. While his DJ Sets are drenched in both groove-laden house and rugged, motor-city techno (sprinkled with his famed frisky footwork of course) his productions don the same eclectic charm: flirting between playful, cut for the club and trippy, mischievous percussions. It’s a unique approach to his artistry that is by far the pinnacle of his success thus far. Labels like Rush Hour, Voyage Direct and Tuskegee have all had their own sonic slice, with NYC based label Strictly Rhythm releasing the ever tantalising ‘OMG’ and Desolat donning ‘Out of Reach’, William’s collab with label boss and good friend Loco Dice – the record was released on Dice’s LP ‘Love Letters’ earlier this year. The futuristic sound can also be heard on William’s latest release ‘Whiplash’, a funk-inflected dance weapon that debuts as the very first record on William’s brand new imprint DJOKO Records.
The record will be a weighty addition to his current arsenal, one that also includes a prolific DJ schedule. The last few years has seen William play a veritable who’s who of clubbing and festival hot spots the world over from DC10, Printworks and fabric to Dekmantel, Junction 2 and Oasis Festival. He also holds residencies with the likes of LWE (London) - with whom he launched William’s Wonderful Weekend, an epic weekender of all things wonderfully William including four shows in London (including two sets Tobacco Dock and an after party b2b with Loco Dice at Shoreditch Platform) as well as Shelter (Amsterdam), where he’s played alongside the likes of Virgil Abloh, Mr G, Black Coffee and KiNK. Both of these prop up perhaps the most influential - his regular spot at the legendary Circoloco, playing at DC10 as well their parties across the wider world including Tulum, Amsterdam, Barcelona and Paris, where William will join them during Paris Fashion Week this year.
In fact, fashion is just another weapon in William’s armoury. In September of last year, he collaborated with Vogue affirmed, leading Moroccan fashion designer Amine Bendriouich for an editorial shoot during Oasis Festival while other features and collaborations include Vogue Netherlands, Absolute Vodka and Amsterdam streetwear outlet Basketstores.
So with an abundance of new music in the pipeline, a new record label, a fruitful diary, new and exciting collaborations and the promise of worldwide roll out of William’s Wonderful Weekend it seems the Amsterdam based producer is truly flourishing as a sensation in the scene. Watch this space.
Selected discography William Djoko
William Djoko - Whiplash [DJOKO] 2019
William Djoko - OMG ft Camilo EP [Strictly Rhythm] 2017
William Djoko - Dirty Talk EP [Voyage Direct] 2016
William Kouam Djoko - Hold Me Close VA [Voyage Direct] 2015
William Kouam Djoko - Sacred Secrets [Tuskegee] 2014
William Kouam Djoko - Satisfied EP [mobilee] 2014
William Kouam Djoko - Man Like Me EP [Leftroom] 2013
William Kouam Djoko - Deflourished EP [Voyage Direct] 2013
William Kouam Djoko - We Are Your Brothers & Sisters/ Enforce YS [Voyage Direct] 2012
William Kouam Djoko - Can't Lose My Rhythm [Thirtyonetwenty] 2011
William Kouam Djoko - Jammin' All Over Europe EP [Soweso] 2010
William Kouam Djoko - Schools Out/Look Inside Sun [Thirtyonetwenty] 2009
William Kouam Djoko - Hard Loving/Sorry To You Too [Thirtyonetwenty] 2008
Anja Schneider - Twisty (William Djoko Twisted mix) [Kneedeep In Sound] 2017
Absolute. - Mind Control (William Djoko Crowdcontrol Mix) [Love Fever Records] 2017
Deep Sixty - Mme Hayo (William Kouam Djoko Dreammix) [Hlanganani Music] 2015
Anja Schneider - Dubmission (William Kouam Djoko Remix) [mobilee] 2015
Efdé - Felt (William Kouam Djoko's Gevoelsmens Mix) [Nordik Net] 2014
Feygin – Le Floor (William Kouam Djoko’s More Cowbell Mix) [KIARA Rec] 2011
Darius Syrossian – Seeking for Peace (William Kouam Djoko RMX) [Area Remote] 2011
Roy Gilles – Mistery Nightfall (William Kouam Djoko RMX) [Blackrose] 2011
CATWASH - "Lost In Bucarest" RMX w/ Boris Werner [Catwash] 2010
Tracks Appear on
WKD - Serialism Repetition’ on VA - Prologue EP [Quagmire] 2007
WKD - Right Back’ on VA - Artist Ensemble001 [Produkt Schallplatten] 2008
WKD - Hard Loving on 'Watergate 01 mixed by Onur Ozer' [Watergate Records] 2008
WKD - Sorry To You Too on 'Welcome to the Future mixed by Gert van Veen' [Dance Tunes BV} 2008
WKD - "Stomp" on VA - Remote Areas compilation [Remote Area] 2009
WKD - Hard Loving (acapella) on 'Balance 014 mixed by Joris Voorn' [EQ Recordings] 2009
WKD - Look Inside Sun on 'Green & Blue in the mix mixed by Tobi Neumann' [Cocoon Recordings] 2009
WKD - Schools Out on 'Green & Blue in the mix mixed by Tobi Neumann' [Cocoon Recordings] 2009
WKD - "Yes, Now" on VA - vol.1 [SoWeSo] 2010
WKD - "Soul Defect" on Lessizmore Anniversary Compilation [Lessizmore] 2011
DJ WiLD, Chris Carrier & William Kouam Djoko – “WCW”
on VA - Hors Serie Volume 5 [Catwash Records]