Michael "Mikemetic" Williams, 39 

Program Leader, Art 180

click to enlarge PATRICK BIEDRYCKI

Michael "Mikemetic" Williams isn't your typical DJ. He's an eclectic music provider whose sound is heard in popular local band the Photosynthesizers, yoga classes, the electronic duo known as the League of Space Pirates and, more recently, onstage at the University of Richmond's Modlin Center for its production of "Blu."

When he's not creating soundscapes, Williams stays engaged as a program leader with Art 180, where he designs and creates 12-week programs to connect children with the arts. "That's kind of like a spiritual thing man," he says. "It's something that I've always loved doing."

Williams soon will have a unique opportunity to explore that passion. Art 180 has tapped him as the program coordinator for its Arts District Teen Facility. He'll be responsible for channeling the creative energy of the young people that gather downtown during the First Fridays Art Walks.

"I'm really excited about getting that started," Williams says. "That's the kind of job that I've been hoping for, to culminate all my artistic and music stuff. This is kind of an amalgamation of everything I've done to this point."

Which is quite a bit. Williams also is host of a weekly radio show on Richmond Independent Radio WRIR-FM called "Middle East Coast Mecca." He just completed a stint as musical director for the Modlin Center's "Blu," and he's working on a book about street art in Richmond.

But next month he marks a personal milestone that few DJs can claim. The League of Space Pirates, which also features artist Noah Scalin, will release its first record. "As much as I love vinyl, I've never been in a group that's actually put out a record before," he says. "It's pretty cool man."

Corrections: In earlier print and online versions of this story, we incorrectly listed Michael Williams' age. Also, his radio show on WRIR is called "Middle East Coast Mecca." We regret the errors.


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