Will Holland

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Will Holland
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Will Holland performing with 'Quantic and his Combo Bárbaro' in 2009
Background information
Also known as Quantic
Origin England
Genres cumbia
bossa nova
trip hop
Years active 2000–present
Labels Tru Thoughts
Associated acts The Quantic Soul Orchestra
The Limp Twins
Quantic and his Combo Bárbaro

William Holland is a musician, DJ and record producer from Bewdley, Worcestershire. He is based in Colombia.

He records under various guises, notably, Quantic, The Quantic Soul Orchestra, and The Limp Twins. His music draws upon elements of cumbia, salsa, bossa nova, soul, funk and jazz. Holland plays guitars, bass, double bass, piano, organ, saxophone, accordion and percussion. Much of his sound is original composition with little in the way of sampling of other artists' material.

Holland also has his own label Magnetic Fields on which he releases heavy soul and funk. He has also taken on remix duties for over 30 songs.


His albums The 5th Exotic (2001) and Apricot Morning (2002) featured vocals from British artists including soul singer Alice Russell. In 2003, he assembled The Quantic Soul Orchestra, a new project aimed at producing 60s/70s style raw funk, playing guitar himself, and featuring other musicians including his saxophonist sister, Lucy Holland."[1]

In 2007, Holland moved to Cali, Colombia. He set up an analogue studio "Sonido del Valle" and recorded and released The Quantic Soul Orchestra album Tropidélico (2007) and the self-titled debut from his tropical-dub side project, Quantic presenta Flowering Inferno (2008), which featured a variety of musicians from the area. He subsequently assembled the Combo Bárbaro (Bárbaro is colloquially referred to as very talented in Colombia).[2]

Holland's 2008 collaboration with Nickodemus "Mi swing es tropical" was featured on an Apple iPod television commercial.[3]



As Quantic, Holland has released four studio LPs and a b-sides album, on the Tru Thoughts label.



As Quantic, Holland has also collaborated with several artists, including:

  • DJ Greyboy, on the track "Got to Be a Love" from the album Soul Mosaic (2004)
  • Alice Russell, on the track "Somebody's Gonna Love You" from the album Under the Munka Moon (2004). Russell has also written and performed vocals on several Quantic songs.
  • Lanu, on the track "Mother Earth" from the album This Is My Home (2007)
  • Mr. Scruff, on the single "Donkey Ride" (2008), and on the b-side of Scruff's single "Sweetsmoke" (2002), entitled "It's Dancing Time".
  • Nickodemus, on the single "Mi swing es tropical" (2008)

The Quantic Soul Orchestra[edit]

2009 with his Quantic Soul Orchestra, NYC
Further information: The Quantic Soul Orchestra

With a live band of musicians, Holland has recorded as The Quantic Soul Orchestra. The band line-up has consisted of numerous members, with only Holland being a constant. Former members include Holland's sister, Lucy, on saxophone, and his Limp Twins collaborator, Russ Porter. They have released three LPs, plus a collaborative album with Spanky Wilson.

Quantic and his Combo Bárbaro[edit]

Further information: Quantic and his Combo Bárbaro


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