William Butler performing in July 2007.
William Pierce Butler
Also known as
October 6, 1982
The Woodlands, Texas, United States
Synthesizer, bass, guitar, percussion, sitar, panpipes, trombone, omnichord, glockenspiel, musical saw, upright bass, concertina, clarinet, gadulka
William Pierce Butler (born October 6, 1982) is a multi-instrumentalist who is best known as a member of the indie rock band Arcade Fire. William plays synthesizer, bass, guitar and percussion. He is known for his spontaneity and antics during performances. He is the brother of Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler.
Born in northern
California and raised in [1 ] The Woodlands, Texas, Will is the grandson of guitarist Alvino Rey. He graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in 2001, where he lived in Wentworth Hall, and subsequently attended Northwestern University, majoring in Poetry and Slavic studies. While at Northwestern he worked as a [2 ] DJ for the WNUR Rock Show, where he also hired Nathan Amundson of Rivulets to be a substitute DJ at WNUR. He also served as the poetry editor of Northwestern's literary magazine, Helicon. An excerpt of a poem from his senior thesis is quoted in Brian Bouldrey's book, "Honorable Bandit: A Walk Across Corsica."
In January 2008 Butler married dancer Jenny Shore.
References [ edit ]
Arcade Fire ( William Butler, Win Butler, Régine Chassagne, Jeremy Gara, Timothy Kingsbury, Sarah Neufeld, Richard Reed Parry)
Arcade Fire & Markus Dravs, producers; Arcade Fire, Markus Dravs, Mark Lawson & Craig Silvey, engineers/mixers; George Marino, mastering engineer
Jim Abbiss, Adele, Paul Epworth, Rick Rubin, Fraser T. Smith, Ryan Tedder & Dan Wilson, producers; Jim Abbiss, Philip Allen, Beatriz Artola, Ian Dowling, Tom Elmhirst, Greg Fidelman, Dan Parry, Steve Price, Mark Rankin, Andrew Scheps, Fraser T. Smith & Ryan Tedder engineers/mixers; Tom Coyne, mastering engineer