William Strickler is a bassist, guitarist, bandleader and educator based in Columbus, Ohio. Since graduating in 2014 with a Bachelor in Music from the Capital University Conservatory of Music, he has toured with a variety of artists and musicians, including the Grammy winning singer Daya and finalist on NBC’s “The Voice” Chris Jamison. He has played with a variety of top Columbus bands, including indie-rock band Doc Robinson, salsa group Al Son Del Iya, hip-hop collective Mistar Anderson and neo-funk band Mojoflo.
Besides his work as a sideman, Strickler leads Waves De Aché, a band mixing his upbringing on rock, metal and hip-hop with Cuban timba, salsa, samba and other styles of Latin music. Since winter 2020, Waves de Ache has been the house band for Brothers Drake Meadery’s jazz wednesday music series. Waves De Aché released their debut studio album “Forward Motion” in spring of 2019, produced by Strickler and featuring five of his compositions. As band manager, Strickler has booked Waves de Ache at top venues and festivals across the midwest and east coast.
An avid writer and composer, Strickler recently won third place on Film Columbus’s “Stuck at Home” Short Film Soundtrack Contest. He is currently producing his debut solo project release, a yet to be named exploration of the sonic spaces between electronic production and live musicians.
Outside of writing and performing, Strickler is an educator for students young and old, giving both clinics and masterclasses and teaching private lessons. Strickler has studied with top musicians from a wide range of genres, including Vic Juris (NYC-based jazz guitarist), Justin Raines (bassist for gospel star Israel Houghton), John Belzaguy (bassist with latin jazz trumpet player Arturo Sandoval), Sandy Beales (bassist for One Direction), Roger Hines (bassist for Ray Charles) and Dr. Lou Fischer.