“Blending a passion for experimental classical music with a clear understanding of bass music, Yate’s vision is quite strikingly unique,” Boomkat 2012

Memotone is a multi-instrumentalist and producer. Drawing inspiration from a wide range of sources, his sound is made up of layered instrumentation over the top of field recordings, conversation, atmospheres and programming all tied up with live acoustic drums and binaural percussion, often using an MPC 1000 for live edits. Also showing a keen interest in sound-scape and textural experimentation.

Memotone mainly works in his bedroom studio, but also has a live performance to offer. His show is a captivating blend of live instrumentation including piano, keyboard, clarinet, trumpet, zither, guitar, bass, drums, glockenspiel, organ, melodica and toy instruments looped on a Boss RC-50 loop pedal with live audio effected from a Kaoss Pad 3 and samples triggered from an MPC 1000.  When playing, William Yates is switching from instrument to instrument, from pads to keys and from pedal to pedal and sometimes all together. “There are many more restrictions in live music, especially when performing on your own but it does bring something different to the music altogether that may be lost in a studio environment. When I play live I try and make it so every sound you hear you can see me create or trigger (when samples are involved.) I never use a laptop on stage and want to keep it that way. I think it’s much more interesting for the crowd and as a performer.”


“Like a great art-house movie memotone’s music can take you places you never knew existed.” – Q Magazine

” **** Arvo Part, Gorecki and DJ Shadow combine on this extraordinary neo-classical electronica album by multi-instrumentalist William Yates. Zithers, clarinets, ping-pong balls or samples from distant conversations are all employed as part of his arsenal. Often using field recordings to set a mood, Yates layers on live insturments, sometimes playing gorgeous melodies, at other points adopting a groove-laden, dissonant approach” – Mojo Magazine

” Last time we received a memotone EP we said it sounded like escaping a hospital ward with a brain injury trying to remember your past. This is similarly bleak. It’s his first full album, and the longer format helps him conjure and otherworldly state of mind with avant-guard pianos, eastern drum beats and jazzy electronics. This is art from every conceivable angle and an impressive experience.” The Ocelot

Memotone Releases:

A Future Without
– Friend [August 2010] Digital
– Hands EP [March 2012] T-shirt/Digital

Black Acre
– Multicolour EP [March 2011] Vinyl/Digital
– Lost Hours EP [October 2011] Vinyl/Digital
******- I Sleep. At Waking LP [October 2012] CD/Digital

Raised By Records
– RBR001 [October 2011] Vinyl/Digital
– Terrain Part 1 [August 2012] Vinyl/Digital

Project Mooncircle
- 10th Anniversary Box Set [March 2012] Vinyl/Digital

Along with tunes being featured on compilations for Outlier Recordings and a host of free EP’s which you can download here:
FREE EP 2012:
Away from his personal music William Yates has also been working with publishers, namely Hear No Evil, Massive Music and Jeff Wayne Music Group.
His music has been used by: UBS (Television Advert), AllSaints (, Mercedes (The New C-Class internet campaign), Lonely Planet (Travel Guide App), Wallpaper Design (Internet Film) Zacapa Rum ( Composition for projections in Prague ( and National Geographic (Departures Season 3 for TV). As more and more work comes in, the list will hopefully grow.

For Bookings (Live Set) email:

If you need to get in touch with me directly you can do so via email or telephone.

Email Address:

Telephone: 07784013518


  • February 5th, 2009
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