LIKE THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN around the world, Gareth Williams received a formal piano training in Western classical music. But having heard his father play jazz trumpet, and listened to some of the jazz albums in his father’s collection, he realised at a young age that he wanted to explore something that didn’t have to end in an exam. He wanted to explore music for himself.
In the 1970s, when Gareth was starting on piano, the Beatles were a major influence and the early years of rock 'n’ roll were still quite fresh in people’s minds. Gareth liked the Beatles' songs, and he was inspired by the exciting boogie rhythms running under rock 'n’ roll. Gradually, they found their way into his piano-playing.