Founder & Managing Director
Roles - CEO. Project Director. Big One festival Producer, Forward Planning, Artist Liaison
The Specialized Project was conceived by Paul Williams in September 2011 after watching a TV program about young people with cancer in the UK. At that point, The Specials had just played a prestigious gig at The Royal Albert Hall in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust charity. This inspired him to come up with the idea of an album containing cover versions of songs by The Specials recorded by modern day artists. Within the year he had compiled and released “Specialized- A Modern take on Specials Classics.” A double album covering the back catalogue of The Specials performed by an eclectic selection of bands that Paul had persuaded to become involved. Four years later the specialized project has gone from strength to strength under Paul’s enthusiastic guardianship releasing more albums and singles and acquiring the respect and support of musicians and music industry professionals around the world.
A live long fan of ska music Paul has been a pivotal contributor of the UK ska scene since the early 1980s, firstly as a fanzine editor and gig promoter and latterly administrating The Specials fansite and becoming the official biographer of The Specials. He’s a regular consultant for Radio and television working with VH1, Channel 4 and featuring on BBC Radio 4’s celebration of 2-Tone music. Pauls zest for the music is the hallmark of The Specialized Project and without him; it would never have become what it currently is.
As Specialized has grown Paul has recruited a committed team of like minded music specialists to help him take Specialized onwards. In turn Specialized provides support to musicians and those working with music and most importantly raising money for great causes such as The Teenage Cancer Trust and The Youth Music Network.