Who we are

We are Australian brothers Marty & Tom Williams, and we have a strong, inherent love and passion for original music and live performance. Stylistically our output to date covers many genres including Rock, Pop, Soul, Hip Hop, Roots, Acoustic, Electronic, Ambient & Meditative.

With over 20 years experience in the music industry, it was in 2003 that we first launched our independent music label doubleURecords (UUR), predominantly as an umbrella to house and promote our combined catalogue of recordings, but also to provide us with a platform for a variety of future collaborations in musical production, composition and music related events.

The Williams brothers music, for the best part of the last two decades, has been played nationally and internationally on radio, used on TV shows such as Neighbours and Home & Away, included on independent films and documentaries, used for theatre shows, installations and healing therapy.

We have both managed successful careers in music, Tom as front man of Rock/Pop outfit The Jaynes (1988 – 2001), and Marty as front man in the Pop/Rock band Big Things Flying (1990 – 2000).

We first joined forces in the acoustic pop group STRUM and across the years of 1991 – 1994 supported the likes of Bob Dylan, The Beach Boys, Hall & Oates, Paul Kelly and Tommy Emmanuel to name but a few.

After touring Australia and Asia vigorously with our respective outfits in the mid to late 1990’s, we again returned to experiment musically in a side project (code named) illuminati in 2000. Out of those days of recording and live performance, we began to focus our skills together in the group now known as cousin leonard.  Initially joined by our sister Briony the family groups’ objective was to write uplifting songs filled with harmony, hooks and happy memories.

Continuously involved with many local, national and international artists, we thrive on supporting new music and artistic collaborations through our involvement and assistance with, many successful community events. Together we ran the Melbourne Club Acoustica showcases at Manchester Lane for over two years (2004 – 2006) as well as programming and staging the Melbourne World Aids Day Concerts in Federation Square, in the heart of the city from 2004 – 2007. We also helped orchestrate the world wide launch of the Thin Green Line Documentary at the Astor Theatre, Melbourne in 2007.

Individually:

Marty has also been running a successful (open mic) "original" muso night, on the Mornington Peninsula,(Peninsula SongRiders) that has now become somewhat of a local institution(since it’s inception in 2004). He has also played an integral part in piecing together the inaugural Thin Green Line Festival held in Somers, Feb 2009. His work in these and many other areas has made him a valuable member of his local community.

Tom was commissioned to compose and produce an original score for a new school theatre show in 2005, and ‘Off The Canvas’ was ultimately performed by Complete Works Theatre Company in schools throughout Victoria over three consecutive years. His work as a session artist has seen Tom gain precious experience in countless studios and production houses around the country, whilst he still devotes time to studying music and mentoring many up and coming new artists.

We each possess a deep love of the creative process, and the telling of our collective stories. We like nothing more than to delve into the potential of new artistic ventures, and with UUR have an independent place to call home, a gathering spot, a melting pot, an online retreat and a strong foundation for giving voice to a new idea ...or 2