"Quantic" is an umbrella moniker for prolific U.K.-born, New York-based musical polymath Will Holland.
His career has been one of almost constant evolution using beatmaking, tape splicing, bandleading, and playing a dizzying array of instruments through numerous incarnations and dozens of records. Among them are Quantic, the DJ/producer/remixer who has packed dancefloors from Bulgaria to Buenos Aires; his Latin-tinged reggae and dub exploration Flowering Inferno; his Colombian Ondatrópica project with native musician Mario Galeano (of Frente Cumbiero); Los Miticos Del Ritmo (who perform varying explorations of funky cumbia and sonidero); the international Combo Bárbaro (alongside salsa pianist Alfredo Linares and Pacific folklore singer Nidia Gongora), who deliver an explosive aural snapshot of the ever-changing musical landscapes of the Americas; his all-star soul-jazz group the Western Transient; and his decades-old Quantic Soul Orchestra (with vocalist Alice Russell). Quantic tends to live where he works -- he spent eight years studying and working with musicians in Cali, Colombia. His compositions have been featured on the soundtracks of more than a dozen films and television shows including Orange Is the New Black, Ray Donovan, and San Andreas. He composed the score for the documentary Next: A Primer on Urban Painting.
Holland played guitar in various rock bands as a teenager, but it was his subsequent switch to house and broken beat that helped launch his musical career, especially after the single "We Got Soul" arrived in 2000. In 2001, Quantic's full-length debut, The 5th Exotic, was released by the Tru Thoughts label, trailed a year later by Apricot Morning. After briefly pausing in 2003 to record QSO's Stampede (for which he played organ, bass, guitar, and saxophone, among other instruments) and his soul-folk-dance duo the Limp Twins' Tales from Beyond the Groove, Holland returned to his solo efforts with 2004's Mishaps Happening. Quantic Soul Orchestra's Pushin On was issued one year later. 2006 proved to be particularly busy for the prolific DJ, as he released a compilation (One Off's, Remixes and B Sides), a reissue of The 5th Exotic, and another new Quantic album, An Announcement to Answer. In 2008, he could be heard tinkering with a blend of dub and '70s Latin on Death of the Revolution, which also marked his first release under the Flowering Inferno moniker. He used the same moniker for 2011's Dog with a Rope while the Quantic name returned in 2012 with Look Around the Corner, an album recorded with retro-soul singer Alice Russell; he also released a self-titled debut as Ondatrópica on Soundway, as well as the Los Irreales Mixtape. Two years later, Magnetica showcased Quantic's first solo album in seven years. Holland returned in 2016, once again under the moniker Flowering Inferno, releasing the album 1,000 Watts, which was a more direct foray into the traditional reggae sound, supplemented by a second Ondatrópica full-length entitled Baile Bucanero. The following year he issued Curio, a collaborative effort with Afro-Colombian Combo Bárbaro vocalist Nidia Gongora. After moving to Brooklyn in 2015 and building his Selva studio, Quantic assembled a new studio band that tried out dance-oriented material and concepts at N.Y.C.'s Good Room before recording and releasing them as Atlantic Oscillations on Tru Thoughts in June. ~ Marisa Brown, Rovi