It is with a heavy heart we share the passing of Bill Hamel, one of the two orignal founders of the group Fatum. Born in Orlando, Florida, Bill was a two-time Grammy-nominated record producer. Over the course of his illustrious career, he successfully remixed songs for the likes of Justin Timberlake, U2, Madonna, Depeche Mode, Rihanna, Gwen Stefani and Pharrel, just to name a select few. This was all before embarking on his journey with Fatum.
Even before starting Fatum, Bill was an international sensation. Through attending college in Orlando, Hamel had access to some of the most influential and hottest DJs of the time. Immersing himself into the local Progressive House scene, he launched his first label Sunkissed Records in 1996.
Almost instantaneously, his first major production Insight “Prophecy” was signed to Stress Records by Dave Seaman, international DJ sensation and editor of Mixmag Magazine. His tune with Audio Magnetics “Ghetto Blasta Deluxe” was Pete Tong’s “Essential Tune” in 2005, and was featured in the popular video game Dance Dance Revolution.
His first major acknowledgement was a Grammy nod for his epic remix of Seal‘s “Get It Together” in 2003. Overall, Bill has had 19 remixes reach #1 on the Billboard Dance Charts and countless more reach the top-10. To read Bill’s full bio, checkout his Facebook “About” section here.
While it is impossible to summarize the accomplishments of one man in a short article, Bill seemingly had a positive influence everywhere he went. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the family and close friends of Bill Hamel. Below is his final post from his Instagram account six days ago – hopefully we can all find our passion the way Bill found his.
Riding out with my quasi neighbor, quasi singer / song writer (cough need to finish one of these 8 songs so your not quasi, cough, cough) my Israeli doppelgänger, and new dear friend, Ms. @HellaGal to her band #HellAlicious show last night. She’s only been in the States a few years but you’d never know that with a voice like hers. Meeting other musicians from other countries & cities and instantly feeling like you’ve known them forever because of your shared passion for music is an amazing thing. Music is a universal language if you speak it. I had another great time w/ the band and @NyQuil3 on drunkie duty. | ✌+?=? | Catching Steve doing Steve things | HellAlicious rocking | Squad goals | And the last photo is what music is all about. | #SupportLocalMusic #FridayNight #? #? #?