Will Lydgate is a bass player, multi instrumentalist, music producer, and music coach loved for his deep grooves, consummate musical taste, and passion for inspiring others. As a bass player and back up vocalist will has played many shows and tours with artists such as, Cas Haley, Sashamon, Donavon Frankenreiter, and Bill Kreautzmann of the Grateful Dead. A graduate, Summa Cum Laude, of Berklee College of Music, Will’s appetite for creativity and new sounds has led to the creation of a new kind of sonic hybrid between electronic music and roots reggae. When not working on music Will enjoys growing his own chocolate, lifting weights, cooking delicious food, listening to audiobooks, and spending time with family.
Will Lydgate is a pioneer in the emerging world of craft chocolate. A chocolate educator, chocolate tasting specialist, and farmer of some of the most exclusive chocolate in the world, Will is fresh from his Tedx talk entitled ‘Changing the way we think about Chocolate’. Will’s mission is to spread the much needed message that dark chocolate is not only delicious, but is also one of the most powerful health foods known to man.
Will is from the island of Kauai, HI where his family first emigrated in 1867, making him the fifth generation of Kauai Lydgates. Will hosts regular educational workshops and chocolate tastings at his Steelgrass Farm that are open to the public. In addition to chocolate, his farm grows coffee, tropical fruits, and vanilla, and raises honey bees.
When not working on chocolate or music Will enjoys producing music, strength training, cooking delicious food, and spending time with his Sister’s family in England.