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A landworker injured in a fluke gardening accident has released his fourth electronic dance music album this month.

Des Velo - whose real name is William White - has produced all four albums from the bedroom of his home in Albany Road, Wisbech, while waiting for surgery to repair damage to his leg.

William, 41, chose his stage name which translates into Insomnia from the Spanish, because it is not only unique but reflects how his life has been since the injury in September 2019.

Des Velo (William White) has released four albums from his bedroom. (51867371)
Des Velo (William White) has released four albums from his bedroom. (51867371)

He was working on a shed in the garden when he seriously injured his knee, causing his patella tendon to snap.

He was in plaster for 10 weeks as a result of the injury and underwent surgery to insert wires into his knee to help the tendon to repair.

William has been waiting since March last year to go back under the knife to have the wires removed and hopefully get full use of his knee back so he can return to his farm work.

He said: "I was due to go back in to have the wires removed just as lockdown started. Since then I have been waiting to be called into the Queen Elizabeth Hospital at King's Lynn to have the operation. Unfortunately lockdown has caused a backlog and I keep being told I have to wait while they deal with more urgent cases.

"It is frustrating because I can't get to back to work, so to beat the boredom and to turn it into something positive I learned how to use modern technology to produce electronic dance music.

"I have now released my fourth album through Spotify and I'm hoping people will give it a listen. It is hard to get your music out there without the backing of a studio."

Ironically, William, who is Wisbech born and bred says although he loves the music genre he can't actually dance.

"If I released a video of me dancing that would definitely put people off listening to the albums," joked William, who studied music at the College of West Anglia.

He added: "I play a lot of instruments as I am from a musical background - my dad is guitarist with local band The Rusty Relics, and this helped me create my own sound, which is influenced by nineties dance music. In truth I'm a little bit stuck in the nineties I love that sound."

To listen to William's latest album entitled 'Learning Curve' visit Spotify where you will find his previous three offerings: 'Divided Kingdom'; 'Plain Hunt'; and 'Katzenjammer'.

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