Originally from Massapequa, NY, Bill Malik started playing guitar at 15, the bass at 17 due to encouragement from his music teacher Matt Carolan. After moving to Florida in 1982, he played in various garage bands that went nowhere, but concentrated on original music. Bill joined the US Navy as an electronics tech on a nuclear submarine

from 1984-1990 and as soon as he docked he started playing again.


His bands include 'Joybuzzer' from '91-'93 and then 'Hourglass Garden' from '93 to '97 which released a cd on a small label. Bill's played at Livestock, the Hard Rock Orlando, CBGB's in New York and has opened for several national acts including the Smithereens. Then he concentrated on television which brought him to WTVT in 1997. While not thumping the bass with The Wilson Van, Bill often plays locally with the bands 'Punch Drunk' and 'Chromasonic.'


He's happily married to his loving, supportive and beautiful wife and they are blessed to be the parents of a sweet baby girl. Bill plays a Lowe custom bass (Brad Lowe Custom Guitars in Oldsmar) , and Music Man bass and Gallien Kruegar Amps.