Born in Huntington, New York, Sokol's early exposure to Henry Mancini, Herb Albert, and Burt Bacharach, and 20th Century Classical composers via his dad's Living Room Hi-Fi during the 1960s and 1970s, created a a foundation for a life as a player, composer, and producer.
Billy studied piano in grade school and started on String bass when he was 13.
Growing up at a moment in time when your typical neighborhood garage band would cover Return to Forever, Mahavishnu, Jeff Beck, Yes, and Pink Floyd, Billy gravitated towards instrumental music.
Billy studied improvisation and figure studies with Darrell Dobson and attended Ithaca College School of Music. During his years in Ithaca, Bill played in a series of jam bands before moving to Long Island.