Interview With Nick Warren
can tell when Nick Warren's on the decks. The music coming from
the man is that perfect club mix of driving percussion and soaring
musicality, bursting out of the speakers, soaking everyone in
melody, drenching them in sound. On the floor, where it really
matters, his crowd experience all the peaks and troughs that make
his music so unique. Locking on early, you'll hear his deeper
take on house which morphs, as the club mood changes, into harder
territory, music for sweating and losing yourself to. And at that
point when the light are low, when smoke fills the room and people
are dancing on instinct, that's when the melodies start to rise
over the top, washing the worries and exertions of life away,
completing the club experience. That's why Nick Warren is so
because he knows how to truly work a club, to take a crowd high,
then higher again. That's what comes with vision and, just as
importantly, experience. I caught up with Nick when he had some
free time and this is what he had to say...
someone who started listening to punk and reggae, how did you
move from there onto House Music, what caused this transition?
I always felt that progressive
house was very influenced by dub , so its kind of a natural
an interesting take on things but how did you decide to start
getting into DJing and Production?
Like most DJs I wanted everyone
to hear what I thought were amazing records, once I was DJing
I wanted to make my own.
you were DJ'ing you got into a tour with Massive Attack. How did
this change things for you as a DJ and a Producer?
It was a huge influence for me,
learning to warm up a crowd for a band is a great way to learn
how to move a crowd.
those who don't know you are part of Way Out West with Jody
Could you describe how this matured you as an artist through your
album you put together and maybe how it shifted your focus onto
Jody and I have worked together
for ten years now and it still works really well , when you work
with the same person for that long , trust and instinct take over
and that's what makes you come up with fresh
both of you make a really good time. Moving onto the Global
Just this topic is an interview on its own really but I'll stick
to what's important. Each of your Releases in this series has
had a distinct sound to it [regardless of the year of release].
With each City and Release, were you aiming for a different sound
or were you just inspired in different ways?
Inspired in different ways I
suppose, it really is a case of believing in your instincts when
choosing tracks, you have to remember that some of the tracks
were chosen two months away from each other so to make them gel
and work as a whole is a little nerve wrecking, but you have to
believe in yourself.
I agree, believing in yourself is important. Fast forwarding
to the future and moving onto your latest mix album�€� Shanghai
[GU#028]. I've got to ask. Nick, what is it with you and Global
Underground? You're doing a 6th Album for them now? I thought
Reykjavik was the last?
Well things change and for me
its a matter of trust, a lot of DJs started with GU then after
success they wanted to do it all themselves, I trust the guys
at GU, they trust me and everything just works, simple as
good to see you sticking with who you trust and making things
work. For this release of Global Underground [Shanghai], from
where did you take your inspiration to put this together and could
you describe your set to us at Decadence Kills Depression [DKD]
[The place where Global Underground chose to host their latest
The set at DKD was off the hook,
it was a great atmosphere and I loved the party, As i've just
mentioned, inspiration comes in different ways.
of your Global Underground compilations have had a different sound
as I have mentioned earlier. This time you have chosen to put
out a mix of mainly unsigned tracks, from different areas around
the world creating an international feeling to this GU. Would
you care to explain why you chose the tracks that you did [mostly
unsigned / unreleased tracks] and why it spans so far around the
When I started producing the
music industry was in a strong state, it was fairly easy to get
a record deal or publishing deal, now its very difficult. I get
sent so many tracks by unknown artists, I wanted to promote these
people and give them a platform, hopefully it has worked especially
through this compilation.