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Interview With Nick Warren
Interview With Nick Warren

You 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 respected, 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...

As someone who started listening to punk and reggae, how did you move from there onto House Music, what caused this transition?

Nick: I always felt that progressive house was very influenced by dub , so its kind of a natural progression

Thats an interesting take on things but how did you decide to start getting into DJing and Production?

Nick: Like most DJs I wanted everyone to hear what I thought were amazing records, once I was DJing I wanted to make my own.

Once 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?

Nick: 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.

For those who don't know you are part of Way Out West with Jody Wisternoff. Could you describe how this matured you as an artist through your album you put together and maybe how it shifted your focus onto other projects?

Nick: 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 ideas.

Yea, both of you make a really good time. Moving onto the Global Underground. 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?

Nick: 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?

Nick: 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 that!

It's 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 mix album]

Nick: 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.

All 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 globe?

Nick: 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.

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