You can tell when Nick Warren’s on the decks. The music emanating from the DJ booth is that perfect club mix of driving percussion and soaring musicality, bursting out of the speakers, soaking everyone in melody, drenching them in sound. Warren’s impressive career has seen him release the very first “Back to Mine”, a staggering eight albums for “Global Underground”, and one for “Renaissance”. He is also in control of A&R for record label Hope Recordings, as well as being a member of the highly acclaimed duo Way Out West. Starting as tour DJ with Massive Attack, moving onto a residency at super club Cream and playing at every self-respecting club on the planet, has led him to this natural position as one of the world’s most respected DJs.
Interview Meikee Magnetic
Where were you born?
I was born in a small town called Bridport in Dorset England and had a very idyllic upbringing. Always on the beach or playing in the fields.
Can you let our readers know about your role for Hope Recordings:
I am head of A&R and one of the owners of the label. My role is to find and choose music for the label. It is a tuff business these days, it is more and more difficult to sell music from unknown artists which has always been a passion of mine.
What are some new projects in the works we can look forward to?
My Soundgarden album came out recently and we are doing some remixes of a couple of the tracks on there. We also have our next release which is by Syuder called “Open Your Eyes” which is a great vocal track, I have done a remix of that as well.
You have a bi-monthly Radio show ‘Soundgarden’ on Friskyradio which attracts over 150,000 unique tune-ins to each airing. How did this come about?
I have always wanted to do a radio show and Frisky were very keen on the idea, it has proved very popular being a 2 hour show with 2 very different hourly segments.
Your project Way Out West with partner Jody Wisternoff is a blend of Progressive House, Trance and Progressive Breaks. In your live performance videos I noticed Ableton and the Akai Apc 40. How’s your experience using Ableton?
I use Ableton for all my writing of music before we take it into our studio. It is great for live shows as well, although I would like us to get the “live Show” more Synth based in the future. CLICK TO SEE WAY OUT WEST
With the massive surge of EDM Festivals and the growing number of fans around the world, Dance Music is everywhere. In your words why do you think there’s such a great interest in EDM Culture?
Well I don’t see EDM culture or EDM in general as having anything to do what what I am involved in, hopefully it will be a spring board for some people to move on to the underground electronic music which I have a huge passion and love for.
What young music artists have captured your attention?
There are tons of amazing artists out there but being a label owner I am going to list a few labels who are doing amazing things at the moment. Culprit LA, Ellum Audio, Life and Death, Endless and Carpe Diem Musica are all excellent.
Your career has taken you all around the world, what has been some of the most memorable places you’ve visited and why?
Argentina always stands out as it has the best crowds on the planet, the crowd in Athens is also very special. I love to flyfish and travel to Tierra Del Fuego when ever I can and also the highlands of Scotland are a very inspirational place. I love going to Finland in the summer and seem to write music very freely while I am there.
Your sounds are deep atmospheric soundscapes with a dark edge of ambience, just perfect. What inspires you to go in this musical direction?
It has always been my favorite style of music, even before dance music, labels like 4AD and even Jean Michel Jarre were huge influences on me as well as Kraftwerk and Joy Division. I love the trip you get with Instrumental edgy music.
You were the touring DJ for Massive Attack, any interesting stories you can share about that period?
It was an amazing experience and I owe the guys a great deal of thanks for kick starting my career. Not being the main act was a great way to hone your DJ skills, getting the room into just the right mood before the band comes on. Many young DJs fail to understand the warm up role.
I’ve been following you career for years, your music is in my collection and has remained a favorite til this day. Your DJ career spans two decades and is driven by a continual desire for change, explain your love for your DJ lifestyle:
I adore what i do and to be honest i think i am a better DJ now than ever in my career.
What lay ahead for Nick Warren?
Jody and I are working on the new WOW album and there will also be a couple of remixes from me and a solo release or 2. Loads of amazing gigs this year. Burning Man for the first time which will be a special experience.
What does Dark Beauty mean to you?
It sounds like a horse we should bet on!
Special thanks to Christian Pinero (SET)