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  WAY OUT WEST - INTERVIEW & CONTEST

 

"The 'just two guys on laptops' thing is really over," affirms Jody Wisternoff from Way Out West, who, along with longtime partner Nick Warren, decided it was time to open up their doors to new members and go on the road as a full-fledged band. Enter Omi, a lifelong singer and songwriter, who's energy sparked the melodies and lyrics for the band's latest album, Don't Look Now. Not content to stop there, for the recent US leg of their album tour, the three added two more live musicians, drummer Damon Reece (Spiritualized, Massive Attack, Echo & The Bunnymen) and bassist Joe Allen (Roni Size, Alison Moyet) for a full-on band experience. Old-school Way Out West fans will not be disappointed, for, as the band points out, "we'll always be electronic" and the two guys on laptops are still there, though their now playing keyboards too, looping their rich signature soundscapes admit the live vocals, bass and drums.

We caught up with the trio as their tour passed through Los Angeles, and found out how the feel about living on a tour bus ("the sock smell in the morning is really intense") and catch some of their giddy pre-show humor!

Watch our WAY OUT WEST video interview

Their new album Don't Look Now is a 2-disc effort, including the album itself and a 2nd mixed CD of rare WOW tracks and other goodies! Don't Look Now glides from the staccato kick-drum and yearning vocals of upcoming single, "Anything But You," to the epic space age poignancy of "Everyday." Shift gracefully from the textured Balearic beats of "Chasing Rainbows" to the main room dirty odyssey of "Killa" through to rollicking bongo twists and mangled basslines on "Fear."

WOW CONTEST: WIN ONE OF TWO AUTOGRAPHED CDS!

To enter, email answers to these questions to contests@raves.com with the subject line "WOW Contest" by 1/1/05:

  1. your name and age
  2. where you live (city and state)
  3. why do you want to win the WOW contest?
We'll draw two winners. Each will receive a notification email from us - the winner must reply within 5 working days to claim their prize. Contest is open only to residents of the United States where not prohibited (sorry that's US law), and entrants under the age of 18 must have parental/guardian permission. Please see our Contest Rules for complete details.

Questions? Email jennifer@raves.com

 

WAY OUT WEST OFFICIAL BIO

Way Out West, a world-renowned progressive house act & remix act, was conceived in the bowels of Bristol UK in early 1993. DJ and producer Jody Wisternoff had just been introduced to Nick Warren, and after a few hours in the studio together, they realized they had a common musical vision. Jody's first collaboration with Nick was on a track called "Paradise is the Sound" which he and a friend had been working on. The next two releases were under the name "Echo" and the most popular versions were titled 'Way Out West Mix.' Originally intended as a remix project, the duo took a liking to the name and adopted it for the main act.

James Barton (A&R for Deconstruction in 1994) was suitably impressed with independent releases such as "Shoot" and "Montana" and signed them to Deconstruction - the only label Nick and Jody wished to join. "Ajare," a tune that hinted at what was to come with pop hooks, bizarre samples, meticulate synth stabs, & epic hindu swirlings, reached number 62 in the U.K. singles chart. The harder, trancier "Domination" followed before "The Gift" charted at number 15 and established Way Out West as one of the foremost house acts in the U.K. "Blue," a melodic trip hop groove, was released with a menacing club mix in 1997. "Ajare" was also re-released with an impressive new remix from the boys themselves and Brothers in Rhythm (aka Dave Seaman).

Way Out West's first eponymous album, The Gift, was released in 1997 to huge critical acclaim. With this album, Way out West tiptoed effortlessly into the gap between the mainstream and raveland and produced one of the finest British house albums yet released. Tracks such as "King of the Funk" and "Sequoia" seemed to provide the perfect summer soundtrack. The single "Blue" was seen on T.V. with its bizarre video featuring cult actor Harry Dean Stanton. Nick and Jody set off on tour and played high-powered live shows all over Europe (including Glastonbury Festival, Amsterdam (MTV party) and MIDEM in France).

Their next album, Intensify, a masterwork of swirling atmospherics, big trancy beats and a musical sensibility previously unprecedented within the genre, found a new home and was set for release in the UK on August 13th with the single of the same name (featuring the vocal talents of Aly Kennen) to be released the preceding week. The album appeared in the Dotmusic top 100 charts for that week, so it had obviously turned some heads. The album was released in North America by Nettwerk the following month. The next single, "Mindcircus," featuring the vocals of Tricia Lee Kelshall, was released to a great fanfare in March of 2002 and managed to hit #39 in the UK singles charts and #1 in the UK dance charts. It's success continued by reaching #15 in the U.S. dance charts. The loungecore "Stealth," possibly the finest moment on Intensify and featuring the angelic vocals of Kirsty Hawkshaw, is set to be the final single from the album, released on September 2nd.

Over this course of time, Way Out West have been taking their live act across the world, from Asia to Brazil, USA to Australia and back again. The live act features the vocal talents of Tricia Lee Kelshall and occasional appearances by Aly Kennen, special live versions of the album tracks as well as unreleased tunes, live sample manipulation, an invigorating light show tailored to the music and more. As excitement for progressive house builds in America and continues to develop and mutate in the UK and worldwide, look for Way out West at the forefront.



 

 
 

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