Nick Warren




(71) 20.04.2001
(14) 23.11.2002


Home @ London
Slinky @ Exeter
Fabric @ London
Homelands @ Ibiza
Ministry of Sound @ London
Cream @ Ibiza
God's Kitchen @ Birmingham
Eden @ Lincolnshire
Passion @ Midlands
Space @ Ibiza
Renaissance @ Kings Cross
Bed @ Sheffield

You can tell when Nick Warren's on the decks. The music emanating 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.

Nick, a music obsessive who grew up on punk, reggae and pop was, like so many DJs turned onto the power of house music in the late 80s. Living in Bristol, he'd been playing tunes for a few years before, running his own club night, Wiggle, in the city with a friend and he took immediately to this new sound coming from America. In 1990, a new house club, Vision took the city by storm and in a perfect bit of timing, he was offered the chance to play in the upstairs room, spinning weird downbeat Balearic records and mixing house with music by The Clash and Frank Sinatra. Catching the attention of a group of guys who had their own band, he was roped in to tour with them as their DJ when they went to play America. The group was Massive Attack.

Nick WarrenAs their official DJ, he began working on music of his own, even joining the Massive remixing team at one stage. At the same time, people were beginning to notice this quietly-spoken DJ from Bristol, the way that he really understood what made people dance, yet never compromised his vision of what good music should be. He started, unsurprisingly to get written about in the dance music magazines. Here was someone, they said, who could rock it with the best of them, yet who also stood out as a person with their own unique style, mixing straight up house with trancier material, throwing in breakbeats to keep the flow going, playing the most up to the minute music that somehow also reflected a rich musical heritage.

Joining up with another Bristol producer, Jody Wisternoff in 1994 to form Way Out West, they recorded the seminal 'Ajare' single together, a huge progressive house club hit. Three years later, and with the duo now signed to Deconstruction, it was re-released, this time breaking into the charts and finally, the nation's consciousness. Then came'The Gift'. With a memorable hook line culled from an old hardcore track, its mix of ambient soundscapes and breaks won it universal plaudits, sending Nick and Jody onto Top Of The Pops and catapulting Nick into the league of the superstar DJ. Their album, 'Blue' took every single one of the pair's influences and shaped them into a groundbreaking collection of tracks that stayed in the CD players of the UK and beyond for a long, long time.

Nick was now travelling the world as a DJ, playing in Singapore, Australia and eastern Europe, taking his sound to places that he could have once only dreamed about going to. Liverpool superclub, Cream offered him a residency in recognition of his talent and in 1999 he recorded a mix for the highly respected Global Underground mix CD series. At present he has just finished recording a new Way Out West album with Jody for Deconstruction and there'll be another Global Undergound mix coming out soon as well. Nick Warren isn't for standing still, he loves what he's doing too much for that, but you know that already.

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Some mix compilations:

Global Underground 003 - Prague
Global Underground 008 - Brazil
Global Underground 011 - Budapest
Global Underground 018 - Amsterdam
Ministry presents: The Sound of Homelands
Renaissance: Revelation
Cream live: Two

Some remixes:

Liquid - Sweet Harmony '95
Saint Etienne - Angel
Dubstar - Stars
Dubstar - Not So Manic Now
JX - Nothing I Won't Do
Italia - Last Rhythm
The Orb - Toxygene
Roni Size - Share the Fall
Faithless - Salva Mea
Clanger - Sea Dog
Marco Zaffarino - The Band
Karen Ramirez - Troubled Girl
Lustral - Everytime
Lucky Monkey - Bjango
Republica - Bitch
B.B.E. - Desire
Luminaire - Flower Duet
Castle Trancelott - Indoctrinate
Jose Padilla - Sabor De Verano
Paul Van Dyk - For An Angel
Poseidon - Supertransonic
Le Voie - Le Soleil
Hybrid - If I Survive
Inner City - Good Life
Joi - Asian Vibes
Orbital - Nothing Left