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Questions Top100 DJs 2008 - admin - 2015-06-30 17:21

An eclectic mix of electronic music
Best known for: 
Way Out West
Tune of the year: 
Way Out West 'Spaceman (Robert Babicz Remix)'
Producer of 2008: 
Robert Babicz
First record you ever brought: 
Bob Dylan 'Knocking On Heaven's Door'
Weirdest thing you've seen all year: 
Being sat on a plane in Bogota and watching an earthquake of 7.2 on the Richter scale rumble the runway. It scared the living daylights out of me.
Top gadget of 2008: 
As always… my Powerbook.
Your year in five words...: 
Hard work, exciting, tiring and worthwhile.
Most important thing you've learnt recently: 
Never listen to other DJs' sets. I don't and I really love not being influenced by anything other than my own tastes.

It's 20 years since prog protagonist Nick Warren broke on to the Bristol DJ scene and became Massive Attack's original tour DJ. This year brought yet another Global Underground album (an unmatched eighth) and another year circumnavigating the globe. But has the constant routine of the global DJ started to wear, we wonder? "It's not a constant routine," he corrects, still buzzing off the 3000-strong stadium crowd at the GU launch party in Lima. "It's an absolute joy. I fly around the world playing music to people. Any DJ you speak to who moans… give them a fuckin' good slap from me!" With his 'Lima' mix weaving a blissful blend of classy prog, deep tech textures and melodic strains, Warren's DJ palette continues to be coloured from richly diverse shades. "There's been a real coming together of cool underground music," he believes. "You listen to Richie Hawtin or Sven Väth or Sasha or myself and we're really not that far apart from each other." Also in close quarters is the awaited fourth Way Out West LP, following the recent single 'Spaceman'. "It's very modern but classic Way Out West at the same time," reveals Warren. "There are big strings, mad effects, big basslines, a few breaks bits. And in 'One Bright Night' we've got another 'Gift' and the ultimate Way Out West downtempo track."