Legendary British house DJ/producer Nick Warren is currently gigging around the country. We jumped on the horn to have a quick chat with him between shows about his travels and latest compilation release.
Where are you and what are you wearing? I am at home and I’ve just got my trackie pants on at the moment (laughs). If you looked at me right now, you would think that I had just been out running or at the gym, but it’s not that at all. I’m just a lazy slob sitting at home working on some music (laughs). What are you working on? I am working on a Lana Del Rey remix actually. Another Lana Del Rey remix. There’s already so many of them. Yes, there really is too many already isn’t there? But we are taking a slightly different approach to it though. We’re going to do a down tempo, country and western, broken beat mix. It’s going to be weird but it’s going to be fun and very different (laughs).
You’ve been in the industry for quite a while now. You even used to tour with Massive Attack. How was life with those guys? God, the Massive Attack boys were a big influence on me in the early days. They are really great guys and lots of fun to tour with as well. We had such a laugh flying around the world with that lot. It was never boring (laughs).
You’re in Australia for a few shows at the moment. Is it good to be back? Yeah, it’s great to come back. It’s always a load of fun. It’s such a long way as you know but it’s always worth it. I’ll be doing a couple of afternoon shows which will be really fun and I’m also heading over to New Zealand to do a few. It’s going to be great. I really love doing the Future Music tours actually. It’s always a big gang of great people touring around Australia together. Last time I was there it was me, John Digweed and The Prodigy all flying around Australia on the same plane, staying at the same hotels; that was always really great fun. I can’t complain about any of it to be honest (laughs).
Can you let us in on any of the tour shenanigans that went down? Oh god, they would kill me (laughs). But I will tell you about this one time after a Future Music Festival in Perth; we all went back to the hotel and there was a wedding going on in the ballroom. Sven Vath had a drink or two and just walks straight into the wedding and invited all of the bridesmaids up to his room for a party. The blokes in the wedding were not happy with that at all (laughs). That’s all I can tell you (laughs).
You are currently working on Renaissance: The Master Series, your 13th compilation album. What can you tell us about it? 13. It’s mad, isn’t it? But it’s all done actually. I’m really pleased with it too. The first CD is kind of like a film score sort of style, weird noises and so forth. The second CD is more suited for the clubs. I think it may be the best one I have done. I may say that about all of the records I make but I really do think this one is the best (laughs). Actually, let’s say it’s up there with Renaissance: Reykjavik and Renaissance: Paris; they are probably the best ones I’ve ever done.
What does the future hold for Nick Warren? Well, next year will be pretty exciting. We are working on another Way Out West album, which is pretty good. I’ve got some solo work underway as well. But yeah, I’m just going to keep getting excited about music, finding those young producers that are making fantastic music and just keep pushing on.
Nick Warren has one more show to perform in Australia at The Met in Brisbane on Saturday, December 15. Get all of those details here.
This is the sort of thing you can expect:
Grab a copy of Nick’s latest release, Renaissance: The Master Series now over at his official webstore.