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In Conversation: Waze & Odyssey

In Conversation: Waze & Odyssey


Waze & Odyssey
have been lighting up dancefloors all of of the world since their coming together in 2011 with their bouncy selections and party starting remixes and edits. Recent output on their own W&O Street Tracks label has been turning heads thanks to a mixture of their own production and up and coming artists, providing the pair with a plethora of dancefloor approved records whenever they take to the decks. This Saturday Waze & Odyssey will be delving into their record collection alongside the likes of Sidney Charles and Sante at Mint Warehouse, Leeds. We caught up with the duo for a quick chat ahead of the show to get the lowdown on some of their recent go to selections during their sets.

Hi guys, how’re things?
We're good - after a ravey weekend in Dublin we've been busy back in the studio again finishing some more originals and remixes.

It’s almost the time of year where festival season kicks in here in the UK, have you got a busy summer ahead? 
We've got a real busy summer, but we've made sure we've kept some time out so that we can continue writing. We're doing everything from Glastonbury to Secret Garden Party Festival, we're doing a few shows for the Elrow family at Hideout and Parklife Festival and one more in Europe so look out for those as they're always fun - plus a load of European festivals so it's feeling good. 

Waze & Odyssey is pretty much a household name these days, but let’s pretend for a moment that it’s not: if you had to choose one of your own releases to show what you’re all about, what would it be? 
We'd probably say one of our most recent tracks On The Downlow.

You’ve got two Boiler Rooms under your belt now, including a sweaty-looking affair in London. How does mixing in front of the cameras compare to mixing in the darkness of a club? Is there an added pressure?
The first in Berlin was definitely nerve wracking, Serge's plane was delayed so he had to get another and nearly missed the show but once he got there the relief was evident and you could definitely tell how jubilant we were. London we loved! It was great being on home turf and the response was pretty nuts for it. It felt like a proper party in London, people really lost their s**t and you can tell from the video. So many of these live streams can be people stood around texting their mate watching at home. 

Next weekend you return to Leeds to play at Mint Warehouse alongside Sidney Charles and Sante, how have your experiences of Leeds crowds been so far?
Big fan of Leeds, we've had some great shows in the city and some great nights out. Looking forward to playing Mint Warehouse for the first time. 

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Your touring schedule tends to be pretty extensive, so where would you say you’ve most enjoyed playing?
We've been lucky to travel far and wide from LA to Hong Kong to Beirut to Melbourne - everywhere is different and has their own scene and vibe - we're just lucky we get to see all that and experience it. LA has been really kind to us, they have some great warehouse parties happening called Faraway that are great. 

Heavy touring schedules will more than likely include appearances at number of festivals. Do you approach sets at a festival differently that you normally would at the club nights? Do you experience much of a transition between the 2?
Each show is different first and foremost, from capacity to vibe, time of day also makes a difference. Festivals people tend to go a bit bigger, that's just the way it is. Club nights, depending on the size, can be more of an intimate affair and you can play different records. You can't ever pre-empt it, you have to roll with it at the time (a lot more fun this way too).

Final question then - you’ve got the crowd onside and it’s about to hit peak time, so next selection’s an important one. What’s your unstoppable record which is guaranteed to cement your set as the night’s highlight?
David Jach - Cracking Drop has been hitting it for us recently.

Interview by Andrew Kemp
 

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