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Music interview – Way Out West: ‘We’re going back to the rock and roll way of doing things’

Way Out West. Picture: Nirav Solanki
Way Out West. Picture: Nirav Solanki
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Electronic duo Way Out West are back with a new album and tour. Ahead of their gig at Brudenell Social Club Nick Warren, who formed the group with Jody Wisternoff, spoke to Rob Chadwick.

So you’re 25 years to the good with Way Out West, tell us about the recent project?

Our new album Tuesday Maybe was released in 2017, and we have the remix album Tuesday Maybe (Remixed) coming out in early February. It’s a selection of great remixes from people such as Guy J, Atish, I: Cube, and many more.

And the major changes in your productions and set-up, how does it vary from your previous work?

The set-up in the studio evolves naturally over the years as we love to buy new gear and expand our collection of synthesisers – the live show we are touring includes some of that gear.

With both of you having really solid solo careers, was it a perfect time to come back and do this?

The tour is very much back to basics: all of us in a van with the gear, no frills, no posh hotels, and no DJ high life.

Nick Warren, Way Out West

This is the question that keeps coming back, haha! We never stopped working on Way Out West, but we were also working on solo material at the same time. Both sides will continue: new Way Out West material is being worked on already, Jody just had a solo single released on Anjunadeep, and I will soon be releasing some music on my own The Soundgarden label.

You’ve also remixed some key artists like Ian Brown, James Holden and of course Orbital in the past, what was that like and can we expect more in the future?

To be honest we don’t do a lot of remixing these days – we prefer to concentrate on our own material.

Tell us about the tour and what you have coming up?

The tour is very much back to basics: all of us in a van with the gear, no frills, no posh hotels, and no DJ high life. We’re going back to the rock and roll way of doing things.

You’re also here in Leeds, a place where electronic music has had a heartbeat for over 30 years. What are your finest memories here?

I am a big fan of Yorkshire. I’ve had so many special moments there – playing for Dave Beer in the past, trips to the Dales, fly fishing on the River Wharfe... Love the place.

And after the tour will be back on the solo wagon?

We will be pushing on with Way Out West and also continuing with our solo projects.

Way Out West play at Brudenell Social Club, Leeds on Thursday February 8. www.wayoutwestmusic.co.uk