Here at Guerilla Sounds we are all about bringing you fresh talent; DJs with that rare flair for playing more than just commercial hard house; Producers with more inspiration than making a bouncy bassline with three chords thrown in to make sure people recognise it everywhere, Mixologists that not only understand what tunes mix but also why, how, when and where to do it. To do this we have to trawl through hours of music; endless streams of mixes and remixes, recognising what’s been done, what is pressing the right buttons today and even what could be great in the future. There are rare times when you really feel like somebody is just so on the money you need to talk about it, you want to get excited about it, Warren East just happens to be one of those people.
Just signed to Eivissa Soul and making his debut at Ministry on the 18th November for Casatech, things are moving pretty fast for Warren, whose clean cut off time beat placement coupled with great phasing and treble intuition, all infused with melancholy breaks are capturing the attention of some big players in the house scene. In light of this we asked Warren to make a special mix, just for us, and the result speaks volumes as to why he’s a fast growing name in the industry.
Warren East Promo mix:
Where to start with this mix… it isn’t techy, it isn’t tribal and instinctual, definitely isn’t cheesy or old school, it isn’t punchy or in your face, it isn’t chillout or slow moving, it isn’t minimal or progressive, it isn’t hard house, it isn’t soft house. This leaves me with a dilemma; the only definitive adjectives I find myself with are quirky, deep and awesome, which frankly don’t do it any sort of justice whatsoever… It’s all about chasing that musical vibe in house we know and love.
Music is about feeling: feeling good, feeling the atmosphere, feeling alive. When a DJ feels the music then it shows in everything they do; from the tiny things that most people would never notice, right down to having a really good idea of what works without being too in-your-face to enjoy. It is when you hear these DJ’s you find something strange happening, new styles emerging that leave reviewers lost for words; in need of new ways to comprehend what it is they are hearing.
Yes, it has many things a lot of great mixes have nowadays; rolling basslines and clean cut beats with thought out timing and layer-shifting but it also has what a more sentimental person would call ‘The X-factor’; a quality that is almost impossible to quantify or replicate but is definitive in style and recognisable instantly as pretty darn good. What this X-factor boils down to is a love of DJing.
Amazed by the promo mix, I caught up with him to ask him a few questions about his style and what the future has in store.
Describe your musical style in 3 words:
“Deep, emotional and sophisticated.”
“I play a variety of different underground styles that all have key elements and sounds that I look for. I focus on deep bass lines, intricate 3 dimensional flows with dark and edgy nuances. Uplifting breaks are essential in my tracks. My sets aim to take you on an intricately woven and magical carpet ride through sound.”
Who is your hero in the house world?
“One in particular is Mr John Digweed. When he and Sasha launched their ‘Northern Exposure’ CD, the sound was so unique and special and captured my attention immediately. Great thanks also go to the Greats and Pioneers of the scene today- Sasha, Tenaglia, Lawler, Cox, Tomeii, Seamen, Cattaneo, Nick Warren. They are my inspiration and reason for doing what I am doing. Thank you gentlemen for all you’ve done!”
So what’s coming up in the future for you?
“I’ve just been signed by Eivissa Soul which I am really excited about. There are great things in the pipeline with these guys and I’m proud to be a part of this dynamic label. I just want to DJ on a global scale rocking dance floors and doing what I love doing and really get cracking on the production side of things as of next year. Watch this space…”