GONE FISHING WITH NICK WARREN

GONE FISHING WITH NICK WARREN

Hi Nick. Hope you’re well and thanks for taking the time out to talk to us. Just to sum it up for the youngest fans out there who may not have followed your entire career… You were the tour DJ with Massive Attack and later became resident DJ at the super club Cream. That led on to playing everywhere across the planet and one of the longest and most impressive careers of any DJ in history. Where do you get your drive from?
I love what I do and still have a huge desire to make and find electronic music, its an addiction I suppose :) For my own music . For the DJing side I feel I am playing the best music of my life, taking a deeper route than in the past has been inspiring and for my radio shows it is a pleasure to try to promote other peoples amazing music.

Nick your career spans over 2 decades! Tell us how this makes you feel.
I am a very lucky man, I have seen so many changes in the scene over the years. But still after all those years I get so excited when I hear a great piece of music or play in an incredible club, I am truly blessed and it’s all down to my fans.

How did you get started in EDM , and what were your first influences?
Well I was always the one with a cassette tape and whenever I went to parties I usually was the guy who everyone turned to in order to get some music going. Then people asked me to DJ at house parties, and then at small clubs, bigger clubs, and finally the whole rave scene!

Whats your favorite venue to play at?
I think the best club is the Passion of Buenos Aires in Argentina. Then just up the road there are a few great clubs in Brazil that are right on the sand and ocean. My favorite one is called BLAT, and it just a dark room underground with no light in there at all–the only light is on the CD player and you can’t see any faces. If it gets too hot they just open the roof and it’s like natural air conditioning.

Is there still a place you dream about where you haven’t been playing yet?
A private party in a lodge with the best Salmon fishing in Scandinavia would be great :)

We understand you’re a keen fisherman. D’you prefer rivers or sea fishing? And any good locations you can recommend? 
I am an obsessive fly fisherman, Argentina. Scotland, Iceland in fact anywhere with lovely clear clean water you will find me peering into the depths. The USA has some wonderful destinations to fish, Montana, Colorado and of course Alaska.

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Of the ones you’ve been allowed to keep, which was the hardest fish to land? 
The Atlantic salmon is a wonderfully wild fish and my favourite.

In what ways do you see your abilities to reach out to your fanbase improving with the arrival of new technology?
Technology has made your fanbase worldwide; it’s like everyone is your next door neighbor. All the new technology in the DJing world is making the whole experience accessible to everyone with programs such as Ableton, Logic, and Reason. This just means that DJing is not an impossible task anymore, because now you can learn to make a track in a matter of days of weeks.

Do you have any predictions for this decade regarding how the music industry will change?
I’m thinking and hoping that there might be a trend for people to come through and gravitate towards a physical product. People like to hold on to something and have something to touch so that they will remember it all of their lives, like a book. There are also going to be a lot of bands doing vinyl again.

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What is the perfect way to end a night post- set?
In my early days it was probably an afterparty, though now if I can have a glass of wine and can get into bed and sleep well that would be perfect. I like my sleep nowadays.

What’s something about your self that you’d like your fans around the world to know?
Just keep faith in the music and keep searching for those special records. I love finding hidden gems on sites and blogs that may have never appeared on Beatport or iTunes.

Any secrets about Nick Warren you still haven’t told us about?
I have never caught a fish in Denmark and that frankly has to change.