Behind the Beats: Waze & Odyssey

October 7, 2014 By:
Behind the Beats: Waze & Odyssey
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Having the ability to channel the past into the present day while remaining contemporary and relevant is no mean feat. To then take one of RnB’s most seminal songs and turn it into a modern-day classic is quite possibly even more of an outstanding achievement. Waze & Odyssey have not only managed to tick both of those accomplishments off their bucket list, but they have also notched up a seriously impressive list of accolades in the short time they’ve been together. All the while they continue to press on with their unerring campaign to keep making house music of the highest calibre, traveling the globe performing dynamic DJ sets and generally being one of the most exciting acts to emerge from the electronic music world for quite some time.

It began with a meeting at the end of 2011 and has evolved into a partnership based on classic house music, ingenuity, innovation and creating those unforgettable moments of joy, euphoria and pure, unadulterated fun. It’s been just over two years since that first meeting and, in that time, Waze & Odyssey have performed at some of the world’s most influential club spaces; Panorama Bar (Berlin), fabric (London), Warehouse Project (Manchester), Chibuku (Liverpool), Monarch (San Fran), Arma 17 (Moscow) and many more.

In tandem with their globetrotting DJ schedule, they have also been responsible for a series of releases that have established them as a force to be reckoned with. Influential labels such as Wolf Music, Lets Play House, Tsuba and Throne of Blood have signed their tracks, as well as the duo releasing music via their own W&O Street Tracks label. Meanwhile their talents have also been employed to remix acts such as Disclosure, Duke Dumont and T.E.E.D.

Get to know more about the world-renowed Waze & Odyssey:


When and how did you first decide music was your life?

When you get your first play on radio. From the club floor to your first DJ gig. It’s never that black and white though, you grow into it.


Who gave you your biggest break in music?

There has never been a ‘big break’ as such, for us it’s come over hard work and time. It’s taken a lot of failed projects to get to this point.


What equipment do you use for production? What about DJing?

We run between FL studio & Ableton for the DAW’s, JUNO-60, JUPITOR-6, 101, 303, 808, 909, DMX, Linn, M1, DX7, Odyssey,etc.


What's the toughest part of the DJ lifestyle and how do you deal with it?

We have the best job in the world! There are things that challenge you but it's all worth it and any tough moments are dispelled when you drop that first record in a club that's poppin off!



How would you describe your process of creating a song from start to finish?

It’s different for everyone, but it’s just like a band does it. You just jam with the equipment you’ve got til an idea pops out.


Who has been your biggest inspiration musically? 

It's more old house albums: Homework by Daft Punk, Leftism by Leftifield, Remedy by Basement Jax along with all their indie labels, Roulé, Hard Hands, Atlantic Jax.


What’s the one song you love playing in your set right now?

Moderat - "Bad Kingdom" (DJ Koze Remix & Robag Wruhme Edit)


Who is your favorite up and coming artist right now?

Citizen, the boy can do no wrong in our eyes at the moment. Really on form!


What’s the one food you always include in your rider?

There’s no cake if that what you’re asking!?


Where do you see electronic music going in the next 5 years?

It’s an open plain, but it takes just one producer to change it all, or even one new type of synth oddly enough, but it’s very healthy. Everything runs in waves, it’s in one minute and out the next and so on.


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