First spinning tracks together at the tail end of 2011, London-based DJ duo Waze and Odyssey have come an exceptionally long way. In under three years the producers have smashed out a slew of sensational, crowd-pleasing sets, playing ever party from Berlin’s Boiler Room to London’s best festival bills, as well as spearheading their own electronic imprint, W&O Street Tracks.
Fostering well-known DJ talents including Citizen and Ejeca through their label start up, W&O have achieved an impressive roll call of hits themselves including 2012’s ‘Love The Burns (Hot Enough)‘ and now club anthem ‘Bump & Grind‘.
Proving there’s much more to this duo than just a catchy R. Kelly edit, HBF’s Charlotte Cijffers sat down with Serge Santiágo and Firas Waez to talk summer tour dates, their plan for Street Tracks and the EDM debate.
HBF: You’ve been smashing out amazing releases and playing some stellar parties since you formed in 2011, why did you initially decide to work as a duo? Do you think two heads are better than one?
The simple answer is that it’s better with two; bouncing ideas, traveling, working etc. Rolling around on your own is a little numbing at times as we both experienced in the past. The fact that we’re into the same thing and get on is a bonus!
HBF: You formed your own label, W&O Street Tracks and have had some pretty impressive signing including Ejeca and Citizen, what new up-and-comers are currently on your radar?
You’ll have to wait and see ;)
HBF: Your Berlin Boiler Room set (April, 2013) is still one of my favourite ever, how do you prepare for a set that you know will have so much global exposure? Do you plan and prepare or is it totally on the fly?
One of us was out there already, the other had a nightmare journey with delayed flights and got there with minutes to go – to be honest there wasn’t a whole load of preparation that went in other than crate digging, we maybe thought about the beginning and how we would start it off but you can’t ever plan stuff like that.
HBF: You recently released a new EP ‘Real Good Like’ on your own label, tell us about the story behind the EP, what did you want to show listeners they hadn’t seen you do before?
We want to keep it steady, there are no intentions with anything, it’s about whatever feels right – it’s all house music in whatever form it presents itself.
HBF What’s your standpoint on America’s sudden embrace of electronic music and the stateside EDM phenomenon?
Who are we to say what people should / shouldn’t be listening to? We do what we do. The states isn’t all about EDM though, there are a load of dope parties across the states. For example right now LA has got a really cool warehouse scene happening…cities like Chicago have clubs like Smart Bar (established in 1982) – it’s all good baby.
HBF: Speaking of travel, where else can we expect to see you play this year? Do you prefer festival or club vibes when you DJ?
We’ve got a busy summer coming up with a full diary of festivals and all our usual club running’s. They’re both good for different reasons, and clubs differ so much between them in the same way festivals do, so there’s no point in comparing.