08 Apr Woz x Venice Beach_Do Not Friday Mix 043
WOZ ( Black Butter, Materials / Bristol )
Woz, still in his 20s, has been both a guiding light and honourary son of the Bristol electronic music scene. He only saw beatmaking as a creative career when he was eighteen, starting with the nascent drum n bass and then dubstep circles in Bristol. A couple of years later and London had embraced him as one of their own, legendary heads like DJ EZ and Marcus Nasty giving him props and airtime alongside newer authorities like Toddla T and Roska.
It was after he started getting a lot of heat for his remix of Rudimental’s “Feel The Love” remix with Childish Gambino, however – appearing in Rolling Stone and building a name for himself stateside – that people thought his status might shift, too far gone for the underground credentials. Thankfully this hasn’t been the case; Woz’s foray into Detroit house with his track “Cherry Hill” showed that he could take on a classic US sound and still give it that dark, menacing UK edge that so excites his fan base over here. It was also the track that saw Woz step up his national radio plays significantly as well as on the underground – Klose One, Oneman, Skream in the club and Huw Stephens and Danny Howard on BBC Radio 1, as well as major sets at Space Ibiza, Secret Garden Party, Bestival and Glastonbury.
Woz is now focusing on a sparser sound – before he was felt a big, richly layered sound was necessary whereas now he feels it’s the percussive, starker take on musicality that’s equally valid. Using drum machines, making music in a more analogue fashion, learning more and more about the history and culture of sounds, he feels much better equipped to create new forms – and crucially – has the confidence to leave tracks as they are rather than embellish them unnecessarily. One of the UK’s foremost talents is developing, getting more creative and distilling his music to the very essence of a classic banger.