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Way Out West

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Bristol, United Kingdom (1993 – present)

There are 2 artists using the name “Way Out West”. One is a hugely successful British House music and remix act and the other being an Australian World Jazz group.

British: A world-renowned progressive house and remix act, was conceived in the bowels of Bristol, UK in early 1993. DJ and producer Jody Wisternoff had just been introduced to Nick Warren, and after a few hours in the studio together, they realized they had a common musical vision. Jody Wisternoff and Nick Warren have also maintained careers as successful DJs, both individually and together as Way Out West.

Jody’s first collaboration with Nick, under the name sub-version 3, was on a track called “Paradise is the Sound” which he and a friend had been working on. The next two releases were under the name “Echo” and the most popular versions were titled “Way Out West Mix.” Originally intended as a remix project, the duo took a liking to the name and adopted it for the main act.

James Barton (A&R for Deconstruction in 1994) was suitably impressed with independent releases such as “shoot” and “Montana” and signed them to Deconstruction - the only label Nick and Jody wished to join. “Ajare,” a tune that hinted at what was to come with pop hooks, bizarre samples, meticulate synth stabs, and epic hindu swirlings, reached #62 in the UK singles chart. The harder, trancier “Domination” followed before “The Gift” charted at #15 and established Way Out West as one of the foremost house acts in the UK. “Blue,” a melodic trip-hop groove, was released with a menacing club mix in 1997. “Ajare” was also re-released with an impressive new remix from the boys themselves and Brothers In Rhythm (a.k.a. Dave Seaman).

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