In Conversation With…Weiss
What makes Weiss stand out as a DJ/producer? It’s the fact he embodies the spirit and simplicity of that original House sound. With a love of old school jackin’, Chicago House – combined with a modern approach to his productions and sets – as an artist he has a unique and individual style that’s won plaudits from across the scene.
After a spectacularly successful intro to the scene in 2013 which saw Weiss being championed by the likes of Groove Armada, Green Velvet, Loco Dice, Kenny Dope, Pete Tong & more, the hit single ‘My Sister’ rotating on BBC Radio 1 whilst staying strong in the Beatport top ten chart for over four months, and countless gigs all over Europe, it was plain to see that Weiss was here to stay. Following this lead, Weiss has risen to even greater heights, with his releases inspiring support from the most respected & freshest names in the industry, including Gorgon City, Eats Everything, Shadow Child, Hot Since 82, Claude Vonstroke, Green Velvet, Annie Mac and more.
Trends in dance music will always come and go, Weiss is an ambassador for real House music, championing the original Jackin’ Chicago house sound, and with a string of exciting projects, collaborations and hotly tipped releases on their way, expect nothing but the hottest and most underground cuts from this rising star.
Ahead of Toolroom Records at Egg London this Saturday with Mark Knight closing the month with Toolroom Live featuring Format: B, Dale Howard + Weiss City with Weiss, Walker & Royce and Christian Nielsen (30th).We sat down with him to discuss touring, 2017, the 600th Toolroom Release which he penned with Christian Nielsen recently and much more..
You’re about to embark on a North American tour in October, is this your first time in the US? Which part of the U.S are you most excited to play at and is that because you’ve heard good things?
I’ve been touring the U.S for many years now, and love it each time I go back. Recently I’ve felt a real resurgence in good underground house music over there again and on my last tour literally all of the 13 gigs I had were amazing! I really love playing some of the smaller intimate venues too and on this tour I can’t wait to play in Detroit for the first time – there is so much history there for house music, so I’m really excited about playing there.
Congratulations on your release on Tool600! Can you please tell us about how your collaboration with Christian Nielsen came about on the new track “Say It To Me”. What’s the concept behind the track?
For me, it captures what we’re both about. You can hear my influence on the track and you can hear Christian’s and I think that’s what collaborations should be about. After my track, ‘ You’re Sunshine’ I really wanted to carry on with a feel good, straight up House track and Christian was perfect for that. We have been friends for a while and had crossed paths on other projects on familiar labels, so when the opportunity came to work together we went for it and it just clicked.
The “Warp’ track on This Ain’t Bristol track is pretty dope and sounds very early Green Velvet. The way you work reflects some of the structures he uses is his music and it’s great, are you ever conscious of this when recording?
Thanks! I love that track. It’s chunky and it’s rough. Green Velvet is a huge inspiration – He’s a legend! We are actually working on something together at the moment to follow up our last collaboration, so watch this space!
You have an amazing amount of music production work under your belt and do you have any personal favourites and why do they mean so much to you?
Every track I produce showcases my sound. Everything from ‘My Sister’, ‘I Believe’, ‘You’re Sunshine’ to even my Dirtybird and This Aint Bristol productions like ‘Bounce’ & ‘Warp’. I think it’s important to write a record for a club, but also one that people can listen to at home, out at the gym, or something that just makes them feel good you know, and I think I tick both boxes with a lot of the tracks I produce. My music is accessible to a wide spectrum of house music lovers but I always think there’s that real classic, Chicago-inspired, proper house sound to it and you can always hear that. It’s chunky… it’s groovy, it’s that Weiss sound.
Being a lover purist of House music can you tell us are there any new up and coming DJ/Producers that have caught your ear?
There’s so many out there doing great things right now, Will Clarke, Walker & Royce & Billy Kenny are all doing great things right now.
You’ve formed a tight friendship with the infamous Toolroom crew and can you please tell us a little bit about how you got involved with them?
I’ve been friends with the guys at Toolroom for years, from the early days of the label when they first started, so our relationship isn’t just a working one, it’s more like a family vibe! During their RESET campaign a few years ago Toolroom really wanted to cement their sound and artist roster and go back to what they really stood for and loved doing, and they wanted me to be heavily involved which of course I was thrilled to. It was amazing to be huge part of the #RESET re-brand. The Toolroom Live mix gave me a chance as an artist to let people know what I was about, what my sound was. It was an amazing platform, and of course I’m still very much part of the family, and have enjoyed touring the world with them at many of their events, we’ve had some great times!
Your Weiss City party is part of their Toolroom Live event on Saturday September 30th and can you recall some of your highlights from some of the previous sold-out sessions?
There’s been so many big moments for me, in general just having so many of my friends come along and DJ with me, is such a special thing, and to have some of my heroes come to play my night has been amazing. When the S-Man – Roger Sanchez came to play I was so happy, and he didn’t disappoint, it was such a good night. Another stand out moment for me personally was when I dropped ‘You’re Sunshine’ not long after it had been first released, and the crowd just went mad for it, singing the lyrics and everything, people were smiling, hugging, it was a special moment! One thing I always say about Weiss City – It’s a happy, positive place to be, its just about good House music, no egos, attitudes or vip, just good house music from some of my favourite artists and DJ’s 🙂
You’ve played at Egg LDN numerous times now, what do you think makes Egg stand out in the U.K?
Everything about the club is perfect…it’s what signifies clubbing in the UK for me. The venue itself has this underground non pretentious feel and it’s a wicked space and the Terrace room where we do Weiss City is one of my favourite rooms to play in in the world. Also the staff, the sound system, the programming of the club and all the clubbers that go there regularly are spot on, it really makes it a special place, a clubbers club you know!
What kind of set can we expect from you at Toolroom Live on the 30th and tell us abut about the other guests on the line up with you and what makes them so special?
Well I’ll be showcasing some new material just for you guys, I’ve been working on my debut artist album a lot this year, so I will be road testing a few brand new tracks, plus of course some of the current ones too. I’ll also be playing an extra back to back set with Christian Nielsen which I’m really looking forward to. It’s the first time I’ve done that at a Weiss City so I think it will be really exciting, plus Christian is a wicked DJ so we know it’s going to be fun! Plus my good friends Walker & Royce will be joining us and these guys are blowing up right now and are such good DJs, I’ve played alongside them a few times now in the U.S and its always been wicked fun.
What exciting new projects are you working on?
I’m in the middle of working on a brand new artist album! I can’t say TOO much at the moment, but there’s some great stuff going on behind the scenes that will be dropping early next year, plus I’ve just finished a remix for Icarus which will be out soon on Pete Tong’s FFRR label, and another collaboration with Christian Nielsen is coming on Play It Down in November too!
What four tracks never leave your record box?
1. Rufus Chaka Khan “Ain’t Nobody”(Frankie Knuckles Hallucinogenic Remix)
2. Gat Decor “Passion”(Original Mix)
3. Ce Ce Rogers “Someday”(Extended Mix)
4. Golden Girls – Kinetic (Cubic 22 remix)
Finally is house music in a happy place?
100%, it originates from Disco, and that’s always been a happy place! 😉
Anything listening to to get us in the mood for the night?
You’re Sunshine… Nothing but good, positive House vibes.
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