Amos Nelson and Rich Beanland simply describe themselves as two guys from Bristol making house music – a modest statement by the talented duo. With the few productions they’ve already released on labels like Leftroom and Get Physical, Waifs & Strays has been causing ripples in the underground.
Just from checking out the tracks, I’m predicting a surge of attention heading toward the duo with the upcoming release of their new EP Body Shiver on Hot Creations Oct 24. Even featuring a sexy remix by Hot Natured, the EP feeds you spoonfuls of that rich bass that has become a staple of the Waifs & Strays sound.
We got to catch up with Amos Nelson and discuss the new EP and what’s to come from Waifs & Strays. Read what he had to say and listen to a preview of the Body Shiver EP below.
As Waifs & Strays you’ve already released EPs with some pretty reputable labels like Leftroom and Get Physical. How did you link up with the Hot Creations guys for your upcoming release, Body Shiver?
We have known Jamie for a while through mutual friends. He liked Yeah Yeah and asked if we would be up for sending him some tracks in the future. We sent a few over, and luckily he liked them enough to put them out on Hot Creations.
Are there plans to stick to any label in particular or are you guys just going with the flow of who picks up your music?
No plans at the moment to stick with a particular label as such, but we are lucky to be associated with some great labels with Leftroom, Hot Creations and Futureboogie. We’re happy to keep working with them.
At mybeatFix, we love your track “Yeah Yeah” that was released back in June. In fact, we charted it as one of the top tracks of the summer. But it was obviously produced more than a year ago as Heidi played it on BBC Radio 1 in July of 2010. Why did it take so long to release?
Sometimes it’s just the way it goes. Labels have release schedules that they have sorted out so there is always a delay from when a tune gets signed to when it gets released. We really wanted it to come out on Leftroom, but due to their schedule the earliest release date was in the Autumn. We talked with them and agreed that it’s really a summer record so we decided to wait until the Miami music conference until it was released.
Did you expect the amount of praise the track got even before its release?
No, never! Of course when we made it we were pretty happy with it, but it was made quite early on in our production career, so at that point we were just happy it got signed! The amount of amazing feedback from both DJs and clubbers that followed was pretty mind-blowing.
You and Rich both have somewhat different backgrounds in music. How did you end up producing together?
I needed a track mastering and a mutual friend put us together. We just decided to see what happened if we made a track and it went from there.
In terms of producing, what do each of you bring to the table? Do you guys always kick it together and produce, or do you send tracks back and forth?
We both have strengths and weaknesses, but that’s probably why we work well together – we both bring something different to the table. There’s no set formula, some tracks are made more by one person than the other, and others are more 50:50. Ultimately though, we both have to be happy with the track before it goes anywhere.
What’s to come? Productions? Tours? Can we expect you on this side of the Atlantic any time soon?
Definitely keep producing! We really hope to be able to come to the US and looking to try to get to Miami for the music conference if not before.
And on one last unprofessional note: We love you guys. Please come to Miami soon and keep making awesome music.
Thanks, we love you too!