Real Name: Nicholas John Warren & Joseph Wisternoff
Genre: House / Progressive
Way Out West are a UK progressive house group consisting of English producers and DJs Jody Wisternoff and Nick Warren. Although originally named Echo they have produced and performed together as Way Out West for more than 15 years. Rightly hyped by god of dance Pete Tong in the mid 1990’s the duo burst on to the burgeoning progressive house scene teeming with invention.
They released their eponymous debut in 1997; the album spawned the singles “Blue” (a reinterpretation of the theme from the film Withnail and I), and the UK top 15 hit, “The Gift”. The release of their second album Intensify in 2001 was marked by a move from the defunct Deconstruction Records label to Distinctive Records, and a change in their sound, from club instrumentals and sampled vocals to a mixture of club tracks and original songs.
The duo released their third full length album in 2004, entitled Don’t Look Now, featuring the vocalist Omi on several tracks. This album incorporated more conventional song structures in addition to their drawn-out compositions. The album also included a mix CD, solidifying Way Out West as a remix act in addition to their prolific individual DJ careers.
The duo’s long-awaited fourth album, titled “We Love Machine,” was released in October 2009 on Hope Recordings / Armada Music, making it their fourth full album in sixteen years of partnership. The Way Out West LPs come slowly, like comets, but when they hit it’s with the impact of alien technology: Whilst Nick’s marriage to his beloved Global Underground line keeps him pinned to a factory of innovators, and Jody’s nu-disco sidestep show that the Way Out West partnership really is a match made in heaven.