W&W: going full speed!
A year of no limits, crossing borders and making miles, lies behind the duo of W&W. Another one is ahead. Willem and Ward, no longer rookies to the game, have big things in prospect for 2011. The future beholds the absolute highlight of their young musical career: the very first W&W artist album. Highly anticipated by the trance community, the thirst for more W&W sounds will have to be quenched with the magnifying 'Impact', freshly released on the Captivating label. As the official anthem to Entrance presents Armada Night, March 5th in Poland, 'Impact' reveals a familiar and beloved side of W&W: epic, big room and explosive. As always, the duo hit full throttle and the track is growling its way into the hearts of ten-thousands of trance lovers. What else is ahead? W&W reveals!
Hey guys, it’s been a while. How have you been doing? Did 2011 start out the way you imagined? W&W:"2011 started even better than we imagined! Our latest tune 'Impact', which recently got released on Captivating Sounds, receives amazing support! Also the reactions on the dance floor are great, we always see people go crazy when we play it! Another track from our upcoming album, called 'AK-47', is also well received by the audience. We are very happy with that, especially because it's a bit different than our previous work."
'Impact' is already the second anthem you guys produced. The official theme for the Dutch Riverdance Festival two years ago also came from the W&W studio. Do you feel you guys have grown in the meantime?
W&W:"Absolutely! A lot of things happened in the meanwhile. We constantly learn new stuff and we're always improving our production techniques. In our opinion we have a broader and more mature sound now, but our tracks still contain the same W&W feeling as they always had."
Of course you guys are also going to play in downtown Bydgoszcz at Entrance pres. Armada Night. Looking forward to it? What makes the Polish crowd different from any other?
W&W:"We have a special feeling with Poland, we played our first big gig together there and the people just love the big room and energetic style we play. Also, Poland has one of the most educated crowds. We always look forward playing there!"
Having a look at the W&W tour schedule, it's obvious that you guys are familiar with the big events and festivals: Trance Energy, A State of Trance 450 and Transmission. Do you think the W&W sound belongs to a bigger setting, or does a smaller club night also make a great scenery for your sets?
W&W:"Of course we always adjust our sets to the size and atmosphere of the venue. We love to play big festivals and arenas, but clubs can also be great. The connection with the crowd, for instance, is great in a club because most of the clubs have the DJ booth very close to the people."
In 2008 you told us your debut track ‘Mustang’ was inspired by Armin’s A State Of Trance 300 celebration. In the meantime you were added to the shows line-up for the third year in a row. Is it still exciting for you to be a part of this massive event or is it more like the warm feeling of coming home?
W&W:"We're very excited to play two of the parties this year, and we want to thank every single person who voted for us! We think ASOT is such a special event which has a special feeling and charm to it. All the global trance fanatics get connected and are looking forward to this event. We can't wait to play there and show everyone our new tracks!"
‘Mustang’ was only the very beginning of your impressive discography. Last year collaborations like ‘Break The Rules’ with Ben Gold and ‘Alligator Fuckhouse’ featuring Jonas Stenberg became part of it as well. Any new collaborations ahead?
W&W:"Yeah, we did a huge tune with upcoming talent Wezz Devall! It's going to be featured on our upcoming album. We made a lot of setups with other producers as well; we only have to find time to finish them."
Each and every single release you guys have had, has been supported by the big jocks, the crowd loves you and you've outgrown the 'new talent' tag. Feels like it's right about time for the next step, huh? Album, anyone?
W&W:"We're working on our first artist album as we speak. It's finally shaping up which we're really happy about of course, because we're working on it for a year now. It's going to be quite a diverse album, containing everything you can expect if you hear us play live. It's scheduled to be released in June this year so keep your eyes open!"
In one of our previous interviews you described your sound as ‘big room trance with a techy edge’. How will you reflect this on the album? Is there anything you can already tell us about the tracks on there?
W&W:"There are definitely some big room trancers on it in the style you are used to from us. We also took that style to another level with tracks like 'Impact' and 'AK-47' for example. You can also find us doing some more trancy, housy and deeper tunes on there. We’re trying to keep it well balanced and a good reflection of our DJ sets."
What about vocal tracks, is there any in the making?
W&W:"We actually already did 2 vocal tracks and the third one is in the making as we speak."
For the next few months, you're probably locked inside the studio. Will you guys see any daylight?
W&W:"Yeah, we're in the studio every spare minute when we're not on tour! The coming months we have to finish all the tracks that we've written the last months, so we guess it won't be any different. If the sky is not too clouded in Buenos Aires we will finally see the sun again as we're probably there for a few days. ;) "
'W&W - Impact' is now available on iTunes and Beatport! For more info on Armada Night, check here.