` Catching up with Waifs & Strays

Catching up with Waifs & Strays

Ahead of his set a Lightbox on January 27th, we spoke to Waifs and Strays about what he’s been up to recently and how 2017 is piecing together!

Do you want to introduce yourselves to our readers, telling them who you are and what you’re known for?

My name is Amos and I DJ and produce as Waifs & Strays, there used to be two of us but now its just me.

I’ve been lucky enough to release music on labels such as Hot Creations, Leftroom, VIVA, Futureboogie, Of Unsound Mind and Material and I’m playing the Shuush 4th birthday at Lightbox.

You originate from Bristol, a city very well known for its thriving music scene. How did growing up in Bristol influence your sound, and were there any artists /club nights in particular you attended that stand out?

I actually grew up in London! But I came to Bristol to study so most of my early clubbing days were here. Clubs like Club Loco and Lakota in the early days were a huge influence. I went on to work for nights such as Karanga and Scream which were some of the biggest nights in the early 2000s and then later Motion, which is currently smashing it. The whole city has such a rich musical and creative heritage and you can see it and hear it everywhere you go. Its quite a small city compared to somewhere like London so nearly everyone in the scene knows and influences each other.

Outside of the Bristol music scene, what other artists were you inspired by growing up?

It was really the early house music artists such as Frankie Knuckles, Kerri Chandler, Roger Sanchez, Derrick Carter people like that in the US and then DJs such as Carl Cox, Pete Tong etc in the UK. My love of dance music started with house music and l guess they were the real inspiration.

How does it feel to have releases on labels like Leftroom, Hot Creations, Of Unsound Mind and be associated with artists such as Skream, Jamie Jones + more?

its a bit surreal, I mean these guys are legends, so to be associated with them in any way is really amazing, and then to have them like your music enough to release on their labels?! Yeah its pretty incredible feeling.

How did the dynamic change when Rich left the duo back in 2014?

I had been DJing for years, so I was totally comfortable going solo behind the decks, but the real change was in the studio. It was a real shame Rich stopped but he had his reasons and we are still friends.

You played the Madtech takeover at Lightbox in 2014, what are your memories of the venue?

Lightbox is such an incredible venue – those lights man! But its also a really great shape with great sound. Its really one of my favourite rooms to play!

Looking forward to the Shuush 4th Birthday, what are you expecting from the Shuush crowd and can you give a preview to what kind of a set you’ll be playing?

You’ll just have to wait and see!

Beyond the 27th January, what can we expect from you in 2017?

I have releases planned on Jacky’s Red Lunar label, Under No Illusion, and Abode records, to name a few, plus some great gigs lined up. Also continuing with my label Lovecrimes, which we started last year. All in all I can’t wait to see what happens!

Amos plays at Lightbox on January 27th for the Shuush 4th birthday alongside Russ Yallop.
Click the image below for tickets + event info!
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