Music in 2018 with Nick Warren

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As part of our ‘Music in 2018’ series, we’ve turned towards an artist who has dominated the scene for more than two decades. Nick Warren remains one of the most respected names amongst electronic music, with his unwavering ability to work any crowd. His list of accolades are endless: 8 albums for Global Underground, curator of record label, events, and bi-montly radio show dubbed The Soundgarden, and a monstrous touring schedule that has seen him play every self-respecting club on the planet. Yet more importantly, Nick Warren holds his title of honour for being a wonderfully warm, down-to-earth and world-conscious individual. Thus, it’s with great admiration that we share Nick Warren’s reflections on 2018 and hopes for what’s still to come.

The biggest challenge I saw within the electronic music industry in 2018 was…

I think that within the electronic music scene we have to come to terms with the fact that most people are now streaming music rather than buying it and it’s only going to increase. Personally, I think in only around 5 years time companies like Apple and Amazon could well stop selling music altogether and move to a similar format as Netflix where people have only the option to pay a monthly subscription and get all content.

I think in around 5 years time companies like Apple and Amazon could well stop selling music altogether and move to a similar format as Netflix where people have only the option to pay a monthly subscription and get all content.

Discuss a political/ environmental/ world event from 2018 that affected you on an emotional, spiritual or physical level.

I would love to see a complete ban on plastic bags, just get rid of them completely, plastic bottles as well. Our oceans and waterways are the lifeblood of this planet and extreme action is needed immediately. Also the effect of having fish farms on the migratory routes of breeding wild fish is having a huge impact on wild stocks of especially salmon and sea trout. They discharge huge amounts of disease and parasites into the water and the fish farm industry needs major regulation.

5 years from now, I’d like to see the industry evolve in the following ways…

I would love to see club nights be a bit more open minded musically. There is nothing wrong with listening to 3 DJs playing 3 different genres in one night. It can be rather obvious and dull to hear every DJ playing the same style, even the same tracks at the one event these days.

First sunrise of the year at The Soundgarden, Mar del Plata, Argentina

First sunrise of the year at The Soundgarden, Mar del Plata, Argentina

My advice to any DJ is to rest as much as possible, do not complain to your fan base about petty travel issues and be nice to everyone you meet.

The most important lesson I learned in 2018 is…

Enjoy every moment of work and travel. I am blessed to be as busy as I am and get to travel to amazing countries and meet lovely people. My advice to any DJ is to rest as much as possible, do not complain to your fan base about petty travel issues and be nice to everyone you meet.

One thing besides music that keeps me inspired in this world is…

My love for the British countryside and lifestyles of the people who live there. I adore being in the Scottish highlands and salmon fishing in June, there is nowhere finer on the planet. It’s a great antidote to all the traveling and hectic city life that my work involves.


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