Having already received attention from Radio 1’s Rob da Bank and the Majestic YouTube channel, Wayward’s debut track Only Flaw left us eager to hear more. Their vocal re-work of Fish Go Deep’s The Cure And The Cause hints at a musical talent that has now been reaffirmed by the arrival of their equally uplifting follow-up track, Marvin (see below). With Eton Messy already giving it their backing, great things look set to lie ahead for the Leeds and London-based duo in 2013, so we asked them to answer a few questions and put together a mix. It’s a seamless mix of Disco, House and a bit of UKG and the tracklist is at the bottom of the page. Both Only Flaw and Marvin are available for free download from their Facebook.
Moon Boots – Got Somebody
Aeroplane vs Friendly Fires vs Flight Facilities – I Crave Paris
Bugz in the Attic – Consequences
Midnight Magic – Beam Me Up (Jacques Renault Remix)
Tom Demac – Dirty Honey (Original Mix)
Wayward – Marvin
Voyeur – Blame it on the Youth
Breach – You Won’t Find Love Again
Detroit Swindle – Guess What
Rachel Row – Follow the Step (Trikk Mix)
Justin Martin – Don’t Go (Dusky Remix)
Bicep – Stripper
R.I.P Productions – Obsessed
Classix – Into the Valley feat Karl Dixon (Julio Bashmore Remix)
Jordan Peak – Don’t it feel Good
Basement Jaxx – Red Alert (Steve Gurley Mix)
Marvin Gaye – Sunny (Mercury Edit II)
Wayward – Only Flaw
For any of our readers who don’t know Wayward, who are you and what do you do?
Wayward consists of two of us, Lawrence and Louis. We went to school together, we’ve known each other for years but didn’t end up sitting down at a computer to make tunes together until recently. Ultimately, we’re trying to make music that tells a little story. As for musical inspirations: our parents’ record collections, UK Garage, wedding music and music that we listen to when we’re out.
How would you describe what you do to your grandparents?
Endlessly pressing virtual buttons in the hope that it makes a sound that might get played in the discotheque.
The reception of Only Flaw has been remarkable. One YouTube fan describing it as the “perfect song for sleeping, waking, walking, sexing, sexting, dancing”. How do you feel about its reception? Were you expecting it?
Haha, dunno how we feel about providing the soundtrack to this guy’s ‘sexting’ sessions but the reception has been nuts. When we finished Only Flaw and sent it to Majestic we didn’t really expect them to post it. When they did and people started posting comments saying how much they enjoyed the track it was really good to see! Its an unusual experience getting feedback on your work so instantaneously on such a massive scale – especially considering this was our first tune.
Can you talk us through the making of the track?
It started from listening to The Cure And The Cause (where we got the sample from). The ‘don’t take your love away’ line in the vocal stood out for us and so that became the starting point for the tune. We worked with that and just built upon it over a few cold nights spent shivering in Lawrence’s room.
Majestic played a big part in the success of Only Flaw. The whole YouTube channel thing isn’t really a new sensation per se, but in 2013 they’re becoming a real force in musical promotion, with a few of them even branching out into record labels, blogs and club nights. What do you make of them?
Its no surprise that they’re becoming so popular as a way for people to listen to music. The simplicity of them, a song and a pic of a hot girl, makes them really accessible and the ease in which the links can be shared on social media means that channels can become recognisable brands fairly quickly. Once you have established a brand and a particular ‘sound’, its fairly easy to branch out to other things such as club nights, labels and blogs. It seems like a beneficial arrangement for both the artists (who are given a platform for their music) and the creators of the channels (who, if successful, must be making a bit of money from ads) – this sounds like a bit of a media essay.
Are there different strengths you each bring to the table when you’re making music?
Lawrence is definitely more focused on the production side of things, getting things to sound good, and Louis is more focused on melody, harmony and chords. But overall we both chip in on all sides of music making.
And following on from that (and you can’t blame us for asking after your first song), can you tell us what the biggest flaw is in the other?
If you could remix or sample one track, what would it be?
We’ve been looking for an acapella of Esperanza Spalding’s Black Gold for ages now.
Could you talk us through the mix you made for us?
We wanted the mix to consist of something for everyone and try and reflect everything we’re listening to at the moment. It goes from 110bpm through to 130 and thats the sort of theme we want to create with our sets. We wanted it to have that party feel whilst also going deeper in sections. One of our favourites is the Detroit Swindle track which gets the medium between both the party vibe and the deeper sounding stuff.
You run a night called Dilation. Can you tell us a bit about that?
Dilation, run by us alongside two other good mates, started back in 2009 at Gramaphone in London. We booked Nero for a couple hundred quid and 200 of our mates and their mates (mostly underage) came down. Since then we’ve moved up to Leeds for uni and its been a great few years going from a small 200 capacity venue to now putting on 1000+ parties. We try and put on nights with a positive party atmosphere, putting on bigger and bigger artists for as cheap as we can possibly do it.
If you could headline one club night (not including Dilation!) and one festival, which they be?
Deviation – If Benji B likes your music, you know you’re doing something right.
Bestival – Best. Festival.
You definitely started 2013 with a bang. Where would you like to be by the end of the year? Any more releases or live dates coming up?
Hopefully we’d like to get some actual releases and get asked to do some remixes. We’re in the process of putting together a four-track EP which we’ll put out for free download. We’ll be working with an amazing vocalist who’s hopefully going to feature on two tracks on the EP. Ultimately we’d like to get a good reception from that and see where that takes us.
You can catch us play at every Dilation – the next one is on the 15 March in Leeds with Benji B, MJ Cole and Wookie. We’re also playing for the Brotherhood Soundsystem guys on 8 March in Leeds. Hopefully, loads more to come over the summer too.