I like to win, and I like to woo. And now I like to do both those things listening to the heatwave hustlers, Win and Woo. The lads from Illinois are pushing the tropical and melodic house scene in a great direction, stretching out its barriers and giving it some much needed breathing room.
With a blend of deep house bumps, live instrumental touches and an ear for pop influenced vocals, the Chicago duo have their own style and a strong momentum to get ahead of the throng of trop wannabes flooding the scene.
This sixty minute mix is a great blend of their own strong simmering work as well as tracks and remixes from friends like Evan Gartner and ALMOND to add some pop. Highlights include their brand new remix of Phoebe Ryan, Earstrip and Torha's fresh take on Croatia Squad and a brand new unreleased remix by Win and Woo themselves.
These gents remind me of another remixing power duo by the name of The Chainsmokers and it just so happens they were just featured in a Chainsmokers mix recently. Game respect game. Do I sense a tour in the works? Let's make it happen boys. In the meantime enjoy this molten mix and learn a bit about these emerging tastemakers in the interview below!
What is your story? How did the Win and the Woo combine forces?
We started working together in 2010, Djing at Illinois State University. Both coming from a musical background (high school bands, guitar, piano, etc.. Woo even played the friggin french horn) we soon picked up Ableton, baby steps. Win and Woo was born a year ago, when we made the choice to firmly focus/ showcase our production. The brand was created to not limit us, but to allow us grow and adapt to change. It's pretty much our last names.
What is your approach to making music together? What are some things that guide the inspiration and creative process?
We try to come into each project with an open mind. Beginning simple and moving quick at first. This allows us to make progress / finish our works without overthinking it too much. We are constantly inspired by other artists that push the limits of their creativity.
What are some of your signatures in the technical aspect of your music? Is there a signature element to all of your tracks?
We try to keep our sound as organic as possible. Mixing in the more electronic elements with organic piano/ guitar/ drums. Simplicity and subtleties are key for our sound. Also must make zee head bob haha.
How are you trying to define yourself in the house genre as producers?
Always a tougher question. Like a mix of deep, tropical, pop you could say deep trop pop.
What is the difference in your producing and djing? Do you prefer one or the other?
In the past year, we have really focused on our production. That has definitely grown more as a skill than our djing. As we are newer to the USB/ Record box process, we love it and are improving our dj skills weekly as well.
What is on the horizon for Win & Woo that our readers should get stoked for?
Plenty of music this summer and some original tunes in the near future. Also we hope to continue to travel and meet more people around the world. Coming out to LA in May to hang out, never been!
What would be your favorite place to play a show?
So far the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago. Pretty amazing anytime your in front of 5k peeps.
Who would you like to work with or be mentored by?
What is your favorite part about working together? What are those sides of being an artist that a listener just can't comprehend?
We have always worked well together. Somebody always picks up slack where the other lacks. We are close friends but see the same dream. Thats what keeps us going. Its often hard as most every artists know. Its the support from your friends and fans that really keep you going. Their support keeps us confident in our creativity. No better feeling than sharing your art with other people and seeing their reaction.
Phoebe Ryan - Mine (Win & Woo Remix)
Matvey Emerson Feat. Lina - Say Hello (Deep Dish Cover)
Anna Graceman - Words (Lulleaux Remix)
Mowe - Pump Up The Jam
Going Deeper & Xandl - We Got It (Original Mix)
ID - ID (Win & Woo Remix)
Croatia Squad - Milking (Earstrip & Torha Remix)
Diplo - Revolution (Absence Remix)
Like Morgan - Sweet Dreams (Original Mix)
EVVY - Swing (Win & Woo Remix)
SNBRN Ft. Kerli - Raindrops (Original Mix)
Jupiter Project & Jetski Safari Ft. Helen Corry - With You (ALMOND Remix)
Stoned Bears - Music Sounds Better With You (Original Mix)
Fat Joe - Lean Back (Evan Gartner Remix)
Jay-Z - Roc Boys (Matoma Remix)
A Tribe Called Quest - once Again (Bit Funk Remix)
Jagged Edge - Where The Party At? (Viceroy “Jet Life” Remix)
Phoebe Ryan, R.Kelly/Miguel Cover - Ignition/Do You (Win & Woo Remix)