BILLBOARD-notsoserioussessionsNOLINK copy

A product of Bristol’s ever growing house scene, Waifs & Strays are Amos Nelson and Rich Beanland. First gripping the house music scene’s attention in 2010 on one of our favourite UK labels Leftroom; the pair have gone on to rock the floor at well…just about everywhere from fabric to Watergate, Cirque Bonheur to the Electric Pickle and everything in between. Starting off our new weekly series, MEOKO welcome you to step inside the minds of Waifs & Strays. It’s pretty self explanatory really, we start, they finish. Why? Ermm, why not?…’The Not So Serious Sessions’ – Session 1.

 WAIFS  STRAYS jpegs yeloow-1

I’m going to teach my children…

Amos…to make their own minds up about things. And gymnastics…you can do great party tricks if know gymnastics!

Rich…to break-dance, play the keytar and to write computer code. The holy trinity of a healthy successful child.

 

The best mix series…

Amos…has to be fabric and fabric Live. The CDs are amazing, with some real classic mixes in the series over the year. Everything about them embodies the club and the quality it has upheld over all these years – the tins the CDs come in, the artwork and of course the artists and the music! The fact its now into over 100 CDs is pretty amazing as well!

Rich…yeah both fabric mixes are essential listening, plus podcast wise check out Louche and Noir, and of course the big boys like Soul Clap, Wolf + lamb, and RA for the latest and greatest in various house music related genres.

 

I’ve never understood…

Amos…any foreign language. I am dyslexic and can just about understand a few words of French from GCSE but that’s about it…Je m’appel Jean Claude etc

Rich…how the vibrations of a thin layer of membrane in your ear can result in huge and almost instant changes in your mental and emotional state…or the appeal of tofu

 

I’d kill to work with…

Amos…Chic…probably my favourite band. Literally made up of loads of amazing musicians that can just jam all together and make amazing music. Heard some outtakes of their studio sessions and they are ridiculous. Not sure what I would bring to the party though!

Rich…some of my heroes outside of house music: Amon Tobin, Squarepusher, Four Tet, Burial (there are lots more that I would kill to work with of course). Plus closer to home musically it would be really great to work with Crazy P sometime soon…

 

My secret weapon recipe…

Amos…is chicken stuffed with mozzarella, basil and sundried tomatoes, served with a rocket salad and a potato rosti. I am an alright cook and can usually whip up something pretty ok in the kitchen if I need too…funny thing is all the girls I have ever tried to impress with food have been veggies, which is the one food I can’t do very well!

Rich…is to start with scallops, move to something meat based, (simple quality steak will do fine here but also consider rack of lamb, homemade burger or similar), finish with New York Cheesecake. Simple, but effective.

 

Music…

Amos…is the glue that holds my world together.

Rich…thank you.